Mazda MX-5 RF Production Now Underway in Japan
Production of the MX-5 RF has begun in Japan, and it seems the Retractable Fastback will come at a premium…
Loyal customers who pre-ordered one of Mazda’s MX-5 Miata RF Launch Editions now know how much the regular 2017 MX-5 RF lineup will cost when it’s released next year. And for some Mazda fans, the “Retractable Fastback” may be pricier than they anticipated.
That’s because the new MX-5 Miata RF will have a starting price of $32,390, which is $6,640 more than a base model 2016 Miata soft-top.
It should be noted, though, that the RF will come in only two trims: Club and Grand touring, so buyers won’t just get the base sport trim for their money. Also, when you compare the price difference between a six-speed manual MX-5 Club with a soft top and the MX-5 RF Club you’ll find that the price difference is more respectable $2,955.
The top-of-the-range MX-5 RF Grand Touring will start at $33,455 and comes with a six-speed manual transmission. That’s $1,170 less than the Launch Edition’s $34,685. Buyers who opt for the automatic transmission on the Grand Touring trim will see the price bumped up to $34,660.
Japanese buyers will be the first to be able to get their hands on the RF later this year. Deliveries in Europe and North America are scheduled to start early 2017 and Australia won’t have to wait much longer, with a launch pencilled-in for the first quarter of 2017.
The MX-5 RF will be mechanically identical to the 2.0-litre MX-5 sold here in Australia and there’s no 1.5-litre variant currently planned.
Obviously, the biggest difference between the RF and the regular MX-5 is the former’s folding roof mechanism, which sees the RF’s rear pillar lift up out of the way, allowing the roof to be neatly stored away before the rear pillar goes back into place.
Perhaps the most amazing thing is that the roof can be stowed away even while the car is moving (speeds up to 10 km/h). Furthermore, the RF doesn’t lose anything in the way of boot space.
Finally, unlike the Launch Edition, the regular MX-5 RF will not have any production limits.