The latest version of the legendary Japanese roadster offers a new dimension of open-top driving fun, while staying true to the purpose of Mazda’s previous retractable hard-top MX-5 RC: making the roadster experience accessible to a broader range of drivers.
In doing so, Mazda has broken with conventional thinking to create something entirely new. Featuring fastback styling with a smooth roofline that slopes down to the rear, the MX-5 RF’s unique rear roof and retractable back window deliver a distinctive new convertible feeling.
The power roof opens and closes with the press of a button while moving at speeds of up to 10km/h. The roof itself stows away compactly and efficiently, so much so that despite the sleek design, the MX-5 RF offers the same boot space as the soft-top model.
Also like the soft-top MX-5, the new hard-top version will be available with a choice of two revvy petrol 4-cylinder engines: the SkyActiv-G 1.5 and SkyActiv-G 2.0, mated either to a delightfully crisp-shifting 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Another highlight of the MX-5 RF is the choice of body colours. They include Machine Grey, a new premium colour specially designed to accentuate the subtle yet dynamic surfaces of Mazda’s Kodo – Soul of Motion designer exteriors. Developed in the belief that colour is one of the elements of form, Machine Grey expresses the beauty of a Mazda machine’s strength and precision. By intensifying 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.