News

MG Cyberster Roadster revealed – a vision into MG’s aesthetic future

More design exercise than MG B reboot, new EV roadster concept treads the line between its past and future

MG has finally revealed the Cyberster Roadster concept ahead of its debut at the Shanghai motor show. Designed to be a looking glass into the future of its design aesthetic rather than a reboot of the classic MG Roadster, the Cyberster’s role as a catalyst, rather than car might limit its appeal to us, but it is a sign the brand’s roadster heritage hasn’t been completely lost.

The concept has been designed in-house at parent company SAIC’s London-based design studio. The MG brand was purchased by Chinese manufacturing giant SAIC in 2006, and reintroduced MG to the UK as a budget brand in 2011. Since then, although the product has been steadily improving, the brand hasn’t quite had a tendency to blip our radar. Until now.

The concept as seen in these sketches is a traditionally proportioned roadster with a long bonnet and small cabin just ahead of the rear axle. Despite retro nods to graphic elements such as the round headlights and illuminated body line down the car’s flanks, the overall design is far more muscular and modern than many a retro-pastiche roadster of the recent past (looking at you, Fiat).

The LED-heavy rear end, and a glimpse of some Mini-like Union Jack rear light graphics reinforce the contemporary overtone, something that’s mirrored by its inevitable electric powertrain. 

While the notion of an electric roadster might not immediately raise the pulse rate for enthusiasts at the moment, its chance of becoming a production model is more likely than one powered by traditional internal combustion means considering MG’s investment in EV tech. With the electric performance car quickly escalating in weight, price and size, a small electric roadster might actually be what the sports car market needs for a recharge.

Recommended

2022 Polestar 3 teased – all-new Audi e-tron rival a stepchange model
Polestar 3
Polestar

2022 Polestar 3 teased – all-new Audi e-tron rival a stepchange model

Yes, it’s another electric SUV, but this one will be the first ‘true’ Polestar
17 Jun 2021
Everrati Porsche 964 2021 review – a restomod 911 with a difference
Everrati Porsche 964 – front tracking
Electric cars

Everrati Porsche 964 2021 review – a restomod 911 with a difference

It’s a ’90s 911, but not as we know it. Powered by a 440bhp electric motor, can this converted classic get close to the driving experience of the orig…
28 May 2021
2022 Cupra Born revealed – a sporty Spanish take on the Volkswagen ID.3
Cupra Born reveal – front quarter
Cupra

2022 Cupra Born revealed – a sporty Spanish take on the Volkswagen ID.3

Cupra’s new Born EV capitalises on VW’s vast electric investment, but with a distinctive sporty edge
25 May 2021
295bhp Volkswagen ID.4 GTX priced from €50,415
Volkswagen ID.4 GTX - front quarter
Volkswagen

295bhp Volkswagen ID.4 GTX priced from €50,415

Volkswagen’s ID.4 GTX is the first high performance electric derivative from the MEB platform, and it’s on sale now
19 May 2021

Most Popular

New Audi RS3 technical details revealed – torque-vectoring differential confirmed
Audi RS3 mule 2020 SB – rear
Audi RS3

New Audi RS3 technical details revealed – torque-vectoring differential confirmed

Hyperhatch war resumes, with a new focus on handling, and not just power
21 Jun 2021
Triumph Lynx – Dead on arrival
Triumph Lynx
Features

Triumph Lynx – Dead on arrival

With a 3.5-litre Rover V8 under the bonnet and TR7 fastback styling, the Lynx could have been British Leyland’s answer to the Ford Capri
18 Jun 2021
It’s time for some home truths about the Toyota GR Yaris, reckons Porter
Richard Porter opinion
Toyota GR Yaris

It’s time for some home truths about the Toyota GR Yaris, reckons Porter

‘It looks stretched and contorted, like someone who’s had too much cheap plastic surgery’
22 Jun 2021
BMW M3 Competition 2021 review – still the benchmark performance saloon?
BMW M3 Competition
BMW M3 saloon

BMW M3 Competition 2021 review – still the benchmark performance saloon?

It’s bigger and heavier than before, and is now auto-only. So can it copy the new M4’s trick of still being fun to drive? You bet it can
19 Jun 2021
The reluctant LaFerrari driver – evo archive
evo archive – LaFerrari truck extraction – stop!
Ferrari

The reluctant LaFerrari driver – evo archive

How do you get a £1million hypercar out of the back of a delivery truck? Very, very, slowly…
15 Jun 2021
New 992 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring revealed – now available in manual and PDK
Porsche 911 GT3 Touring – rear profile
Porsche 911 GT3

New 992 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring revealed – now available in manual and PDK

The Touring pack has returned, combining the 992 GT3’s set-up with more understated looks
15 Jun 2021
Used car deals of the week
Used car deals
used cars

Used car deals of the week

Here's what caught evo’s fancy this week on the second hand car market
17 Jun 2021
Project Horizon - CEO Tobias Moers maps Aston Martin’s future
Tobias Moers
Aston Martin

Project Horizon - CEO Tobias Moers maps Aston Martin’s future

A wider portfolio, V8 mid-engined supercars and every new Aston beyond 2025 to be electric. CEO Tobias Moers reveals his plans for Aston Martin
22 Jun 2021
MAT Stratos 2021 review – Lancia’s iconic Stratos reborn
MAT Stratos – front tracking
Lancia

MAT Stratos 2021 review – Lancia’s iconic Stratos reborn

It’s been a long time coming, but this Ferrari F430-based reimagining of the Lancia Stratos is finally here
11 Jun 2021
BMW M5 CS 2021 review – a class act that reaffirms the M division’s brilliance
BMW M5 CS – front cornering
BMW M5 saloon

BMW M5 CS 2021 review – a class act that reaffirms the M division’s brilliance

Nonsensical on paper, but sublime in practice. Never has a modern supersaloon been more tactile or more engaging
14 Jun 2021
Next generation BMW 7-series spied – flagship saloon to once again set the tone for future models
Next generation BMW 7-series spied – front quarter
BMW 7 Series

Next generation BMW 7-series spied – flagship saloon to once again set the tone for future models

All-new saloon to feature IC and EV powertrains, but once again it’ll also lead the way aesthetically
16 Jun 2021
992-gen Porsche 911 Carrera GTS revealed – drivers’ Carrera debuts
Porsche 911 GTS 992
Porsche 911 Carrera GTS

992-gen Porsche 911 Carrera GTS revealed – drivers’ Carrera debuts

Goldilocks 911 returns with more power and less weight
22 Jun 2021
Ford Mustang Steve McQueen Bullitt Edition 2021 review – a 720bhp tribute act
Ford Mustang Steve McQueen Bullitt Edition – slide
Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang Steve McQueen Bullitt Edition 2021 review – a 720bhp tribute act

Immense performance from about the coolest modern muscle car out there. It’s expensive, but there’s nothing else quite like it
12 Jun 2021
Aston Martin sues Swiss car dealer over Valkyrie deposits
Aston Martin Valkyrie
Aston Martin Valkyrie coupe

Aston Martin sues Swiss car dealer over Valkyrie deposits

Aston is suing Nebula Project over Valkyrie deposits worth £15m that were allegedly taken from customers but not passed on to the parent company.
22 Jun 2021