News

New 2023 MG4 XPower arrives as 429bhp electric hot hatch

The MG4 XPower is the firm’s most powerful road car yet, with a host of engineering upgrades to kick start MG’s performance car revival

MG has already given the EV establishment plenty to think about with the affordable, dynamically accomplished MG4 hatch, and now it has its sights set on the electric hot hatch market with this: the MG4 XPower. Along with the Cyberster sports car, the newcomer aims to reignite MG’s credentials as a performance car manufacturer, arriving as the firm’s most powerful production car to date. 

Underpinned by MG’s MSP architecture, the XPower uses an uprated dual-motor setup that generates 429bhp and 442lb ft of torque, with the front and rear units contributing 201bhp and 228bhp respectively. With a new torque distribution control system and the inclusion of an electronic locking differential, the XPower deploys its power more efficiently than the standard MG4 for a 0-62mph time of just 3.8 seconds when using launch control. MG’s engineers have also reworked the 4’s regenerative braking system to allow for one-pedal driving.

> MG Cyberster 2023 review – is it a true sports car?

The XPower treatment also extends to the chassis, which receives new suspension components for tauter responses. Revised spring and damper tuning combines with new anti-roll bars for a 25 per cent increase in overall stiffness, with recalibrated steering to suit. The brakes, meanwhile, have been upgraded with ventilated 345mm discs at each corner.

Predictably, the greater energy demands of the new dual-motor setup impacts range compared to the less powerful MG4 Trophy; the latter achieves 281 miles compared with the XPower’s 239-mile figure using the same 64kWh battery pack. Still, 150kW rapid charging capability enables a 10-80 per cent top up in 35 minutes.

Going on sale this month from £36,495, the MG4 XPower gets a selection of subtle design tweaks along with the extra performance. Orange brake calipers, a black roof and new 18-inch alloy wheels are the most notable changes, along with a new matte-finish Racing Green paint colour exclusive to the XPower.

The cabin is largely familiar too, with the same general layout centred around a 10.25-inch touchscreen mounted to the dash. The XPower will get grippier Alcantara sports seats and aluminium pedal plates for a sportier ambience, though.

Recommended

New track-focused Porsche Taycan to break cover next week
Porsche Taycan Turbo GT – teaser
News

New track-focused Porsche Taycan to break cover next week

Porsche is set to unleash the Taycan's full capability with a new flagship variant – here's what we know so far
4 Mar 2024
Tesla Roadster claimed sub-1sec 0-60mph time – Mate Rimac weighs in
Tesla Roadster
News

Tesla Roadster claimed sub-1sec 0-60mph time – Mate Rimac weighs in

Elon Musk has announced new details for the long-awaited Tesla Roadster, but Bugatti-Rimac CEO Mate Rimac has his reservations
1 Mar 2024
BMW iX M60 2024 review – it's fast, but is it worthy of the M badge?
BMW iX M60
Reviews

BMW iX M60 2024 review – it's fast, but is it worthy of the M badge?

BMW's range-topping electric iX SUV is an electric tour-de-force undermined by the diminishing returns of its high specification
29 Feb 2024
New Alpine A290: latest details on the Renault 5's hot hatch cousin
Alpine A290 concept
Features

New Alpine A290: latest details on the Renault 5's hot hatch cousin

Good news for fans of accessible performance, as Alpine reveals more details about its forthcoming EV hot hatch, the A290
26 Feb 2024

Most Popular

Renault Sport Mégane RS Trophy‑R – the car world's greatest misses
Renault Sport Mégane RS Trophy‑R
Features

Renault Sport Mégane RS Trophy‑R – the car world's greatest misses

Targeting a Nürburgring lap record proved the undoing of a potentially all-time-great hot hatch
29 Feb 2024
New Alpine A290: latest details on the Renault 5's hot hatch cousin
Alpine A290 concept
Features

New Alpine A290: latest details on the Renault 5's hot hatch cousin

Good news for fans of accessible performance, as Alpine reveals more details about its forthcoming EV hot hatch, the A290
26 Feb 2024
The Jensen Interceptor ‘Mk5’ is a 770bhp V8 hybrid restomod
Jensen Interceptor ‘Mk5’
News

The Jensen Interceptor ‘Mk5’ is a 770bhp V8 hybrid restomod

The groundbreaking Jensen Interceptor FF has been given an electrified overhaul almost 60 years after its launch, but it retains the all-important V8
28 Feb 2024