MG Cyberster: electric car in roadster camouflage

The memory of the light, small roadsters is firmly associated with the former British brand MG. After the British brand was sold to the Chinese SAIC group a few years ago, electric SUV models such as the MG ZSe, the MG4 Electric and the MG5 Electric, the only battery-electric station wagon to date, came to Germany. Now, almost on time for the brand’s centenary next year, MG is presenting the Cyberster, a classic roadster, at the Auto China trade fair in Shanghai, which runs until April 27th.

The entry-level version has a rear-wheel drive with an output of 230 KW, the top-of-the-line model has a brute total output of 400 kW in the form of a two-motor all-wheel drive. The two-seater should complete the standard sprint from zero to 100 km/h in around three seconds and probably be up to 210 km/h fast. With the standard range, a good 480 kilometers should be possible. With the batteries from the manufacturer CATL, the entry-level version already weighs around 1850 kg, while the all-wheel drive vehicle weighs around 1985 kg.

No hope for the earlier lightness that made up a large part of the fascination of driving. With a length of 4.53 meters, a width of 1.91 meters and a height of 1.33 meters, the MG designer Carl Gotham has to match the proportions of the classic two-seater, at least visually. The proportions are correspondingly elegant: The MG Cyberster has a roadster-typical long, flat bonnet, simple, curved lines that do without excessive showmanship and a streamlined rear that follows the specifications of the German aerodynamics pioneer Wunibald Kamm.

Lots of hood…
(Picture: MG)

Two high-swing gullwing doors provide access to the modern cockpit with a yoke-style two-horn steering wheel. This suggests a steer-by-wire concept. According to MG, the roadster will be equipped with “state-of-the-art driver assistance systems”.


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