MG has revealed a dual-motor flagship version of its all-electric Mulan hatchback, known elsewhere as the MG 4, in China with hot hatch-rivalling performance.

    Dubbed the Triumph Edition, it’s unclear if this dual-motor version of the MG 4 will be offered in Australia.

    As recently reported, the single-motor version of the MG 4 hatch is due here in the first half of 2023.

    We’ve reached out to MG Motor Australia to see if there’s any possibility for the dual-motor MG 4 to launch locally and will update this story once we hear back.

    This flagship version of the MG 4 is powered by a dual-motor all-wheel drive setup producing 330kW of power and 600Nm of torque.

    For context this is 20kW and 100Nm more than the Mercedes-AMG A45 S, and 36kW and 100Nm more than the Audi RS3.

    The dual-motor MG 4 also has similar outputs as the Smart #1 Brabus Performance Edition which also has a dual-motor all-wheel drive setup, but produces 315kW and 543Nm.

    MG claims the dual-motor version of the MG 4 can do the 0-100km/h sprint in 3.8 seconds. This is on par with the Mercedes-AMG A45 S, Audi RS3, and Smart #1 Brabus, and puts it between the Tesla Model 3 Long Range (4.4 seconds) and Performance (3.3 seconds).

    This dual-motor all-wheel drive electric powertrain is mated to the same 64kWh ternary lithium battery pack as the top-of-the-range single-motor MG 4.

    MG claims the dual-motor MG 4 has an electric range of 460km according to more lenient CLTC testing. For reference, the single-motor version with the same battery pack has a claimed CLTC range of 520km.

    The dual-motor MG 4 receives torque vectoring, orange “high-performance” brake calipers, and 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels wrapped in 235/45 R18 Bridgestone tyres.

    On the inside the flagship dual-motor MG 4 also receives Alcantara sports seats with six-way electric adjustment and two-way lumbar support, and an Alcantara steering wheel.

    MG’s commercial director in the UK, Guy Pigounakis, recently told Auto Express that it’s looking at launching the dual-motor version of the MG 4 in early 2023, indicating it’ll be offered in right-hand drive.

    “We’re bringing out a high-performance version of MG 4 in about six months,” said Mr Pigounakis.

    “It gives us the option of erring on the side of comfort with the standard car because of the very high-performance, twin-motor derivative.”

    It’s unclear if the UK version of the dual-motor MG 4 will use the Triumph Edition name, or if it’ll wear the X-Power name which is currently used on a limited-edition version of the plug-in hybrid MG 6 in China.

    “I’d like to see the brand transitioning more towards a sporty image,” added Mr Pigounakis.

    “We have very sensible cars today. That’s about to change into sensible and fun cars.”

    Pricing for the dual-motor version of the MG 4 hasn’t been revealed yet in China or the UK, but the single-motor variant kicks off at £25,995 ($A44,104) in the UK.

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    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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