MG shows off new concept car ahead of Shanghai auto show
Wow is perhaps the only word we can use to describe this new MG.
The Chinese-owned British marque just revealed the Cyberster, a two-door, two-seat sports car concept, in Shanghai. And as with most concept cars revealed by major automakers now, it's all electric.
MG says they took some design inspiration from the MGB Roadster from decades past. MG reinterpreted the round headlamps of the MGB in a more oval style for the Cyberster. MG says those headlights are called “Magic Eye” and open when turned on. The grille is widened and positioned far lower than the MGB, and is actually functional because it reroutes air to the front wheels.
The side profile is classic speedster with the raked short windshield and individual roll hoops which match the sculpted side, the kicked up tail, rear diffuser, and low spoiler. Perhaps the most striking thing about the MG Cyberster are the taillights which appear to each be a half of the British union jack.
The interior is purely a two seater, with dual race inspired bucket seats, a yoke-style steering wheel, full digital screens, and a lot of other futuristic and performance-oriented details. The interior is actually split with a tall center console.
As stated, the MG Cyberster is envisioned (it's a concept after all) to have a pure electric drive system with “module-less” batteries. MG says the Cyberster will have a range of 800 kilometers on a full charge and can go from 0 to 100 km/h in under 3 seconds.
MG says the Cyberster has 5G connectivity, level 3 autonomous driving, as well as something they call “active-upgrading technology”. We're not quite sure how that last one works, but it's still interesting.
“The Cyberster is a bold statement that looks strongly into MG’s future. It touches on our heritage, but more importantly, building on our cutting edge technology and advanced design. Sports cars are the lifeblood of the MG DNA and Cyberster is a hugely exciting concept for us,” said Carl Gotham of SAIC Design Advanced London. SAIC does own MG.