2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Video, First Look


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The Mazda MX-5 Miata looks even better with a retractable hardtop.

Instead of calling the MX-5 Miata hardtop something boring, the Japanese automaker has named it the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, where RF stands for Retractable Fastback. At its introduction, Mazda stressed the importance of making open-top driving more accessible, with the hardtop variant getting its fair share of changes. To go along with its unique rear roof, Mazda added a retractable back window to the roadster.

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The power roof can be opened or closed at speeds up to 6 mph with the push of a button, but Mazda didn’t share how much more the hardtop variant weighs. It’s very unlikely that it tips the scales at the same point as its soft top counterpart, but details should be coming at a later date. The particular example on display at the 2016 New York Auto Show is actually a prototype but the good news is, it will have the same cargo space as the standard MX-5 Miata.

Look for more details to be announced closer to the MX-5 Miata RF’s launch this summer.

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  • Jonny_Vancouver

    It really does look better with a hardtop.