While keeping the same proportions and lines of the award-winning soft-top, the new hardtop version – the Mazda MX-5 RF – features a unique fastback design. Necessity fed invention here as the designers sought ways to accommodate the retractable power hardtop into such diminutive packaging.
With the three-piece roof closed, the car looks like a sports coupé. Opened, the top sections of the hardtop disappear behind the seats, leaving the fastback pillars in place in an impressively choreographed act of origami that takes only 13 seconds. And the entire mechanism adds only a minimum of weight and comes at virtually no cost to boot space.
To go with the MX-5 RF’s added flexibility and security, Mazda took a number of details upmarket, from interior materials to cabin insulation and even the car’s refined ride and steering. But with all of the new-generation MX-5’s legendary curve-hugging agility. Specially tuned like the suspension, meanwhile, the SKYACTIV powertrains combine plenty of power with better mileage and lower emissions than any previous MX-5 generation.
In short, the MX-5 RF offers a perfect balance of coupé sophistication and roadster fun, for all seasons – and occasions