Mazda sent a shockwave through the automotive blogsphere revealing the hardtop version of the new MX-5. It’s called Mazda MX-5 RF, and although it boasts a retractable hardtop like the previous generation, it’s not what you expect it to be.
That is, Mazda MX-5 RF is not really a roadster. At least not with the roof up. While the hardtop is in place, the car is a fastback, like a Ford Mustang. That is both interesting and peculiar, as it robs the MX-5 off its sheer roadster-ness, but delivers a unique feel and look. With the roof down, the MX-5 RF is at best a Targa, with only a small opening where the regular soft-top model comes with infinite sky.
And don’t even get us started on the complication of the roof arrangement and the extra weight it brings with it. Granted, it has a clever design and doesn’t occupy anymore space in the boot than the soft-top. But still, it seems a like a bit of a faff. To be unveiled in full at the upcoming New York Auto Show, Mazda MX-5 RF comes with SKYACTIV-G 1.5 and SKYACTIV-G 2.0 engine and six-speed SKYACTIV-MT gearbox or a six-speed automatic. Also new for the Fastback model is a Machine Grey paint job.