The revival of an sporting icon under new ownership

MG has confirmed it's working on an all-electric two-door sports car, similar in size to a Mazda MX-5, to offer a new look at what a compact enthusiast toy can be.

Speaking with Australian media at the MG research and development centre in Shanghai, the brand’s head of design (and a veteran of more than 10 years with Volkswagen), Shao Jinfeng, confirmed plans for an electric sports car, acknowledging the MG brand's history as a sports car maker.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, SAIC – which bought MG in 2011 – is keen to drag that sporty ethos into 2018.

It remains to be seen how MG positions the vehicle, which will undoubtedly cost more than an MX-5, given its electric powertrain.

It’s also yet to be determined what the core competency of the sports car will be – whether it will concentrate on pure acceleration or handling, the latter of which is likely to be compromised given the weight of batteries and electric motors.

“[We are working on an] MG motorsport car, two-seater sports car [then] two years later EV. This car will have plug-in, totally new platform sports cars,” Shao Jinfeng said.

Furthermore, the sports car will likely take inspiration from MG's extensive back catalogue of hotted-up models.

“I will make MG brand more closer to its history, but step by step, because the brand stops for several years. This brand died, so we need to get back [first]," Jinfeng explained.

Jinfeng said right-hand drive production will depend on demand from markets like the UK. We suspect there will be no shortage of Brits keen on a modern MG that stays true to the brand's roots, suggesting it could also be a possibility for Australia when it launches before 2020.

Would you be interested in a reborn MG sports car driven by a pure electric powertrain?