The third generation of the Mazda MX-5 was the first to include a model with a folding hard-top. The current fourth generation will see the Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupé renamed the Mazda MX-5 RF - "RF" stands for "Retractable Fastback".
Mazda MX-5 RF can be opened below 10 km/h
In contrast to the previous version, the roof no longer opens entirely, and instead transforms the MX-5 into a targa. At the click of a button (and at speeds of up to 10 km/h) the driver can retract and extend the roof.
The rear section of the roof structure - once again from Webasto - rises into the air and the roof and rear windscreen slide into one another, and retreat behind the seats. The rear section of roof then lowers again and forms the classic targa coupé form of the Mazda MX-5 RF. An acrylic windbreak will minimise unwanted wind in the cockpit with the roof open.
Boot space remains the same in the Mazda MX-5 RF
The boot remains fully usable with the roof open, and has the same 130 litre capacity as the soft-top roadster. Even the dimensions of the Mazda MX-5 RF remain identical except for a little upward growth of 5 mm. It is only when it comes to weight that there is any real difference - approximately 40 kg more.
Thanks to the teardrop styled B pillars, the side profile of the Mazda MX-5 RF is that of an elegant coupé. WIth the roof open, it has that classic targa look. The A pillars as well as the rear roof section are painted the same colour as the rest of the car. The retracting sections of the roof can be ordered either in black or to match the rest of the car.
Mazda MX-5 RF from 29,000 euros
The interior of the Mazda MX-5 RF is only marginally different to that of its soft-top predecessor. The instrument panel now holds a 4.6 inch colour screen, which shows an animation when the roof opens and closes. Beneath the climate controls you'll find the button to operate the retracting roof of the MX-5 RF.
The car which was revealed at the New York Car Show is metallic "Matrix Grey" and has red-brown Nappa leather seats with grey stitching. The MX-5 RF comes with a two-litre direct injection petrol engine with 160 BHP. The Retractable Fastback will only be available with this engine when it arrives on the market in early 2017. There is no official word on price - the MX-5 with the 160 BHP engine currently costs 26,890 euros, we expect the RF version to cost at least 2,000 euros more.