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.

Source: Mazda

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