Published on August 25th, 2023 | by Sounder Rajen0
Will This MG Cyberstar Be The First EV Coupe To Be Sold In Malaysia?
The MG Cyberstar also leaked ahead of official launch at Chengdu Motor Show
Pictures of the new electric roadster, the MG Cyberster, have been leaked on the eve of the Chengdu Motor Show in China. The highly awaited price is expected to be announced during the motor show itself, but since there are no electric vehicle (EV) roadsters in Malaysia yet, will this MG be the first?
The MG Cyberster was unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England in July and it is the first mass-produced Chinese car to have made its debut at Goodwood. MG is also a former British brand owned by the biggest Chinese automaker, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC).
Moreover, the MG Cyberster will also be manufactured by SAIC, most likely in their Ningde plant, where the MG4 electric hatchback is also manufactured. The Cyberster is a convertible sports EV designed to pay tribute to the old-school MG Roadsters of the 60s and 70s.
The MG Cyberstar is also rather big measuring 4,535m long, 1,913mm wide and 1,329mm high with a wheelbase of 2,690mm. It is also heavy for a two-door roadster although not surprising considering it is an EV. The curb weight is between 1850 and 1985kg, depending on the version. As for the gross weight, it reaches 2075 to 2210kg.
The MG Cyberstar looks striking and sports scissor doors and sporty bumpers. The interior features Nappa leather and a large curved LCD screen. The Cyberster can be optionally equipped with a yoke steering wheel, but a regular wheel is standard. The spy shots also show that the car has an almost invisible push button for door handles.
On top of that, thanks to MIIT homologation fillings, we also know the engine specs. Two versions will be available, an AWD and a RWD. The RWD will have an electric motor TZ230XY1301 making 314hp. The AWD version will have a front motor TZ180XS0951 making 204hp.
The same electric motor that powers the MG4 and the second electric motor sits on the rear axle, a 340hp TZ230XY1301 engine made by Hasco Group. The total power output of the MG Cyberster is 544hp, and MG says the top spec version will do 0 to 100km/h in about 3 seconds.
What’s more, the battery will be NMC and provided by the SAIC-CATL joint venture. The capacity is yet to be revealed upon official launch. The car can be equipped with either 19 or 20-inch wheels. The MG Cyberster will hit the Chinese market later this year. As for the UK and EU, it is expected to launch in the summer of 2024.
As reported in July, the price of the MG Cyberster has been leaked, revealing that the base model will start at 239,800 yuan (USD33,00) in China. According to British media, the Cyberster will start at GBP55,000 (USD69,30) in the UK.