The retractable roof should be rather useful for keeping dry in Britain's famously wet weather

Mazda is opening the order books for the MX-5 Miata RF (Retractable Fastback) in the United Kingdom and the first deliveries there commence on March 4, 2017. The date comes just in time for the new owners to enjoy the warmer temperatures after the long, cold winter. Prices start at 22,195 pounds ($27,430) there for examples with the 1.5-liter four-cylinder, but deliveries with the smaller powerplant don’t begin until May. To be the first on the road with one of these, customers must fork over at least 23,095 pounds ($28,545) for the version the 2.0-liter four-cylinder. They get to check out the nifty roof mechanism, too.

2017 Mazda MX-5 RF
Mazda MX-5 RF live at New York

Like on the soft top, the 1.5-liter model makes 129 horsepower (96 kilowatts). The 2.0-liter makes 158 hp (118 kW) in the U.K, and all models with this engine there also have a limited-slip differential. Getting the bigger powerplant in the Sport Nav for 25,695 pounds ($31,755) also adds Bilstein dampers and a strut brace. Finally, Sport Nav Auto trim for 27,095 pounds ($33,485) is the only way to get the latest Miata with an automatic gearbox in the U.K.

Like in the United States, the U.K also gets a Launch Edition of the 2.0-liter RF, and they cost 28,995 pounds ($35,840). Mazda limits them to 500 units there (versus 1,000 in the U.S). These special examples have a two-tone roof that mixes gloss black and the body color, and there’s matching trim for the mirrors and spoiler. Customers can choose between Soul Red or Machine Grey for the exterior. Inside, the Launch examples feature Recaro seats and Alcantara trim. In addition, the Safety Pack also comes on them, which includes automatic headlights, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

Across the pond, the MX-5 RF goes on sale in the U.S early next year with a base price of $31,555 with a six-speed manual or $32,285 for the automatic. The Launch Edition goes for $33,850 with the manual or $34,295 with the auto. All examples of the Miata in America use the 2.0-liter four-cylinder that has a rating of 155 horsepower (115 kW) and 148 pound-feet (200 newton-meters) of torque there.

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The all-new Mazda MX-5 RF Retractable Fastback on sale from the 4th March 2017.
Priced from £22,195 to £28,995 the all-new Mazda MX-5 RF joins the award-winning MX-5 range.
Limited to just 500 cars, the £28,995 Launch Edition features unique styling and equipment.
With production having started at Mazda’s Ujina Plant in Hiroshima Japan, the all-new Mazda MX-5 RF Retractable Fastback will go on sale in the UK on the 4th March 2017.  With the first cars produced heading to Europe and North America, UK drivers will be able to get behind the wheel of Mazda’s exciting new MX-5 Retractable Fastback early next year.

With a limited run of just 500 cars, the six model range will be heralded by the flagship Launch Edition. Powered by a 160ps 2.0-litre SKYACTIV-G engine, the Launch Edition is marked out by its unique twin-tone roof, BBS wheels, black door mirrors and black rear spoiler. Available with a choice of free-of-charge Soul Red or Machine Grey metallic paint, it also comes with a Safety Pack as standard, while the exclusive feel continues inside with Alcantara trim and Recaro seats.

Designed to offer a new dimension of open-top driving fun, while at the same time staying true to the underlying principle of the previous generation MX-5 retractable hardtop, the all-new Mazda MX-5 RF’s ‘fastback’ styling gives it a unique appearance roof up or down, broadening the appeal of the world’s best-selling two-seater sports car.

As with the established Mazda MX-5 convertible, all models powered by the 2.0-litre 160ps engine feature a limited slip differential and 17-inch wheels; while Sport Nav models (and the Launch Edition) feature Bilstein dampers and strut brace to further enhance their dynamic set up. Plus, with the introduction of the £27,095 Sport Nav Auto, the current generation of MX-5 is offered with an automatic gearbox for the first time in the UK. Offered in both SE-L Nav and Sport Nav trim, RF’s powered by the 1.5-litre 131ps engine will arrive in dealerships in May.

Developed to deliver enhanced cabin comfort and a refined ride, while at the same time maintaining the agility, performance and driver engagement of the MX-5 convertible, the suspension and electric power steering parameters of the all-new Mazda MX-5 RF have been specifically tuned for the Retractable Fastback. In addition, a sound-absorbing headliner used in the front and middle roof panels combines with sound insulation around the rear wheel housings to deliver a significantly quieter cabin when the roof is closed.

“With the all-new Mazda MX-5 RF we freed ourselves from traditional ways of thinking and took on fresh challenges in order to create something new. Our aim was a convertible sports car with gorgeous fastback lines when the roof is closed and an exhilarating open-air feeling when open,” commented Nobuhiro Yamamoto, Mazda MX-5 Programme Manager.

The MX-5 RF’s retractable hardtop consists of front, middle and rear roof sections, and a rear screen. When the top is lowered the front and middle portions are stowed together, while the rear glass sits behind the seats, leaving the rear roof section in place to create a unique open-topped look, and a cabin feeling that combines a sense of open air freedom with the impression of being securely ensconced within the car.

On the Launch Edition the front and middle roof sections feature a piano black finish that contrasts with the Soul Red or Machine Grey metallic paint, which both use Mazda’s unique “TAKUMINURI” paint process to deliver glossy depth and nuanced shading that intensifies the contrasts between light and shadow with its high-density finish, giving the impression that the body was sculpted from a solid block of steel. 

Building on the all-new Mazda MX-5’s award-winning design, the RF’s roof up style will set it apart when it arrives on UK roads early next year. A 5mm increase in roof height aside, the RF retains the same overall length, width and wheelbase as the MX-5 convertible, but thanks to gently downward slopping buttresses that tuck in at the sides to create a teardrop shape, the RF’s elegant fastback silhouette accentuates the MX-5’s dynamic and contemporary sports car proportions in a completely unique way.

“If we consider the convertible model to represent the purist of lightweight sports car appeal, the new Retractable Fastback epitomises a new type of MX-5 that aims to be a compact sports car with a natural charm that everyone will find beautiful,” commented Masashi Nakayama, Mazda MX-5 Chief Designer.  

With pre-order now open, the all-new Mazda MX-5 RF will arrive in dealerships on the 4th March 2017 and promises to add another chapter in the MX-5 success story.  Jeremy Thomson, Managing Director of Mazda Motors UK said, “We’re very excited about the arrival of the all-new Mazda MX-5 RF. 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."   

Adding, “With over 120,000 sales since its launch in 1990, the UK has played a huge part in the MX-5 success story. The last generation of retractable hardtop accounted for a large percentage of MX-5 sales and we expect the all-new RF to continue that trend.”


All-new Mazda MX-5 RF pricing

Mazda MX-5 RF 1.5 131ps SE-L Nav

Mazda MX-5 RF 1.5 131ps Sport Nav

Mazda MX-5 RF 2.0 160ps SE-L Nav
Mazda MX-5 RF 2.0 160ps Sport Nav
Mazda MX-5 RF 2.0 160ps Sport Nav Auto
Mazda MX-5 RF 2.0 160ps Launch Edition
Basic Price VAT MSRP
Mica/Metallic/Pearlescent Paint
£458.33 £91.67 £550
Soul Red or Machine Grey Metallic Paint
£558.33 £111.67 £670
Nappa leather trim*
£166.67 £33.33 £400
Safety Pack (High Beam Control and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert)**
£333.33 £66.67 £400
*Optional on Sport Nav models only.
**Optional on 160ps Sport Nav models only.

All-new Mazda MX-5 RF Specification

SE-L Nav 1.5 131ps

Black cloth seat trim
LED headlights
Climate control air-conditioning
7” Colour touch-screen display
Multimedia Commander
Cruise Control
Integrated navigation system
DAB radio
Integrated Bluetooth®
16” Alloy wheels
Body colour door mirrors

Additional on 2.0-litre 160ps engine

Limited Slip Differential
17” Gunmetal alloy wheels
Piano Black door mirrors

Sport Nav 1.5 -131ps (as above plus)

Heated black leather seat trim
Dusk-sensing lights
Rain-sensing wipers
Auto dimming rear-view mirror
Lane Departure Warning System
Adaptive Front lighting System
Smart keyless entry
Rear parking sensor
Premium Bose® sound system
16” Gunmetal alloy wheels
Piano black door mirrors


Additional on 2.0-litre 160ps engine

Bilstein Sport suspension
Strut brace
17“ Bright alloy wheels
Body colour door mirrors


Additional on Launch Edition

Recaro seats
BBS wheels
Twin tone roof
Alcantara pack including dashboard panel, gearshift boots, handbrake boots and door cards
Limited Edition numbering
Piano Black door mirrors
Piano Black rear spoiler
Safety Pack
Free-of-charge Soul Red / Machine Grey Metallic paint

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