MG debuting electric roadster concept

The MG brand is looking back at its roadster past and into its EV future with its upcoming Cyberster electric concept, which is expected to have 800km of range and a 3.0-second 0-100km/h time.

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William Stopford
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MG hasn’t forgotten its sports car heritage.

The company has released more teaser images of its upcoming Cyberster electric roadster concept, first teased last year.

Chinese media reports indicate it’ll have 800km of electric range and a 0-100km/h time of around three seconds.

It’ll also offer 5G connectivity and Level 3 autonomous driving technology.

The drop-top EV concept is expected to debut on March 31.

The new teasers give us a closer look at the aggressive front splitter and twin buttresses.

There’s a dramatically cut-off tail with futuristic lighting elements reminiscent of the Union Jack.

The Speedster wears ovoid headlights, more closely resembling those of the upcoming E-Motion than any of MG’s current range of hatchbacks, sedans and SUVs.

While the Cyberster is so far just a concept, the E-Motion is reportedly entering production this year.

An electric 2+2, the E-Motion was first previewed in concept form at the 2017 Shanghai motor show.

Patent images revealed last year show the production model is wearing a new, rather Aston Martin-esque face, though the rest of its body closely resembles that of the concept.

The concept used a dual-motor electric powertrain capable of propelling the coupe to 100km/h in around four seconds. Electric range was a claimed 500km.

Should the Cyberster reach production, it’ll be the first MG drop-top since the TF ended production in 2011.

This was an MG Rover-developed vehicle dusted off by MG’s new (at the time) owners, the Nanjing Automobile Group, who in turn merged with MG’s current owner SAIC Motor.

Under new Chinese ownership, assembly of the TF began again in 2008 in the mothballed Longbridge plant in the UK from completely knocked down (CKD) kits, three years after production had initially ended.

The last sports coupe from MG was the short-lived XPower SV, based on the Qvale Mangusta.

Just 82 examples of the Ford V8-powered coupe were built in the dying days of MG Rover from 2003 to 2005.


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