The MG Cyberster roadster will go into production, a post on the Chinese social media site, WeChat, has confirmed. The announcement, made by the design division of MG’s parent company SAIC, says that the company has received “more than 5,000” registrations to its ‘MG CyberCUBE’ crowdfunding platform. This platform was established to determine whether the Cyberster would be produced. Our sister publication Autocar UK understands MG will pursue right-hand-drive production for certain markets.
- MG said they will put the Cyberster in production if it got 5,000 registrations
- Production-spec MG Cyberster to be toned down but remain true to concept
At the 2021 Shanghai motor show, MG said it would monitor interest in the new two-seater concept, with a target of achieving 5,000 registrations by July 31. Each of the MG CyberCUBE registrations received by the company is combined with a RMB 1,000 (about Rs 11,440) ‘share’ deposit. It allows crowdfunding participants to provide input into the development of the Cyberster, according to MG.
MG Cyberster: design
The electric two-door roadster is intended as a “vision of the future”, previewing technology and design cues used by upcoming MG models, while making nods to some of the British brand’s past models – including the venerable MG B launched in 1962. The production version will feature heavily toned-down design cues, but will remain true to the overall concept.
A product of MG’s parent company SAIC’s London design centre, the radical Cyberster was styled with an emphasis on aerodynamic efficiency. Headline features include its sizeable front air duct, ‘kamm tail’ flat rear-end and ‘hacker blade’ wheel designs. The rear deck is dominated by a pair of air-channeling buttresses, which also house the floating head rests for the ‘Zero Gravity’ seats.
MG Cyberster: features and powertrain
MG has yet to release full technical details of the Cyberster but says that it’s based on a bespoke EV architecture and will offer a range of 800km and a 0-100kph time of less than 3.0sec. It will also feature 5G connectivity.
The Cyberster has round ‘Magic Eye’ LED headlights, inspired by those of classic MG models, that ‘open’ when switched on. There are also bold ‘laser belt’ LED strips down the sides of the car, while the flattened rear end features an LED light design that contains elements of the Union Jack flag.
MG Cyberster: India launch details
While MG is evaluating producing the Cyberster for right-hand drive markets, likely recipients are the UK and Japan. However, MG Motor India could bring a small batch to the market via the 2,500 unit homologation free rule.