Chinese owned but still fiercely British at heart: this is the message that MG – a brand owned by the Chinese Saic – tries to express with the Cyberster prototype, a 100% electric powered spider. The car will be presented to the public at the Shanghai Auto Show (April 21-28) but it is not yet clear whether it will give life to a mass production model.
“Cyberster is a bold statement, looking strongly to the future of MG, touching on our heritage but, above all, building on our advanced technology and design. Cyberster is an extremely exciting concept for us, ”Carl Gotham, director of SAIC Design Advanced London, explains in an official statement.
The inspiring muses of the project are the MG B from the 1960s and the more recent TF, the last two bucket seats by MG produced in the UK before the brand changed hands. However, the shapes are more exasperated and avant-garde than the ancestors: particular attention has been paid to aerodynamics, as confirmed by the extractor and the tail wing. Speaking of tail, the lights, which recall the English Union Jack, do not go unnoticed.
Inside, on the other hand, there is the infotainment with 5G connection, compatible with level 3 autonomous driving functions; even if the small speedster-style windshield and the cockpit setting, focused on the driver, seem an invitation to beautiful “analog” driving. Two control displays and a rectangular-shaped steering wheel are dedicated to the driver, like the one installed on many racing cars. Meager details about the electric powertrain: it is known only that it allows the car to splash from 0 to 100 per hour in less than 3 seconds. Autonomy? The one declared by the manufacturer is a record: 800 km.
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