Following some of yesterday’s tediously boring April Fools’ pranks, you’d be excused for wondering if MG’s Cyberster concept was exactly that…
Images were released yesterday of the bold MG Cyberster concept car which is set to make its debut at the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show 21 – 28 April 2021 and the two-door, two-seater racer looks to the future while apparently drawing inspiration from the legendary classic MGB Roadster.
Those tenuous cues are said to be “classic round MG headlights, coupled with a slim grille design, along with interactive ‘Magic Eye’ headlights that open when switched on“. All very modern but ‘MGB inspired’ could be pushing any synergy with the old Roadster to its outer limits.
The technology continues down the side of the racy silhouette with a ‘laser belt’ LED strip emphasising an oversized dual-waistline that leads towards the rear of the vehicle that looks akin to something that’s been shunted by a juggernaut at full pelt to obtain that flattened oversized ‘kamm tail’ look that doesn’t really work.
Rear lighting is of LED construction integrated into that flattened rear clusters which proudly display the Union Jack when illuminated… China based SAIC Motors, who make and own MG, said this “projected a digital image that echoed MG’s British heritage“.
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 cutting edge technology and advanced design.
“Sports cars are the lifeblood of the MG DNA and Cyberster is a hugely exciting concept for us.”
While the car’s full tech spec hasn’t been released, the Cyberster’s intelligent EV architecture will enable a range of 800km (500 miles) and deliver a 0-100km/h time (0-62mph) of less than three seconds. It will also feature 5G interconnectivity.
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