This MG concept is set to electrify Shanghai with a very awkward name

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MG will take the wraps off its Cyberster electric sports car at April’s Shanghai Auto Show. With not a trace of nostalgia for its British beginnings, the Chinese-owned brand looks to be taking a stab at some serious supercars with the exotic open two-seater.

The Cyberster (presumably “cyber” meets “roadster”) may have an clunky name, but the design and tech is impressive. The car is believed to offer a 500-mile range, and sprint from rest to 62 mph in under three seconds. It is also said to offer 5G connectivity and Level 3 autonomous driving technology. The details of the electric powertrain haven’t been revealed yet, but the company’s 2017 E-Motion sports car featured a twin-motor, all-wheel-drive setup so the Cyberster is likely to use something similar.

For now we can focus on the few visual clues displayed in the first teaser photos. The Cyberster appears to have quite a pronounced snout for an electric car, with a surprisingly long hood that culminates in a ground-sniffing splitter. The rear deck is a classic speedster style with twin flying buttresses, while inside the split cabin looks to be straight out of a Luc Besson sci-fi movie with a yoke-style wheel, and futuristic graphics.

It’s a far cry from the company’s last two-seater, the MG F, and considerably more exciting than the budget hatchbacks, wagons and SUVs that the reborn brand has focused on so far.

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