The 100% electric MG Cyberster returns the brand to its Roadster roots
It's been nearly 30 years since MG last revealed a two-seat convertible and 60 years since the last MG roadster.
The big news with the new Cyberster is that it's 100% electric and doesn't have any rivals - well, until the new Tesla Roadster, and Porsche Boxster EV come to the market.
One advantage the MG Cyberster has over its upcoming rivals - the price, with it expected to undercut the competition with a starting price of around £50,000.
MG Cyberster design
The proportional norms of a traditional roadster have certainly been adhered to, with a long bonnet, a relatively short tail, and a two-seater cabin in between.
The electrically-folding fabric roof has been designed not only to provide a secure interior environment, but also to keep the MG Cyberster’s silhouette clean, flowing gently into the rear deck.
A unique and very clever touch is the use of black plastic elements around that rear deck. These trick the eye, giving the impression that the car has more extreme rear haunches than it actually does.
The nose takes inspiration from MG’s former models, with sleek headlights and an illuminated badge that sit alongside some muscular surfacing.
The rear end and its controversial tail lights, meanwhile, is inspired by a graphic representation of the Union Jack flag.
Powertrain and performance
The Cyberster's all-electric powertrain is due to be available in both single- and twin-motor variants and its done much to dictate the new model's overall proportions.
This creates a car that is larger than any other MG roadster that's been before, with leaked patent filings confirming the car will measure 4535mm long, 1913mm wide, and 1329mm high.
MG Cyberster will come with 19" alloys as standard, with the higher-spec versions being upgraded to 20" alloys.
The leak mentioned earlier provided mechanical information about the Cyberster, with the entry-level single motor version coming with 309bhp, and a second dual-motor model being equipped with 536bhp.
Top speed on the Cyberster should be around 124mph.
No official details have been mentioned, but MG claimed that the Cyberster concept could do 500 miles on a single charge, and accelerate from 0 - 62mph in less than 3 seconds...
Availability and pricing
Due for European release in the summer of 2024, with prices and overall specifications still to be confirmed.
Guy Pigounakis, Commercial Director for MG said at the unveiling “we’d target a price tag of £50,000 for the single-motor and £60,000 for the dual-motor if it went on sale today. We won’t aggressively sell the Cyberster, we’ll sell however many are needed.” He also spoke on the Cyberster’s role within MG’s range. “The MG brand is powerful and generates emotion, but for a younger audience there’s no negative or positives surrounding it, the Cyberster will help with this.”