MG Cyberster concept: an MG B descendant with electric power

Published: 09 April 2021

► New electric MG roadster revealed
► Brings the MG B into the 21st century
► It's going to influence future MGs too 

MG has finally revealed photographs of its Cyberster concept after bombarding us with renders for the last few months. Designed by China's SAIC design department and developed at the MG Advanced Design Centre in London, it’s an updated, synthwave version of the classic MGB Roadster with 5G. And it’s electric of course: it’s a Cyber Roadster, or an MG B-EV.

Revealed: future electric cars

Featuring a long, low, swooping bonnet, it’s clearly supposed to be a distant cousin of the original MGB. It also features supercar-style nacelles behind the passengers.

At the rear, the Cyberster replaces the classic finned lights of the original model with a lightbar array, seemingly lifted straight off the Polestar Precept concept. There’s a hint of Union Jack LED details like those on the Mini hatchback at the rear, too.

MG is also keen to point out the gaming-inspired dash, pop-up headlights and cockpit that separates driver and passenger like the 1960’s Batmobile.

Although a physical thing, the Cyberster is still a concept for now, but that hasn’t stopped MG propping it up with some impressive figures; 0-62mph in sub-three seconds, and a range of 500 miles, are just some of the things MG’s new supercar could do. Maybe.

Will the MG Cyberster be a real car one day? In a challenging development climate which has seen the delay of the Tesla Roadster and the cancellation of the next BMW i8, it’s hard to say.

MG has become an unlikely contender in the EV marketplace with its affordable crossover, so it's possible an EV roadster could work as a halo car to get people to notice the Chinese-owned brand. 

Carl Gotham, director of SAIC Design Advanced London, said: ‘The Cyberster is a bold statement that looks strongly into MG’s future, touching on our heritage but more importantly building on our technology and advanced design.’

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast

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