MG Cyberster to debut in April
The SAIC brand MG will apparently launch its announced electric roadster Cyberster before the end of April. Shortly before its premiere at the Shanghai Auto Show in China, pictures and technical data have now become known for approval by the Ministry of Information and Technology (MIIT).
MG Motor had already announced that there would be a series version of the roadster study, which was also presented in Shanghai two years ago, shortly after the trade fair at that time – as more than 5,000 interested parties had registered on a crowdfunding platform within a short time. But after that it had become quiet about the electric two-seater.
Now, shortly before the 2023 fair, the first pictures of the MIIT have been published. This is a common procedure in China, that new models have to be reported to the ministry and are published by it in a neutral catalogue – so that Chinese consumers can inform themselves about new products on a comparable basis.
The production version shown there still has the basic design of the 2021 study, but the model has been significantly toned down visually – which is no surprise given the radical look of the study. The rather deep front with characteristic radiator openings and the high rear with independently designed LED taillights give the production version an unmistakable look.
The MIIT data now also show that the model is quite long for a two-seater roadster at 4.54 metres, with a wheelbase of 2.69 metres. However, the Cyberster Roadster is typically quite flat, with a height of 1.33 metres to be precise. The length is presumably necessary to integrate a correspondingly large and powerful battery into the vehicle.
Details about the battery are not yet known, but data about the drive are. In the entry-level version, the Cyberster is to have a 231 kW electric motor on the rear axle. This drive unit is also installed in the top model in a 250 kW version, but the rear electric motor is supplemented by the 150 kW motor on the front axle known from the MG4. With more than 400 kW, the all-wheel drive model should be able to accelerate to 100 km/h in around three seconds.
Prices are not yet known. It is also unclear whether the Roadster will remain a China-only model or whether it will also go on sale in Europe.