The recent online leak of the MG Cyberster's price range in China has left quite a few eyebrows raised, and not necessarily due to an exorbitant figure. On the contrary, the two-door electric roadster is set to hit the market at a surprisingly competitive price, starting at 239,800 yuan ($33,350).Leaked Cyberster pricing
Here's the deal. This electric speedster, manufactured by the SAIC Group, has been a tantalizing prospect for EV enthusiasts from the day it was unveiled. However, the newly leaked price reveals it to be more affordable than its previously estimated 300,000 yuan ($41,730) starting tag. This alluring price point, though, doesn't mean you're skimping on power or range. In fact, the base model MG Cyberster comes packing a 314 horsepower electric motor, supported by a 64 kWh battery, and promises 311 miles of range. Now, that's a lot of bang for your yuan.
Let's talk about the second tier. Available at 254,800 yuan ($35,440), this model adds a bigger 77 kWh battery that powers a beefed-up 340-hp electric motor. The range gets a bump, too, up to 423 miles. Yes, it's a CLTC-rated range, so a big bag of skepticism is required.
But hold your horses - literally. For the real adrenaline junkies, the most expensive Cyberster on the Chinese market is priced at 269,800 yuan ($37,530). It delivers an awe-inspiring 544 horsepower courtesy of dual electric motors and still sports that same 77 kWh battery. But here's the kicker: it goes from 0 to 62 mph in a neck-snapping 3 seconds and boasts a range of 323 miles. That's a lot of performance for not a lot of bucks.
It's worth noting the stark contrast between Cyberster's price point in China compared to the UK market. The top-of-the-line Cyberster in China costs about half as much as its estimated UK price of $70,460. Could this be a savvy pricing strategy to undercut competition like the Neta GT? Who knows? Either way, MG seems to be playing their cards close to the vest.
Now, let's take a moment to admire the roadster's impressive aesthetics. Measuring 178.5 inches / 75.3 inches / 52.3 inches with a wheelbase of 105.9 inches, the Cyberster is no petite machine. Its sporty bumpers, futuristic scissor doors, and sleek, curvaceous lines give it an undeniable road presence. Step inside, and you'll find a panoramic three-screen display and the option for a steering yoke - thankfully, an option. Not everyone is inclined to pretend to be piloting a spaceship.
The Cyberster promises a blend of high performance, impressive range, and affordability, making it a must-watch in the EV segment. Shame about its European pricing, though - it feels very much as if MG was simply taking advantage of the lack of competition. It's OK to bump the prices a little, but in China, you can have two Cybersters for the price of one in Europe - that's a bit much if you ask us. Prices aside, all that's left to do is to see if the Cyberster truly lives up to the hype.