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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