November 11, 2016 @ 03:02 PM

Fancy a folding hard top MX-5?

Mazda Japan have started taking orders for the Mazda Roadster RF, the metal folding roof version of the MX-5 roadster.


The Roadster, or as we know it the MX-5, has been the definition of a cheap open air motoring sports car. And for the first time ever, the famous Roadster will have a metal folding roof. Dubbed the Mazda Roadster RF (retractable fastback), it features a retractable hardtop that can be opened or closed in around 13 seconds with just a flick of a switch. Mazda even made sure to have the roof’s open and closing process displayed the meter display just so you're aware of its progress. 


Keen MX-5 enthusiasts will notice that the rear design has changed compared to the standard soft top variant, and they're right. Mazda adapted a fastback styling for the RF in order to accommodate the retractable back window and hard top roof line. 


Most commonly seen on American muscle cars of yesteryear, it's interesting to see the fastback styling being applied to a Japanese sports convertible. The final product does somewhat resemble a Porsche 911 Targa, especially with the roof up.


The hardtop assembly has only robbed 3-litres of boot space from the soft top's 130 litres thanks to the neat packaging of the roof. The interior quality varies according to which model grade you purchase. 


The mid-level VS model gives a more luxurious atmosphere with Soft Nappa leather seat upholstery while the more raucous RS model has Recaro developed Alcantara seats that come with red Nappa leather accents for the extra sporty touch. Buyers have six colours to choose from that will make the RF's unique styling stand out together with a set of 17-inch chrome aluminium wheels.


Under the hood you will find the same SKYACTIV-G 2.0 unit that powers the soft top Roadster and gives Mazda's little sports car the magic that makes it special. Brembo brakes are an option for the RS models for more stopping power while the double-wishbone and multilink suspension has been tinkered with to suit the hardtop.


The Roadster RF goes on sale in Japan on December 22nd 2016. Hopefully we Malaysians won't have to wait too long for it. 

Y.Dharmeswaran

 

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