Mazda is to offer a version of its latest MX-5 with a retractable hard-top.
The MX-5 RF (Retractable Fastback) goes on sale in March 2017, at prices ranging from £22,195 to £28,995 – these £2,000 more than the fabric-roofed versions.
The much-anticipated move follows on from previous versions of the MX-5 which have also spawned hardtop variants. These became more popular than their fabric-roofed siblings, accounting for more than three quarters of sales in the UK.
For the well-received Mk4 version of the roadster, Mazda has conceived a hard top in four pieces. When it is lowered the front and middle sections are stored together, the rear glass sits behind the seats and the rear roof section remains in place, which Mazda says creates a unique open-topped look.
RF models will include a 500-strong Launch Edition. Costing £28,995 and powered by the larger of the MX-5’s two engine options, the limited run will offer a bespoke twin-tone roof, BBS wheels, black door mirrors and a black rear spoiler. The interior gains Alcantara trim and Recaro seats.
The Launch Edition will be available with a choice of free-of-charge Soul Red or Machine Grey metallic paint, and includes a Safety Pack – comprising High Beam Control and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert – as standard.
Order books for the MX-5 RF are open and Jeremy Thomson, Managing Director of Mazda Motors UK believes it will replicate the success of its predecessors; “It will add a unique and stylish model to our range, one that stands distinct from the MX-5 Convertible, yet retains all the award-winning driver appeal our sports car is famed for.”