MG, a brand with a rich history in catering to automotive enthusiasts, is making a return to its roots with its first new two-seat convertible in nearly three decades. Amid the buzz surrounding its electric powertrain and scissor doors, the crucial question remains: Is it genuinely enjoyable to drive?
A recent review from the YouTube channel Wheelsboy, based in China, offers an independent perspective on MG's Cyberster, which is poised to compete with next year's Porsche Boxster EV. The verdict? While the Cyberster boasts several impressive features, it might not be the ultimate B-road weapon that some had hoped for, a reputation the Porsche is more likely to uphold.
Ethan Robertson, the reviewer, commends the Cyberster's ride comfort, courtesy of its double wishbone suspension. He notes the car's agility in turning into corners but remarks that it lacks a certain liveliness, failing to convey a sense of nimbleness. This observation aligns with the vehicle's weight, ranging from 4,080 to 4,375 pounds (1,850 to 1,985 kilograms), depending on whether it's the single-motor or dual-motor version.
The single-motor, 310 horsepower (314 PS) rear-wheel-drive model offers battery options of 64 kWh or 77 kWh in China, delivering respective ranges of 311 miles (501 kilometers) or 360 miles (580 kilometers). On the other hand, the all-wheel-drive variant, equipped with the larger battery pack, achieves a range of 323 miles (520 kilometers) on a single charge.
Robertson expresses admiration for the bi-motor variant's 536 horsepower (543 PS) and its impressive 3.2-second zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) acceleration. However, he voices disdain for the simulated engine sounds, ultimately opting to disable them. The unconventional doors also fail to win his favor. Additionally, he highlights an issue with the triple-screen dashboard setup, which is obstructed by the steering wheel, suggesting that it may have been better suited to a yoke-style wheel like the one featured in the original concept. Notably, the yoke may only be available as an option or potentially excluded altogether in some markets.
The review underscores MG's clever use of contrast black detailing on the upper and lower bodywork to create a slimmer visual profile and the vehicle's elongated yet shallow trunk.