MG shows the first images of the MG Cyberster concept car, which will debut at the Shanghai Auto Show later this month. The two-door sports car recalls the tradition of the British brand now part of the Chinese Saic group, drawing a number of styling cues from the classic MGB Roadster. With the MG Cyberster concept car – developed by the team at MG’s Advanced Design Centre in London – the brand is showing its sporting aspirations and exploring the possibility of realising them in the future.

“The Cyberster is a bold statement that looks hard at MG’s future, building on our heritage, but more importantly building on our cutting-edge technology and advanced design. Sports cars are the lifeblood of MG DNA and the Cyberster is a concept that strongly expresses our emotional side,” says Carl Gotham, director of Saic Design Advanced London. The front of the MG Cyberster features classic round MG headlamp clusters, which open when the interactive headlights called Magic Eye are switched on.

Another striking detail is the line of “laser belt” LEDs that underlines the profile of the car all the way to the side. The two-level beltline enhances the car’s dynamic appearance and underlines the pronounced shape of the front and rear wheels. The sleek, linear ‘kamm tail’ design at the rear, with LED lights integrated into the tail of the car, conveys a digital image that echoes the heritage of the British brand.