The MG Cyberster concept is edging closer to the road. When it arrives it will be the brand’s first sports car since being taken over by China’s SAIC and, understandably, the marketeers are quite excited so have titled a teaser video Return of the Legend.
Unlike every previous MG roadster this one will be all-electric, but no less useable than its ancestors. The original concept was claimed to be able hit 62 mph in less than three seconds and yet still return a range of 500 miles on a full charge.
Technical details haven’t been revealed, but the video does show a few changes to the design in readiness for production. The concept’s speedster styling has been tweaked and the car now appears to have a more conventional folding fabric roof, the wheels look smaller and the car looks to ride a bit higher as well.
However, the scissor doors look to be staying and so does the yoke-style steering – perhaps the most contentious aspect of the new car, though one an increasing number of brands seems determined to introduce. There’s no confirmed launch date yet, but at this rate of progress we should expect to see it in 2023.
MG’s recent efforts in hatchbacks, sedans and SUVs have been capable, if unexciting, but this shows the brand’s ambition – remember it wasn’t long ago that Kia and Hyundai were in the same boat, and now look at them.
This may not convince the die-hard Teslarati to cancel their deposits for the much-delayed Roadster, but the MG Cyberster’s adventurous styling and promised performance might just fit the bill for anyone else who fancies some open-air EV fun.