The MG Cyberster, the brand’s first electric sports car and its first new sports car under Chinese ownership, has been locked in for Australia.
“At this stage, we can share the confirmed line up for next year (2024) to be an all new MG3 available in both ICE and Hybrid, as well as the all new HS and Cyberster,” said a spokesperson for MG Motor Australia.
MG had previously indicated the Cyberster was under strong consideration for Australia, but stopped short of confirming it.
CarExpert understands the electric droptop will arrive in the second half of 2024.
Pricing and specifications will be announced closer to launch, but it has previously been rumoured to be around $120,000. That would make the Cyberster easily the most expensive vehicle the brand has offered under Chinese ownership.
The Cyberster measures 4535mm long, 1913mm wide and 1329mm tall on a 2690mm wheelbase – quite a bit larger than past MG roadsters.
The model is also quite heavy for a roadster, weighing between 1850kg and 1985kg – 700kg heavier than a base spec Mazda MX-5.
The Chinese-market range opens with a single-motor rear-wheel drive powertrain with 231kW of power and 475Nm of torque with a claimed 0-100km/h time of 4.9 seconds.
This can be had with either a 64kWh battery and 19-inch alloy wheels, offering 501km of CLTC range, or a 77kWh battery and 20-inch alloys with 580km of range.
A dual-motor all-wheel drive powertrain produces 400kW and 725Nm and offers a claimed 0-100km/h time of 3.2 seconds.
The Cyberster will be available not only in the red it was revealed in, but also a silver finish called Bullet and a yellow finish called Photon.
The two-seater has a folding fabric roof, which needs just 10 seconds to open or close. This can be operated at speeds of up to 50km/h.
Standard equipment on all Chinese-market Cybersters includes four interior screens, LED headlights, 256-colour ambient lighting, a surround-view camera, an eight-speaker Bose sound system, and sports seats with Dinamica suede upholstery, heating and six-way power adjustment.
There are three variants offered in China, with the two most expensive also featuring adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, and rear cross-traffic alert.
It won’t be the only MG to be introduced here with premium pricing, with the Chinese brand also looking at introducing the LS6 luxury SUV from fellow SAIC Motor brand IM.
MORE: Everything MG Cyberster
MORE: Italian specialists honed China’s electric Boxster rival