First launched in 2008, Roding Automobile is a German automaker that presented an alternative sports car, presumably aimed for hipster auto enthusiasts who preferred going against the grain with their performance car choices. Thus, the two-seater Roding Roadster R1 was born. Since its creation, the Roadster still retains an aura of mystique about it. Whether Roding intended it or not, the Roadster R1 is still unrecognizable to a lot of people, auto hipsters included. But, even with its under-the-radar appeal, the Roadster has actually been the subject of a handful of tuning programs, most recently by Swiss tuner Dähler Design & Technik GmbH.
Relatively unknown to most people, Dähler Design & Technik GmbH has actually been involved in the auto tuning scene for the better part of 20 years, having done some exclusive programs for a number of cars ranging from niche models like the Roadster R1 to mainstream models like the BMW 4 Series. It doesn’t get the same amount of publicity as fellow Swiss tuner Mansory, because Dähler is one of those companies that isn’t a staple in huge auto shows like Mansory is.
The good thing about Dähler is that even without the attention, it has still established a reputation for building and developing high-quality tuning kits. This one for the Roadster R1 is no exception. It’s got an extensive aero kit for the exterior to go with a well-dressed interior and a two-stage engine modification system that squeezes some extra juice out of the Roadster’s 3.0-liter inline-six engine.
There may be more programs that get more of the acclaim than this one, but for what it’s worth, Dähler’s program for the Roadster R1 may just what Roding needs to get more attention for its niche sports car.
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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!