Mazda Has a New Miata Hardtop, But It's Not For Everyone

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

If you want a hardtop Mazda MX-5 Miata, there are now two options, but the RF model is still the only one welcome on public roads.

Mazda Motorsports has introduced the Mazda MX-5 Miata Hardtop, but it will be available for track use only. The removable hardtop is priced at $4,420 and orders are being accepted exclusively through Mazda Motorsports from owners and those who have committed to purchasing an MX-5 Global Cup race car. That means run-of-the-mill Mazda MX-5 Miata owners aren’t able to get their hands on one.

It’s worth noting since the hardtop is designed for the MX-5 Global Cup race car, it wouldn’t function well in a standard production model anyways since it’s shaped to clear the roll cage.

SEE ALSO: 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Review

There is, of course, the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF for owners that really want a hardtop. But for those that are going racing, deliveries of the hardtop will begin in April.

“While our first year was spent concentrating on the successful launch of the MX-5 Cup car in our Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires, we knew that was just one arena for customers. Now with an available hardtop, Mazda racers can compete in SCCA and NASA Club Racing and in the Pirelli World Challenge TCA class,” said David Cook, business development manager, Mazda Motorsports.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Jonny_Vancouver Jonny_Vancouver on Mar 23, 2017

    This car has always been a bit queer. Why not just make a dedicated hardtop? Removable hardtops are impractical. Another reason not to buy this car.