One other electrical convertible not US-bound

MG is returning to its roots with an electrical sports activities automobile, nevertheless it’s not coming to the U.S.

Unveiled on the 2023 Shanghai Auto Present, the MG Cyberster is a small two-seat convertible just like the sports activities vehicles that popularized the British marque throughout its glory days from the Forties as much as the Sixties. The Cyberster, nevertheless, is electrical. It is also outfitted with scissor doorways usually seen on dearer supercars.

2024 MG Cyberster

2024 MG Cyberster

For now, the Cyberster is slated to go on sale in China and Europe in 2024. The MG marque has been beneath the management of China’s greatest automaker, state-owned SAIC, for greater than 15 years. Given the current commerce atmosphere, it is wanting much less probably {that a} state-owned automaker like SAIC is perhaps one of many first automakers from China, if ever, to promote its autos within the U.S.

These markets will get a single-motor rear-wheel drive model rated at roughly 309 hp and a dual-motor all-wheel drive model producing round 536 hp. Curb weight of 4,078 kilos for the bottom single-motor mannequin and 4,376 kilos for the dual-motor mannequin will probably be far past that of the unique Tesla Roadster.

2024 MG Cyberster

2024 MG Cyberster

MG has provided EVs in different physique kinds for a number of years now. The electrical roadster has been within the works since 2018 or earlier—with the Mazda MX-5 Miata a minimum of partly because the inspiration, together with, nearly actually, fashions just like the MGB, one of many iconic sports activities vehicles from MG’s heyday. The Cyberster’s hefty weight means will probably be a unique beast from these light-weight sports activities vehicles, nevertheless.

The Cyberster is yet one more small electrical convertible that is not U.S.-bound. The Mini Cooper SE Convertible is a limited-production actuality—however just for Europe. Volkswagen has thought of an electrical convertible, displaying renderings in 2021. Nevertheless, these renderings have been based mostly on the VW ID.3 hatchback, which is not offered within the U.S., making it much less probably {that a} manufacturing model can be provided right here.


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