MG needs another roadster and this is it
Today, MG is known for building practical vehicles such as sedans and crossovers.
But earlier in its life, specifically in the 50s and 60s, the British marque was famed for its open-top sports cars. Two of their most popular models were the MGA and the MGB, which were both available as droptops. However, after the MG F/MG TF was discontinued in the late 2000s, the brand no longer has a roadster on offer.
Thankfully, a production model MG roadster might return in the future. The brand recently revealed pictures of the new MG Cyberster Concept. Styled by SAIC Design Advanced London, the open-top EV blends past and present elements together. It features a traditional roadster design with a long hood and a small cabin ahead of the rear axle. There are also retro touches with the large round headlights and an illuminated body line along the side.
Possibly the most interesting styling cue of the Cyberster EV would be the rear-end. Aside from ending the body abruptly, the LED taillights form the shape of the Union Jack flag. Yes, MG is now owned by SAIC in China, but it is a proper homage to the brand’s British roots.
Inside, it’s very futuristic too. There’s a driver-oriented cabin with a wide digital display in front of the driver. Interestingly, the center console is styled similar to what you would find in a modern McLaren. What stands out in the cockpit, however, is the steering wheel. It features a yoke design in place of a traditional unit.
When it comes to the Cyberster’s powertrain, MG has yet to announce specific details. Apart from being electric, the automaker claims the roadster has a potential range of up to 805 km. Meanwhile, acceleration from 0 to 97 km/h will only take less than three seconds.
At the moment, MG has yet to confirm whether the Cyberster will actually enter production. It would be a shame if a roadster with such a design doesn’t leave the drawing boards. Thankfully, we’ll learn more once the concept debuts at the Shanghai Auto Show later this month.