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by Brett Davis

Roding has been spotted testing a new version of its Roding Roadster on public roads at the Nurburgring. The new version showcases a fresh look with a more natural design compared with the last time the Roding was spotted.

It now features fuller, more complete bodywork with a modern sports car profile. At the front, there’s a low and sharp bumper with lower front corners and a horizontal venting theme spread the entire width of the front end.

The sides feature big vertical intakes and a blend of curvy haunches matched with square edges and contours, while at the back there’s a big engine cover with twin humps and central vents. There’s also a squared-off rear face and a big rear diffuser.

Under the engine cover sits a turbocharged six-cylinder engine producing around 220kW of power and 400Nm of torque. It might not sound like much but the Roding Roadster uses a carbon fibre chassis structure with aluminium sub-frames equating to an overall weight of just 950kg.

Inside features a stripped-out cabin featuring the bare minimum. There’s a large carbon fibre centre console, which houses the six-speed manual transmission, and a flat dashboard which is obviously not yet finalised for production.

Roding Automobile hasn’t released specific release dates or pricing, but the Roding Roadster is expected to be unveiled in full during the first half of 2012. Sales are said to begin sometime later.




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