The wait is nearly over for the revival of the British roadster... with a twist.
Unless you wear a hat off the set of Peaky Blinders, find tweed more attractive than silk, and are at least 95 years old, you probably don't even know about MG, let alone care about the British automaker's news. But for those in the know, the marque created small sports cars that were so fun to drive that even the legendary Mazda MX-5 Miata was partly inspired by them, so when we heard back in 2017 that the brand wanted to take on Tesla, our interest was piqued. We heard a year later that the car was still in the works, before January this year brought us the news that a new car was coming this year. And here are the new teasers, as penned by parent company SAIC.
Just the three images above are new, showing off a split cockpit with what we assume to be a touch-sensitive control pad, a large driver display, and a unique steering wheel. The pics don't reveal much more but based on our previous story and the pics therein, we do know that the MG Cyberster will have a speedster-like appearance, with a sharply raked hood and a very shallow windscreen.
But don't worry, if the proportions of the production car are similar to those of these renders, then the Cyberster should insulate occupants from flying bugs and road debris well enough - no need for a helmet here. What you will need is a tech-savvy mind to take advantage of the car's promised 5G tech and Level 3 autonomous driving functions. Whether die-hard fans of the brand even know what 5G is or not is another story altogether.
As interesting as it is to contemplate, what will matter most will be the performance, which hopefully won't be too extreme. MG is a brand that you buy for driving pleasure, not drag racing bragging rights. Sadly, no details have been given on the electric powertrain, but we expect the possibility of a dual-motor setup with all-wheel drive. That may not sit well with those who know MG as a brand that sends its power to one axle only, but with EV platforms allowing for a low center of gravity and instantaneous acceleration, the trade-off will be a car that is more capable than anything MG has ever made. Let's just hope it makes it to production - British automakers (most notably Lotus) have a habit of making big claims and never living up to them.
We'll find out more details when the car is officially unveiled on March 31st.