MG's fastest-accelerating car ever

MG's fastest-accelerating car ever

MG's fastest-accelerating car ever

Published By PMW on 29 August 2023 14:16:58

MG Cyberster will be the fastest vehicle ever made by the brand

The MG Cyberster – an upcoming electric car from China with a 1960s roadster-inspired design – will be the fastest vehicle ever made by the brand.

Reports suggest he MG Cyberster has been confirmed for the Australian market, and is expected in local showrooms by 2025 - possibly 2024.

Last week, automotive publication Motor1 discovered MG had uploaded certain specifications for the Cyberster's flagship, all-wheel-drive variant to its Chinese website.

While previous information has shown the top-of-the-range MG Cyberster will produce up to 400kW, the car-maker’s website now shows a claimed peak torque figure of 725Nm.

Despite its quoted 1985kg kerb weight, MG claims the Cyberster can accelerate from zero to 100km/h in 3.2 seconds – making it the marque’s fastest-ever vehicle, both under its previous British ownership and its new Chinese parent company, SAIC.

The claimed acceleration figure beats the electric MG4 XPower by 0.6 seconds, and the V8-powered MG X Power SV-R from the mid-2000s by almost two seconds.

It is also quicker than the famed MG Metro 6R4 rally car, which was built during the fearsome era of ‘Group B’ regulations – but could manage a 0-100km/h time of only 3.5 seconds.

MG Cyberster
MG Cyberster

The MG Cyberster’s top speed is reportedly capped at 200km/h for dual-motor variants, and 193km/h for the single-motor grades.

MG’s Chinese website claims the flagship dual-motor Cyberster is capable of achieving about 580km of driving range – though it’s worth noting the figure is based on lenient Chinese CLTC testing standards, not the more stringent European WLTP protocols.

The design of the MG Cyberster is based on the classic MGB roadster, though the modern electric car represents a significant growth compared to its long-gone predecessor – measuring 4535mm in length, 1913mm wide, 1329mm tall and riding on a 2690mm wheelbase.

As previously reported, leaked pricing from China has suggested a starting price in Australia closer to $70,000 or $80,000 plus on-road costs – while the flagship dual-motor grade could go on sale from $90,000 to $95,000 locally.

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