2016 New York Auto Show: 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF

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Mazda’s MX-5 convertible gets a smart new retractable top for 2017.

What is it?

In its last generation, Mazda’s beloved MX-5 had the PRHT, which stood for Power Retractable Hard Top. Now comes the MX-5 RF, which stands for Retractable Fastback.

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The RF’s lines join a traditional targa sensibility with the Miata’s Kodo design language, and the results are striking.

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The RF is what it says; the rear structure lifts up, and down goes the roof, in two parts. Resulting trunk room is about the same as the convertible’s.

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The tunneled rear window can be lowered to provide breeze-through airflow.

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It opens up the MX-5 while providing the reassurance of rear pillars.

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It’s a look that particularly suits the MX-5’s proportions. Note that this is not a Miata, it’s an MX-5 RF.

The Machine Grey finish of the intro car is a new premium color; Mazda says it highlights the MX-5’s design language.

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Really nice curves on the rear section.

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What Mazda says:

Masashi Nakayama, Mazda MX-5 Chief Designer:

“To convey the fun and charm of the MX-5 experience to a larger, more diverse range of people rather than just sports car fans, I felt the MX-5 RF must embody natural beauty and not attempt to attract attention by merely being different.

It would be impossible to achieve a combination of this new form of driving pleasure and beautiful fastback styling if I applied conventional thinking. ”

What’s new:

  • Retractable hardtop roof
  • New Machine Grey premium paint

When does it go on sale? 

Mazda will begin taking orders later this year.

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