This all-electric convertible could have up to 536 horsepower on tap.
MG has officially unveiled the all-electric Cyberster at this year's Auto Shanghai show, beating Tesla to the electric sports car punch and committing to the production of the Cyberster concept for a global* market launch in the summer of 2024. That's global with an asterisk because the Cyberster will launch in Asia, Europe, and the UK, and not in the USA.
That's not a surprise because MG, owned by China's SAIC, does not have a presence here. But that doesn't make the production-spec Cyberster any less relevant, especially since it's a production electric sports car before the Tesla Roadster arrives.
Disappointingly, MG hasn't yet published the full details and instead chose Auto Shanghai for a visual preview of the production-spec model.
"The focus for Cyberster was to create a design that was respectful of the brand's illustrious past and to bring back that sporting bloodline, while also being absolutely clear that it should be modern and forward-facing like the MG of today, completely in-tune with the rapid transition to electric vehicles," said Carl Gotham, MG's director of its Marylebone design studio in London.
The exterior design looks fantastic, especially with those scissor doors complimenting classic MG design traits like a long hood and a short rear deck. The car features a power-folding black fabric soft top - a wise choice instead of a heavy and mechanically complicated retractable roof - and there are red Brembo brakes at each corner.
Information was not provided regarding the interior design, but we're really loving that red leather upholstery and grab handle on the passenger side of the center console. And, if you look really closely, there's a large infotainment screen with conventional buttons or knobs directly beneath it.
While no technical specs have been published, leaked information last week from China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology indicated both rear- and all-wheel drive options will be available with upwards of 536 horsepower for the dual-motor version. RWD models are said to have a still impressive 310 hp. The documents also revealed a top speed of 124 mph and a 0-62 mph time of quicker than three seconds.
Although the Cyberster is similar in size to the Mazda MX-5 Miata, it appears to weigh significantly more because of the battery pack, tipping the scale at 4,079 pounds versus the Miata's 2,332 lbs. But again, these are leaked specs, and we're still waiting on official data from the carmaker. No indication regarding pricing has been announced, but we highly doubt the Cyberster will cost anywhere near the second-generation Tesla Roadster's $200k starting price.
MG will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and the Cyberster is the ideal gift to itself and its millions of fans. The carmaker had a near-death experience 16 years ago following the break up of the MG Rover Group. SAIC stepped in and bought MG, turning it into one of Europe's most popular value brands. Along with the Cyberster, MG's lineup consists of several hybrid, plug-in, and BEV crossovers, and a few gas-powered models. It also sells an electric hot hatchback called the MG4 Mulan Triumph Edition.
The brand will be converting to a full battery-electric lineup in the coming years, and the Cyberster will certainly help bring more customers into showrooms.
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