The electric MG Cyberster convertible has been teased in what appears to be production form, though it retains some bold concept-like design details.
A video, published by Dutch publication Autoweek, gives us fleeting artistic glimpses at a Cyberster, finished in a similarly glossy red as the concept it’s based off.
The previewed vehicle resembles the one depicted in leaked patent images earlier this year, featuring a more toned-down design compared to the initial Cyberster concept.
Some interesting design cues we get a closer look at throughout the five-minute video include the Cyberster’s scissor-opening doors, black electrically-folding convertible soft-top roof, Union Jack-esque tail light design, two-tone alloy wheels, and ducktail spoiler.
There are also a few short glimpses of the interior, which features bright red upholstery, a centre stack angled towards the driver, and a steering yoke with paddle shifters.
Autocar earlier this year reported the production Cyberster would be launched in 2024 to celebrate the centenary of the MG name.
Given MG’s ancestral homeland is the UK, the company confirmed at the concept’s reveal it would be built in right-hand drive – which appears to open the door for an Australian introduction.
Technical specifications haven’t been revealed yet, though the concept had a claimed 0-100km/h sprint time of 3.0 seconds and 800km of range.
Expect the production version of the Cyberster to have figures that are a little less superlative.
This electric convertible will have essentially no competition.
Given MG’s positioning more as a value-focused brand, the production Cyberster is likely to undercut upcoming electric sports cars like the Lotus Type 135, due in 2026, and the Alpine A110 replacement that’ll share its platform, as well as the next Tesla Roadster.
Porsche is also preparing an electric replacement to its 718 Boxster and Cayman which is due around 2024 or 2025.
Though it’ll feature an entirely different type of propulsion, the MG Cyberster represents a return to the company’s heritage as a manufacturer of compact sports cars.
While MG has always offered a range of sedans and/or hatchbacks, dating back to its founding in the UK in 1924, the demise of the TF droptop in 2011 has led to one of the longest droughts without a sports car yet.
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