The MG Cyberster is an electric roadster with a convertible soft top, a catchy exterior, and up to 544 hp. It was exposed by the Chinese MIIT and got production permission. Soon, it will hit the market. Let’s get to know it better.
MG Cyberster styling and size
The MG Cyberster has classy coupe proportions, with a short rear end and a long bonnet line. Moreover, it has pretty big overhangs and sporty air intakes. Its headlights are oval-shaped. It is a small tribute to some old-school MG roadsters of the 1960s and 1970s. From the back, the Cyberster got a sporty rear diffuser, a small trunk, arrow-shaped taillights, and the “Cyberster” inscription.
The Cyberster is bigger than the Porsche Cayman.
The MG Cyberster may look like a small vehicle but it appears pretty large for a roadster. Its dimensions are 4535/1913/1329 mm with a wheelbase of 2690 mm. For clarity, it is 188 mm longer than the Porsche Cayman. But, of course, this vehicle has got only two seats. Its approach and departure angles are 11 and 18 degrees, respectively.
The Cyberster is also a pretty heavy car for its size. And it isn’t surprising since it is an electric vehicle. So, its curb weight is 1850-1985 kg, depending on the version. As for the gross weight, it reaches 2075-2210 kg. The Cyberster can have 245/40 R20 wheels on the front axle and 275/35 R20 wheels on the rear axle. As for the entry-level model, it will be equipped with 245/45 R19 wheels on the front and 275/40 R19 wheels on the back.
MG Cyberster powertrain
The Cyberster will be equipped with an NMC battery made by United Auto Battery System (UABS) – the JV between SAIC and CATL. The entry-level roadster has the TZ230XY1301 electric motor on the rear axle for 314 hp. This e-motor is manufactured by the Hasco Group, in which SAIC holds 58% of the shares. The recently launched Rising Auto F7 has the same electric motor.
The top-trim level of the Cyberster has 4WD and two electric motors. The first is made by United Automotive Electronic Systems (UAES), the company under SAIC and HUAYU Automotive Systems Company Limited. It is the TZ180XS0951 for 204 horses. The same electric motor powers the MG4 EV (MG Mulan in China). As for the second electric motor, it sits on the rear axle, and it is the 340-hp TZ230XY1301 motor made by Hasco Group. So the total power output of the MG Cyberster is 544 horses which is an impressive number for a roadster. Its zero-to-hundred acceleration time has yet to be detailed, but its top speed is limited to 193-200 km/h, depending on the version.
The MG Cyberster concept was introduced two years ago at Shanghai Auto 2021. – an electric roadster that paid homage to the British sports car manufacturer’s legacy and showcased the technical features of its forthcoming vehicles. After the Shanghai motor show, the production of Cyberster was greenlit due to a crowdfunding campaign that attracted over 5000 potential buyers to MG’s interactive Cybercube platform, enabling them to contribute to the production car’s development. Back then concept promised 0-100kph time of under 3 seconds and an 800 km range.
Previously spy shots of the interior appeared online in China, revealing a Tesla-like yoke instead of a steering wheel. In front of the driver, three screens form a continuous display. The area in the middle of the dashboard is tilted toward the driver, and on the passenger’s side, there is a noticeable grab handle that appears to be padded.
Another batch of spy shots revealed scissor doors, which were teased on the concept car, but it wasn’t sure if they would make it to production. Now it seems more likely the super-car doors will make it to production.
We can see that the Cyberster is a truly exciting vehicle. It has classy styling and lots of horses. Moreover, it is important that SAIC controls the manufacturing process of almost every essential element of the car. It eases supply lines and helps to set up a stable production process. So it means that MG can produce as many Cybersters as customers will demand. But there is still an essential piece of the puzzle. And it is the price tag. We are looking forward to it.