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.
Brutal overall performance
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.
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”.