The latest MX-5 has been a resounding success for Mazda since its introduction over a year ago. Staying true to the previous iteration of the sportscar, Mazda has now revealed the RF (Retractable Fastback) at the New York Auto Show.
MX-5 RF features a folding metal convertible roof which can be raised and lowered at speeds of up to 10km/h. The SKYACTIV-G 1.5- and SKYACTIV-G 2.0-litre engines are carried over from the standard soft-top models along with the six-speed manual gearbox. A new six-speed automatic will also be available exclusively for the RF. A new “Machine Grey” colour option has also debuted with the new tin-roofed MX-5. The colour is said to make it look as if ‘the vehicle’s body was sculpted from a solid block of steel’.
The metal roof affords the MX-5 RF a masculinity that even the more butch new ND model was slightly missing. Featuring a pseudo-coupé window and rear window buttresses – styling features that are prominent on some much more aggressive machinery. The car wears the new hue nicely, too. The metal roof should make the RF more refined with the roof up than the rag-top MX-5 and the ease of the new automatic gearbox should supplement this more grown-up grand tourer faculty.