The rival of the electric MX-5 imagined following a patent leak

VSchinese manufacturer MG prepares to return to its British origins with a modern twist.

The next MG Cyberster 2024 was prematurely revealed in leaked patent images earlier this month, offering our best look at the electric roadster.

Now a new pair of renders by artist Theottle illustrated what the Mazda MX-5 convertible could look like on the road.

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An electric vehicle in the roadster segment no longer exists since the disappearance of the first generation Tesla Roadster in 2012, with no sign of the “all-new” fast model unveiled nearly five years ago.

It will also become MG’s first roadster since production of the mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive F and TF stopped in 2011 amid the British marque’s (under Rover) switch to Chinese (SAIC) ownership.

Drawing inspiration from the Cyberster concept revealed at the Shanghai Auto Show in April 2021, the production version will feature various shared elements including; a sculpted front bumper, similar alloy wheels and a full-width LED lightbar at the rear.

Mg Cyberster Revealed Patent Application 01

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MG’s latest design language has debuted on the Mulan electric sedan – potentially reaching Australia next year with the MG 4 nameplate – and will feature on the Cyberster, sporting an aggressive front clip, sharp rear end and Union Jack-inspired taillights.

The rear lights, adapted from the concept, include a light strip across the width of the Cyberster and a pair of arrows presumably functioning as indicators, similar to the Mini range.

The roof of the MG Cyberster will be a soft-top design, with these renders showcasing the cover of the roadster in its stowed position.

No interior images of the production vehicle have been released; however, it’s likely to resemble the cabins found in recent MG models, with a large tablet-style infotainment screen and digital instrument cluster.

Mg Cyberster Revealed Patent Application 02

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Featuring an electric powertrain and modern technology, the vehicle is unlikely to match the current MX-5’s roughly $40,000 starting price.

Still, it’s currently unclear whether MG Cyberster releases will compete with entry-level sports cars – including the Mazda MX-5, Toyota GR86 and Subaru BRZ – or high-end models, such as the Toyota Supra, the BMW Z4 and the next. Electric Porsche 718 Boxster.

The MG Cyberster 2024 The electric roadster is due to be unveiled sometime next year – with a right-hand drive version confirmed, leaving the door open for an Australian launch.