MGB Reborn With V8 And Electric Powertrain Options

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The EV revs to 9,000 rpm and uses a manual gearbox.

With a growing market for classic electromods, UK-based firm Frontline is the latest to join the fray with the reveal of the MG BEE (short for MGB EV Edition). As its name implies, the MGB-based electromod aims to retain the fun in driving by keeping the driving characteristics of a combustion engine car despite switching to an all-electric powertrain.

Frontline installed a five-speed Mazda-derived transmission, which the company claims provides a similar feel to the ICE cars typically equipped with it. The firm said the gearbox works like a traditional one - except for the ability to start and stop in any gear and not stall. Prospective owners should also enjoy the EV's ability to heel and toe.

While modern EVs like the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N employ simulated transmissions, it's not quite the same as the real deal. But perhaps more exciting is that the BEE can rev up to 9,000 rpm between shifts.

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Powering the electromod is a Hyper9 100 KW (134 horsepower) motor with 162 lb-ft of torque and a power-to-weight ratio of 102 horsepower per ton. With a 40 kWh battery in place, the BEE weighs approximately 2,617 lbs and can charge from 0-100% in five hours when using a 7 kW charger.

The BEE will be offered in two body configurations - the BEE roadster and the BEE GT coupe.

"We resisted conventional EV conversion despite the demand until we were able to deliver a vehicle that delivered the Frontline drive and ethos, a vehicle that feels engaging and a pleasure to drive without compromise, yet meeting modern environmental changes," said Tim Fenna, founder and chief engineer of Frontline Cars.

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Frontline has also introduced the LE60, the company's most powerful and driver-focused car ever built. It marks 30 years of Frontline - limited to 30 examples only - and 60 years of the MGB, hence the '60' moniker. An all-new 375-hp 4.8-liter V8 powers the car, replacing the Mazda inline-fours from predecessors, the Abingdon and LE50. That is thrice the power of the original MGB.

"The LE60 is not just a car for us, but a heartfelt celebration of Frontline's history and our intertwining connection with not only MG but more specifically the MGB."

Frontline will officially debut the BEE and LE60 at the Bicester Heritage Sunday Scramble in the UK on October 8, 2023.

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