Mazda unveils new hard-top MX-5 RF
Mazda has taken the lid off its new MX-5 and the rumours were true, it is a hard-top. But does it live up to the hype?
Remember we told you that Mazda was getting ready to reveal a new MX-5 at the recent New York Auto Show? Well they did and it seems that the speculation ahead of the event was absolutely on the money because we now have the Mazda MX-5 RF – which stands for retractable fastback.
The RF is the first MX-5 ever to boast a fully automatic roof. But don’t think you’ll be waiting around while the roof does its thing as the control system enables the RF’s roof to open and close at speeds of up to 6mph.
In the open position, the car’s front and middle roof sections are stored along with the rear window in the space behind the seats. This means that the RF has the same amount of luggage space as its soft-top cousin: 130 litres.
A Mazda spokesperson said that any similarities between the RF and the Porsche 911 Targa are “purely coincidental”.
“We were designing this solution before the 911 was revealed. The car is smaller than its predecessor, and this system meant we didn’t intrude on boot space,” they added.
At present, performance figures for the RF are unknown, but we do know that it is 40kg heavier than the soft-top variant, so it would be reasonable to expect a slight dip. For comparison, the 2.0-litre soft-top has a top speed of 133mph and can do 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds.
The RF is unique, however, in that it has a six-speed automatic transmission option, as well as the six-speed manual offered on the soft-top. Engine options remain the same, though, with the Skyactiv-G 1.5-litre and the 2.0-litre petrol on offer.
Worthy of note is the fact that the RF has a new ‘premium’ Machine Grey colour option, which Mazda says creates “a sheen when illuminated and a genuine metallic look”.