The Mazda MX-5 (also known as the Miata) has, for a very long time, been universal answer for the question “What car should I get?”. The Miata is a fun, practical, affordable convertible that pretty much anyone can afford. Now, the notion that the Miata can be used in every single driving situation is a stretch, however as a fun daily driver it is perfect.
Last year, Mazda took the covers off the next generation MX-5, and pretty much left nearly every automotive enthusiast with soiled trousers. The new Miata, with a soft top, is a very very very nice car. It would be very hard to improve upon it, as it is pretty much perfect.
Well, ready a fresh pair of pants because Mazda have, in my opinion, improved upon the new Miata by simply changing the roof. Dubbed the MX-5 RF, this little bundle of joy features a retractable hard top roof, as opposed to the soft top found in the standard MX-5. Specifically, the MX-5 RF has a retractable Targa top, similar to the one found in the Porsche 911 Targa.
Incase you’re wondering, the RF stands for “Retractable Fastback”. In my opinion, the RF is one of the best looking cars on the market today; in the same caliber as the Jaguar F-Type, Ferrari F12, and Alfa Romeo 4C (aesthetically speaking). I mean, just look at it! It is aggressive, but not abrasive. It has curves in the right places. The MX-5 RF is a beautiful car!
Mechanically speaking, the RF is similar to the regular soft top Miata. Under the hood is Mazda’s 2.0L Skyactiv-G engine, which produces a peppy 155hp and 148 lb*ft of torque. The front suspension is of the double wishbone type, while the rear is multilink. In English, that translates to the MX-5 RF being able to handle really well. And, in terms of storage space, the RF features an independent trunk compartment, which has the same carrying capacity as the soft top version.
Pricing for RF has yet to be announced, however I wouldn’t expect it to be priced too heavily over the soft top.