Hard-top Mazda MX-5 coming March 2017

Image of Chris Evans
Author: | Updated: 23 Mar 2016 09:12

Mazda has confirmed specs and release date for its eagerly anticipated hard-top MX-5. Available from March next year, the RF (short for ‘retractable fastback’) ditches the manually-folding fabric soft-top of the standard fourth-gen MX-5 in favour of a targa-like electric lid.

This fastback MX-5 gets a retractable hard-top, similar to a 911 Targa.

Find more Mazda MX-5 leasing deals here: business / personal 

That means the rear pillars remain in place – the previous NC MX-5 did have a retractable hard-top, but thanks to the imposing wraparound rear pillars, the MX-5 RF gets a true fastback look for the first time.

From launch, 500 Launch Edition models are coming to the UK and get the flagship 2.0-litre SKYACTIV petrol engine, 17in alloy wheels and a sports suspension set up. Meanwhile BBS wheels, black exterior trim and Recaro seats mark is out as the special edition.

Rear pillars give the little MX-5 a whole new look and for some, a new appeal.

Read our review of the soft-top MX-5 here

The gun-metal “Machine” Grey makes its debut on the RF, and it’ll be rolled out across Mazda’s range shortly after its launch, too. An automatic gearbox is being offered on the RF as well, but if you want the less powerful 1.5-litre engine, you’ll have to wait until May.

Inside, things look very similar to the standard Covertible in the cabin, but Mazda has worked the RF to be the more civilised of the two. Thanks to the hard-top and extra bits of bodywork, it will be a much more refined car to do motorway miles in.

The 1.5- and 2.0-litre petrol engines are both available, but the latter can be mated to an automatic gearbox for the first time.

No performance figures have been released yet, but the added weight of the hardtop and the mechanical workings that come with it will make the RF heavier than the standard MX-5, although the action looks smooth as you can see in the video below.

The existing engines get it up to 62mph in 8.3 and 7.3 seconds respectively, so expect the higher kerb weight to tack on a few milliseconds.

If you can see yourself in an RF, it’ll be available in the UK from March 4 next year, with the Launch Edition priced at £28,995. If you’re not bothered about the extras, entry-level models will be in available shortly thereafter with a list price of £22,195. Expect lease prices to be online around that time.

Your Comments

Categories:
Previous Post Next Post

Manufacturer Spotlight

Related Deals

  • Mazda MX-5

    2.0 [184] Sport Tech 2dr

    Mazda MX-5 2.0 [184] Sport Tech 2dr
    Personal Contract Hire
    3+47 5k Miles p/a
    Initial Payment: £1,024.92
    £341.64
    p/m inc. VAT
    View
    Deal by: Rivervale Contract Hire and Leasing
  • Mazda MX-5

    2.0 [184] Sport Tech 2dr

    Mazda MX-5 2.0 [184] Sport Tech 2dr
    Personal Contract Hire
    9+47 5k Miles p/a
    Initial Payment: £2,745.36
    £305.04
    p/m inc. VAT
    View
    Deal by: Rivervale Contract Hire and Leasing
  • Mazda MX-5

    2.0 [184] Sport Tech 2dr

    Mazda MX-5 2.0 [184] Sport Tech 2dr
    Personal Contract Hire
    9+47 5k Miles p/a
    Initial Payment: £2,906.91
    £322.99
    p/m inc. VAT
    View
    Deal by: Jet Vehicle Finance
  • Mazda MX-5

    2.0 [184] Sport Tech 2dr

    Mazda MX-5 2.0 [184] Sport Tech 2dr
    Personal Contract Hire
    6+47 5k Miles p/a
    Initial Payment: £2,047.68
    £341.28
    p/m inc. VAT
    View
    Deal by: Jet Vehicle Finance