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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Standard safety features include four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
The 2010 Audi R8 hasn't yet been crash tested by either NHTSA or the IIHS, and given the R8's price tag and limited production, it probably won't be tested anytime soon. Fortunately, the 2010 Audi R8 comes loaded with a number of standard safety features, and TheCarConnection.com's editors have enough confidence in the Audi R8's features to give it a score of 9 out of 10 in this category.
Both versions of the 2010 Audi R8 boast numerous standard safety features, including industry-first full LED headlamps, which provide better and quicker illumination than standard headlights. Cars.com lists some of the R8's standard safety items as "four-wheel-disc antilock brakes with traction control" and an excellent "electronic stability system" that is driver-controllable. The 2010 Audi R8 also features Audi's supremely capable quattro all-wheel-drive system, which provides prodigious amounts of grip and stability in adverse driving conditions. The latest R8 includes the standard complement of airbags, featuring both seat-mounted side-impact airbags and a driver's knee airbag.
Although the 2010 Audi R8 comes well-equipped in the safety feature department, it still suffers from one major safety flaw: poor driver visibility. The view out of the spacious windshield is more than adequate, but ConsumerGuide warns that drivers will be faced with a "restricted aft and over-the-shoulder" view thanks to the "wide ‘flying buttress' rear-roof pillars and narrow rear-window opening." Fortunately, Audi makes a rearview camera available on both models of the R8, and these should aid significantly in parking-lot maneuvers.
The 2010 Audi R8 boasts plenty of safety gear, with the expected poor rearward visibility of a supercar.