“The MX-5 RF is expected to be the best-selling UK model when it goes on sale in 2017”
Mazda has unveiled the stunning new MX-5 RF this week at the New York motor show, “named for its retractable fastback roof (RF) design”. This model succeeds the “popular hard-top MX-5” with an updated design, which is smaller so that there is no “[intrusion] on boot space”.
- “The MX-5 RF roof is fully automatic for the first time, with the control system enabling the roof to open and close at speeds of up to 6mph. When open, the front and middle roof sections are stowed together with the back window glass in the space behind the seats. As a result, luggage space, at 130 litres, matches that of the soft-top MX-5.”
- “Unique to the RF is the addition of a six-speed automatic gearbox option, alongside the existing six-speed manual offered on the soft-top.”
- “Mazda has also tuned the suspension and power steering specifically for the MX-5 RF, aiming to deliver a comfortable and refined ride. Mazda has made a concerted effort to reduce cabin noise in the RF, with extra sound deadening in the rear wheel wells and headliner of the front and middle roof panels.”
- “Another distinction from the soft-top is the introduction of a new ‘premium’ Machine Grey paint colour (pictured). Using three coats – one colour, one reflective and one clear – Mazda says this RF-unique paintjob creates “a sheen when illuminated and a genuine metallic look.”
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