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Mazda Adds Hard Top RF Variant to MX-5 Range – Becomes A Fastback Too!

Hans March 23, 2016 15:55

Loved the soft-top Mazda MX-5 but prefer the security of a hard-top? The Mazda MX-5 RF (short for Retractable Fastback) is Mazda’s latest addition to the MX-5 range.

Previewed ahead of the opening of the New York International Auto Show, the MX-5 RF features a unique retractable hard-top that when up, transforms the roadster into a fastback coupe, complete with a dummy rear three-quarter window. Brilliant!

The power retractable roof opens and closes the press of a button while moving at speeds of up to 10km/h.

Interestingly, boot space remains the same as the soft-top model.

Powertrain options remain unchanged. Globally, the MX-5 RF will be available with a choice of either a 1.5-litre SkyActiv-G or a 2.0-litre SkyActiv-G engine, paired to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The MX-5 RF will debut wearing Mazda’s latest signature colour – Machine Grey, the same colour painted on the all-new CX-9. Like Mazda’s Soul Red signature colour, Machine Grey is used to intensify the contrast between light and shadow with a sleek, high-density finish, it gives the impression that the vehicle’s body was sculpted from a solid block of steel.

The MX-5 RF will go on sale in 2017 but Mazda have yet to reveal any details about its price.

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About Hans

As someone who appreciates cars not just for their horsepower value but also for their cultural significance, he is interested in the art of manufacturing and selling cars just as much as driving them. Prior to swapping spread sheets for a word processor, he spent his previous life in product planning and market research.


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