MG is previewing the ‘Return of the Legend’, teasing in a video its upcoming electric Cyberster that’ll represent the brand’s return to the sports car market.
The low-resolution teaser video, which was uploaded to MG UK’s social media, gives us more brief glimpses at what’s believed to be a Cyberster in production form, finished in a glossy red paint like the concept it’s based off.
“We can confirm that we are reviewing the MG Cyberster for the Australian and New Zealand market in right hand drive configuration and are currently exploring different variants and specifications,” said a spokesperson for MG Motor Australia.
The teasers follow a set of leaked patent images of the MG Cyberster from earlier this year, which reveal a more toned-down design compared to the initial Cyberster concept.
Some design cues previewed in the latest teaser video include the roadster’s scissor-opening doors, electric-folding soft top, ducktail spoiler, two-tone alloy wheels, LED headlights, and the arrow-like LED tail lights.
We also get a look at the red-and-white seats. The previous teaser showed the Cyberster has a steering yoke with paddle shifters.
Given MG’s ancestral homeland is the UK, the company confirmed at the concept’s reveal it would be right-hand drive – which opens the door for an Australian introduction.
Technical specifications haven’t been revealed yet, though the concept had a claimed 0-100km/h sprint time of 3.0 seconds and 800km of range.
Expect the production version of the MG Cyberster to have performance and range figures that are a little more down to earth.
This upcoming electric convertible 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.
Though it’ll feature an entirely different type of propulsion, the MG Cyberster represents a return to the company’s heritage as a manufacturer of compact sports cars. Hence the ‘Return of the Legend’ captioning in the latest teaser video.
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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