The hardtop version of the Mazda MX-5 is heading to Australia for a February 2017 launch. Boasting a retractable fastback roof, the two-model Mazda MX-5 RF line up starts from $38,550 plus on roads for the 6-speed manual, $4,060 more than its equivalent soft top sibling.
Unlike the previous generation of hardtop MX-5, which had a folding roof that collapsed into the boot, the new MX-5 RF (stands for Retractable Fastback) features fastback styling with a smooth roofline that slopes down to the rear end. A section of the roof and back window can be folded into the boot for an open-air feeling. The power roof can be opened or closed at speeds of up to 10km/h with the press of a button.
Mazda claims the roof is stowed compactly and efficiently in a limited space and the MX-5 RF offers the same amount of boot space as the soft-top model.
The MX-5 RF is exclusively powered by the 118kW/200Nm SKYACTIV 2.0-litre engine driving the rear wheels via a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
Specification levels mimic those of the soft top range. In addition to the retractable fastback roof, the MX-5 RF also gains a 4.6-inch full-colour TFT display, LED headlights (with Adaptive Front Lighting) as well as a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear-lever.
The upper-spec RF GT models receive additional luxuries such as a nine-speaker BOSE audio system with integrated headrest speakers, as well as LED tail-lights and heated seats.
The RF range tops out with a GT model alternative that has a black painted roof and premium Nappa leather interior trim.
A new exterior paint colour is also now available – Machine Grey Metallic which substitutes for the MX-5 soft top’s Meteor Grey Mica. According to Mazda, the new shade is specially designed to accentuate the beauty of the company’s KODO design language – a styling theme adopted in its range of models.
Mazda MX-5 RF pricing (excluding on-roads)
|Mazda MX-5 RF||6MT||Cloth||$ 38,550|
|Mazda MX-5 RF GT||6MT||Black or Tan Leather||$ 43,890|
|6AT||Black or Tan Leather||$ 45,890|
|Mazda MX-5 RF GT|
with Black Roof
|6MT||Nappa leather||$ 44,890|
|6AT||Nappa leather||$ 46,890|