Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Hardtop Revealed Looking Damn Sexy


Mazda was trying to keep it a secret, but everyone knew what was coming: The Japanese automaker has just unveiled a hardtop version of its MX-5 Miata. But even though we suspected it would debut, no one was prepared for how damn sexy it would look.

Called the Mazda MX-5 RF (Retractable Fastback), the sports car made its debut the night before the 2016 New York Auto Show officially begins. Sporting a retractable roof with fastback styling, the Mazda MX-5 RF’s goal is to make open-top driving more accessible. The exterior boasts a smooth roofline that slopes down to the rear end, while its unique rear roof and retractable back window offer a new open-air feeling. According to the Japanese automaker, the power roof can be opened or closed at speeds of up to 6 mph with the press of a button. And despite having a retractable roof, the MX-5 RF has the same cargo space as its soft top counterpart.

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Unfortunately, Mazda didn’t reveal how much more the RF variant weighs, but considering the car they are showing off at the 2016 New York Auto Show is just a prototype, it likely won’t be announced until closer to its launch.

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The hardtop Miata has the same underpinnings as the soft top, meaning it is powered by a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 155 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. Customer pre-orders for the Mazda MX-5 RF will begin later this summer ahead of its launch. Although pricing will be announced at a later date, you can expect the hardtop version to cost more than the soft top variant.

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  • Chase

    Quite mad about this post, was hoping it would be about the upcoming RX-9…

  • windel Vernon

    This cars beautiful, with the same design profile as the early ’70’s Opel GT without the frog’s eyes. Cool!

  • smartacus

    When will they introduce a non-convertible hardtop already?

  • Mark S

    Damned good looking and clever – even baby Brit coupe looking.

  • Dino

    My first impression exactly! Hopefully the overall scale of the car is similar. It seems that with so many new releases of late, the photos are amazing but when they arrive in real life they are bloated turds. I have faith in Mazda though.

  • Dino

    Nice looking, but I’d prefer a full glass hatch for some degree of practicality and savings in weight over the complex hard-top convertible configuration. Experience constantly repairing power window mechanisms and electronics on my wife’s Mazda tells me this top is going to a nightmare! Maybe a manual tiltup/removable sunroof would be more reliable.

  • Bug S Bunny

    I think I’d call it an “RT” (retractable targa).

  • Bug S Bunny

    They won’t, because it wouldn’t be a Miata.

  • 4u2nvinmtl

    Very BRZ/FRS looking

  • John Hand w/gunpermit

    ‘So damn good looking.’ You got that right baby. Will increase sales of Miata incrementally, and those ‘purist’ Miata owners have no business complaining. Any Mazda sale is a good sale, and encourages more development. Still waiting for a new RX7 version.

    Already own a second gen Miata and an RX8.

  • johnls39 .

    This is one beautiful car and Mazda is going to have trouble keeping them on lots.

  • CrazeeCarl

    Needs more vroooom!

  • Jonny_Vancouver

    Does that girl in the MX-5 come with the car?

  • John Smith

    My older Mazda being too noisy had to be mounted with a wind deflector to get rid of the turbulence and noise. Hopefully an additional wind deflector like the Windblox windscreen should make this MX-5 Miata quiet and peaceful on high-speed top down drives.