SKYACTIV-G 2.0 gasoline engine, Brembo brakes, exclusive seats, stunning style and interiors and a refined driving experience – all these are packed in the new Mazda MX-5 RF.
Mazda MX-5 RF packs a unique rear roof and retractable back window that offers a new open-air feeling. The opening and closing of the roof feels like a choreographed sequence says Mazda and requires only the flip of a switch. The soft-top model’s double-wishbone and multilink suspension, in the front and rear respectively, have been tuned for a smooth, quality ride that befits a hardtop.
Powered by a SKYACTIV-G 2.0 gasoline engine, the MX-5 RF will also be offered in a RS trim that will include all the standard features as well as the exclusive seats and Brembo brakes. Mazda explains that the Brembo brakes provide a rigid and stable feel as well as excellent control in the high G-force load range. The braking system is responsive and secure and features 15-inch ventilated disc brakes in the front and 15-inch solid brakes in the rear.
One key thing to note is that the roof is stowed efficiently in the limited space thereby offering almost the same trunk space as the soft-top model. When closed, the roof slopes down to the rear in the characteristic fastback style and creates a stunning silhouette. When open, the remaining rear roof creates a unique look and together with the back window, which opens as the roof is lowered, produces an new open-air feel.
Synchronizing and overlapping the various movements of the roof sections, enables MX-5 RF to achieve an opening/closing time of approximately 13 seconds, the fastest of any retractable hardtop on the market.
The 17-inch chrome-finished aluminum wheels feature a sophisticated design with eight spokes painted in piano black. The body color lineup consists of six colors to highlight the MX-5 RF’s unique styling.
The cabin space packs precisely crafted interiors and this conveys a sense of quality. Those opting for the VS model will get high-quality auburn-colored Nappa leather upholstery. The RS model grade features seats jointly developed with RECARO. Based on the black Alcantara seats popular in the soft-top model, they also feature Nappa leather with red accents.
The trunk’s capacity of 127 liters is almost exactly the same as that of the soft-top MX-5. It can accommodate two carry-on bags (within 55 cm x 40 cm x 25 cm). A multi-purpose box in the trunk can be used to store tools and other items.