India debut: MG Motor India takes wraps off the Cyberster

Top-spec Cyberster EV gets 77kWh battery with up to 580km range.

By Rivan RS, Autocar India calendar 20 Mar 2024 Views icon7679 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp
India debut: MG Motor India takes wraps off the Cyberster

MG Motor India has taken the wraps off the Cyberster for the first time in our country and confirmed that it will be introducing a new network of premium outlets for its more upmarket offerings. While the Chinese-owned British brand has yet to confirm which models will be sold from these new premium showrooms, the Cyberster is a likely candidate. The Cyberster is MG’s first-ever electric sportscar and is set to go on sale in international markets later this year.

MG Motor had revealed the drop-top EV back in 2023, with two battery pack and motor options. The entry-level model is powered by a single rear axle-mounted 308hp motor, gets a 64kWh battery and a claimed range of 520km. The range-topping Cyberster has a 77kWh battery pack, which has a CLTC-rated range of 580km, with two motors making a combined 544hp and 725Nm. This helps the 1,985kg dual-motor AWD variant sprint to 100kph in 3.2 seconds.

The rival to the next-gen Porsche 718 line-up (which will have all-electric versions) is larger than the current Boxster by a narrow margin. It measures 4,533mm in length, 1,912mm in width and 1,328mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,689mm.

For details on the MG Cyberster’s interior highlights and exterior design, check out our exclusive story, which confirmed that the all-electric convertible will be showcased in India. MG Motor is expected to reveal prices for the Cyberster in international markets by mid-2024. The brand claims it's an “affordable” sportscar with a likely starting price of around GBP 50,000 (Rs 53 lakh approx), which is quite reasonable even by Indian standards.

For reference, BYD recently brought in the Seal EV to India – in dual-motor AWD configuration it has 530hp, a 82.56kWh battery and up to 580km of range (NEDC) – with prices ranging between Rs 41 lakh-53 lakh, ex-showroom, India. If MG Motor India decides to launch the Cyberster here, the BYD Seal, Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 will be its chief rivals.

MG4 hatchback, 5 estate showcased

MG Motor has also showcased the 4 EV hatchback and the 5 EV estate at the event, however, both models were also showcased at the Auto Expo last year. While the smaller 4 gets 51kWh and 64kWh battery options, with WLTP ranges of 350km and 452km, respectively, the larger 5 is powered by a 61.1kWh battery that has a claimed range of 402km.

Also see:

JSW MG Motor India aims to sell 1 million EVs, PHEVs by 2030

Mahindra, JSW in fray for stake in VW Group’s India operations

JSW plans to build EVs, battery plant in Odisha

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