Australia, New Zealand & Europe on the radar for the MG Cyberster [Update]

According to a report on CarAdvice Australia, the exciting MG Cyberster will enter production for left- and right-hand drive markets, though a timeline is not specified. The information was communicated to the publication by a spokesperson for the brand.

An MG Motor New Zealand spokesperson has told New Zealand’s Stuff.co.nz, that the local subsidiary would study the Cyberster’s potential for the market. However, the local arm believes that suggestions of a local launch at this stage are far from a foregone conclusion.

MG Cyberster rear three quarters
The MG Cyberster range is 800 km. It is equipped with modular battery (CTP) technology. MG says the Cyberster’s design portrays its ambition to launch one of the fastest electric sports cars in the modern day era. Image: MG Motor

The MG Cyberster concept was revealed at the Auto Shanghai last month. The two-door, two-seater electric sportscar, which the company says takes a few design cues from the MGB roadster, features a module-less battery technology with a claimed 800 km range.

Inside, the Cyberster gets a ‘digital fiber’ cockpit with the driver and passenger’s space separated with a high tunnel joining the dashboard. Underneath the Cyberster is where the most interesting parts are. While the company did not release the specifications, MG says the electric sportscar can do the 0-100 km/h in less than 3 seconds. Other features on the Cyberster include intelligent driving modes, ‘active-upgrading’ technology, 5G connectivity and level 3 autonomous driving capability.

Source: Youtube/MG Motor Europe

MG indicated in their press note that 2024, which marks the 100th anniversary for MG, would be a symbolic year to show the connection between the old and modern MG.

MG Cube program launched for the production of the Cyberster

MG estimates the production Cyberster to be a CNY 1 billion (EUR 129 million) project, and it has set a target of receiving 5% of that amount – CNY 50 million – from its crowdfunding programme. MG aims to reach 5,000 shares to start productions of the Cyberster, which each share priced at CNY 1,000 (USD 154). The campaign is open till July 31, 2021, and if the program achieves its goal, the share can be used as a deposit towards reserving the Cyberster.

Is the MG Cyberster electric sportscar the MGB of the 2020s?

The released of the Cyberster concept leads to a question – could this become the spiritual successor to the classic MGB sports car of the 1960s? Don’t dismiss this as wild speculation as one of the influential design bosses at SAIC had expressed the desire to have a roadster, and an electric one at that, just 3 years ago.

At the preview of the MG E-Motion concept car in April 2017, Shao Jingfeng, the current Vice President of Design at SAIC told the Australian media that a pure electric MG roadster for the new era is being “dreamed up” by the design chief.

“This is my desire. I would love to have this type of car for MG again,” Jingfeng told Australian publication Drive.com.au, which reported the interaction in a story titled ‘MG B roadster to be revived.’

Drive.com.au reports that the designer admitted the skateboard-style platform underpinning the E-Motion could be downsized to create the base for the battery-powered convertible. He is reported to have conceded that MG would need a smaller battery pack to preserve the handling, but that wouldn’t bother customers in this segment as sportscars are usually driven shorter distances and used less frequently than a family car.

“I will try and convince the management we can do this car,” he signed off.

1965 MGB Convertible
The MGB was known as one of the easiest sportscars to own and were largely regarded as reliable, well-built with spares easy to find. Image: MG Motor

As per Wikipedia, the MGB was in production from 1962 to 1980 and spawned many different body styles and engine options through its eventful lifecycle. The regular model featured a 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine that made 95 hp and 150 Nm of torque and achieved a top speed of over 160 km/h. At the other end was an eight-cylinder version in the form of the MG B GT V8 that came fitted with an aluminium block 3.5-litre Rover V8 engine in 1973.