Before you get too excited about these spy shots, we have to tell you that, despite similarities, you are not looking at a production version of the Audi e-tron Spyder Concept. This is, in fact, the Roding - a two seat mid-engine sports car developed by a small German car manufacturer called Roding Automobile.

A Roding prototype was caught testing for the first time last year, but it was one of the ugliest cars ever. Roding seemed to have understood that and knew that if they wanted to "set new standards in the roadster segment" they would have to change things significantly. And they did!

The new Roading Roadster will feature a carbon fiber chassis and a powerful turbo charged engine. Maximum performance and driving dynamics are achieved through consequent lightweight construction, and a state of the art six cylinder turbocharged engine with an impressive output of 300 HP and 295 pound-feet of torque. The engine will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission which sends the power to the rear wheels.

The official presentation will be held at the end of this year, with first delivery set to begin in 2012. There will be only 23 units built.

UPDATE 02/22/2012: After getting put through some extensive testing a year ago, the Roding Roadster will finally be making its world debut next month at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Can’t wait? Here’s a new rendering to hold you over!

UPDATE 02/28/2012: With just one week before its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the Roding Roadster has been unveiled in a series of new teaser images. The good news is that it looks even better when painted in red!

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  (467) posted on 03.8.2012

It’s not like its appearance is unacceptable! The mechanical specifications really sound powerful.

  (517) posted on 03.5.2012

To be painfully honest, yes it’s a very unfortunate looking car. No matter how powerful and speedy it is, there are surely other cars with almost identical qualities yet looking good.

  (594) posted on 02.28.2012

Pasajerong123, just like you, I am impressed with its exterior based on the concept design, but do you also find it annoying in the spy shots?

  (211) posted on 02.27.2012

I hope that the Roadster will be the same on its debut at Geneva Motor Show. On the concept picture, the bumper seems on original design as well as the headlamps. This is definitely aerodynamically perfect.

  (399) posted on 02.27.2012

The design emanates an exotic and intimidating aura. However, the performance must match that. It’s expected to give off aggressive and sleek maneuvers.

  (333) posted on 11.2.2011

Well, it really looks so aggressive because of its design, but I also find it very nasty. I think it is much better if they let this car on a simple modification. Anyway, I hope that it had an impressive engine.

  (831) posted on 10.24.2011

It was really overdressed and looking so awful! However, I’m quite curious on what will be the figure performance of this one. I just hope that they boost the engine of it.

  (570) posted on 10.23.2011

Yeah! I have to agree with Andy Miller. It is indeed very aggressive on its exotic designs, but I still noticed that it was overdressed, and I wonder if what will be the interior of this one will look like.

  (395) posted on 10.21.2011

Well, yes it is an impressive car but still I am much preferred to use those simple cars without exotic designs like this. Printed cars are adorable but this is not the type of design I would love to have on my sports car.

  (595) posted on 10.18.2011

I’m glad that they set new standards in this Roding Roadster, well I can’t blame them before if why they called it one of the ugliest cars but upon looking to its new looks, I can say that you can already line this to those exotic but impressive cars. smiley

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