The MG sports roadster is back. It is true, modern MG has pretty much nothing to do with the classic British MG brand, now completely Chinese, but there is some lineage on the way.
Welcome to the MG Cyberster. It has just been unveiled at the Auto Shanghai 2023 motor show in China, and the new brand has confirmed it will be putting it into production.
Unfortunately, full specifications and the exciting details around the drop-top have not been disclosed at this point. MG did originally unveil the Cyberster as a concept car back in 2021, which could give us some clues.
The concept was pitched as a fully electric vehicle promising a range of up to 800km, and a 0-100km/h time of under 3.0 seconds. At the time, MG said the body had been aerodynamically formed in a way that enhances performance, while the MG grille served as an air duct to provide airflow over the chassis.
According to documents filed with Chinese authorities, MG is set to offer two main powertrains for the production model; an entry level variant with a rear-mounted electric motor for rear-wheel drive, producing around 235kW, and a dual-motor AWD version offering around 400kW.
With a footprint measuring around 4535mm in overall length, 1913mm in width, and 1329mm tall, while using a 2690mm wheelbase, it is going to be a pretty large sports car. For example, the latest Nissan Z measures 4380mm, 1845mm, 1315mm, with a wheelbase of 2550mm. The MG Cyberster is considerably larger.
Official specs are yet to be confirmed, however, so we’ll have to wait and see. Another figure that is important is the weight, with leaked documents apparently mentioning figures between 1850kg and 1985kg, depending on the powertrain.
We guess the main news is MG is going to put this into production and try and rekindle some of the spirit of the original MG brand. Guy Pigounakis, MG Motor UK’s commercial director, said:
“This is the perfect time to introduce an MG that completely reconnects with our performance DNA and is designed to enthral the driver on every level. MG is all set for an electric, sporting future and it is the perfect way to start celebrating our 100th anniversary.”
It’s understood the roadster will be offered with a few different colour and trim options, such as red or black for the mechanical-folding soft-top roof, or black or silver exterior trimmings, with wheels measuring 19 or 20 inches.
The MG Cyberster will go on sale in Europe in the middle of 2024 (Aussie winter). MG Australia has also confirmed with other media that it will be launched locally as well, although timing is yet to be outlined.