Could the Cyberster be foreshadowing the return of exciting MG sports cars?

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Nowadays, due to the economic boom in some countries, as well as the popularization of electric vehicles, we see a lot of start-up manufacturers. What we also see are old names coming back from retirement. MG is one such name. After nearly 40 years of sitting on the side bench, the MG name is back. Sadly, their current model line-up consists of bland affordable crossovers and SUVs. However, the marque might be looking to regain its former glory by introducing a bonkers new model in the form of the MG Cyberster, which will debut at the Shanghai Auto Show later this month.

Design

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Although the current crossover line-up of the newly-reformed British carmaker is still struggling to find its identity, their sports cars have always been easy to distinguish from the rest. The rounded forms and streamlined design, familiar from models like the MGB and the more recent MG TF, have been reinterpreted in the Cyberster concept in a more aggressive and supercar-like manner.

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We have MG’s Advanced Design Studio in London to thanks for this stunning creation.

The concept manages to blend the signature round headlights, now LED, with a slim grille design, similar to that of some modern Ferrari and McLaren models.

It also has the interactive “Magic eye” headlights, which open when switched on. The most notable feature on the side is the “Laser belt”, which extends from the front wheel arch and spans throughout most of the door. The MG Cyberster’s design is finished by a Kamm end, featuring an LED taillight spanning the entire rear, which drops down towards what seems to be LED strips resembling parts of the British flag. It’s a futuristic concept, true to its roots.

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The interior shots reveal a minimalistic but driver-focused interior, featuring a steering wheel coming straight from Motorsports, a digital instrument cluster, and a thin center console twisted towards the driver. Among the car’s features will be an intelligent electrical architecture allowing for 5G interconnectivity.

Drivetrain & Performance

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Although most of the juicy details regarding the car’s capabilities are still a mystery, we do have some of the figures. The MG Cyberster is said to be capable of covering the 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) discipline in less than 3.0 seconds. We also know it’s going to be an EV, although we still don’t know how many electric motors or if both axles will be driven. What we do know is that the Cyberster promises a range of 500 miles (800 km) on a single charge, which is more than any other EV, currently on sale. That said, if the car’s electric range is measured according to the EPA’s methodology, the figure might be slightly lower.

Conclusion

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What we know so far sounds very good, but will the Cyberster make it to production? According to the latest intel, MG is indeed planning to launch a sports model this year, but it is said to be a coupe. Could the Cyberster foreshadow a roadster version as well? With the financial might of SAIC Motor - MG’s Chinese parent company - the old British marque has suddenly found itself in a pleasant position. With this in mind, we are certain the Chinese investors would surely be keen on bringing back some of the excitement we know from old MG sports cars.

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Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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