We already knew what it would look like thanks to patent images, spy photos, and a Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology filing, but here it is: the production-spec MG Cyberster.
MG has released a series of images of the electric roadster, which will take the stage at this week’s Shanghai motor show two years after it was first previewed in concept form.
“I can confirm that we will be bringing the MG Cyberster to the Australian and New Zealand market and hope to have more exciting news to share around this in due course,” said a spokesperson from MG Motor Australia.
MG has yet to release any technical details, but the aforementioned filing filled in some blanks.
It lists a single-motor rear-wheel drive powertrain with 231kW of peak power, as well as a dual-motor all-wheel drive powertrain boasting a front-axle motor with peak power of 150kW and a rear-axle motor with peak power of 250kW.
Top speed is 193km/h in the single-motor variant and 200km/h in the dual-motor version.
The Cyberster measures 4535mm long, 1913mm wide and 1329mm tall on a 2690mm wheelbase, with a choice of 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels and red or black fabric roofs.
Though it has only two seats, those external dimensions mean it’s 156mm longer than a Porsche 718 Boxster on a 215mm longer wheelbase.
It’s unclear just how large the lithium-ion battery pack is in the Cyberster, and what kind of range it offers.
Inside, there’s driver-focused cockpit with a wraparound display ahead of the driver consisting of three screens, as well as a steering yoke.
A prominent – and seemingly upholstered – grab handle sits on the passenger’s side.
MG has also employed plenty of brightwork, including around the centre stack-mounted gear selector and on the yoke.
As previous spy photos have revealed, the Cyberster has been toned down slightly from the concept that debuted at the 2021 Shanghai motor show.
There’s still a clear resemblance, however, from the aggressive front bumper to the flowing silhouette and all the way back to the arrow-shaped tail lights.
How exactly it’ll be priced and positioned within MG’s crossover-heavy line-up is unclear.
“Right up to when the [first full-scale production prototype from China] was arriving [in the UK] we were looking at it as a natural successor to the MG F. It’s completely not. It’s in a completely different sector of the market,” MG UK commercial director Guy Pigounakis told Autocar.
While its role as the brand’s only sports car will lend a halo effect, Mr Pigounakis’ remarks point to the production Cyberster being potentially more expensive than had been envisaged.
This Cyberster will have essentially no competition once it launches. Given MG’s positioning more as a value-oriented brand, the production Cyberster is likely to undercut upcoming electric sports cars like the Lotus Type 135, due in 2026, and the Alpine A110 replacement that’ll share its platform, as well as the next Tesla Roadster.
Porsche is also preparing an electric replacement to its 718 Boxster and Cayman, which is due around 2024 or 2025.
While MG has always offered a range of sedans and/or hatchbacks, dating back to its founding in the UK in 1924, the demise of the TF droptop in 2011 has lead to one of its longest droughts without a sports car yet.
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