Expect the top to get a workout because deliveries start early next year when there might be rare chances for open-top driving.

American buyers apparently love the idea of an MX-5 Miata with a retracting hardtop because the limited RF Launch Edition version is already sold out. Mazda only offered the special roadsters to current customers for the first week, and they snapped up 500 of them in that time. The general public required just 13 hours to reserve the rest.

The Launch Edition was exclusively available with tri-coat Machine Gray Metallic paint, a hand-painted black roof, and Auburn nappa leather. Based on the Grand Touring trim, they also came with LED running lights, automatic climate control, heated seats, and safety tech that included blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and lane departure warning. As a final gift to fans, Mazda gave these lucky customers a 42-millimeter Tourneau watch.

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

All of them use a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 155 horsepower (115 kilowatts) and 148 pound-feet (200 Newton-meters) of torque. The only option on the Launch Edition was a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox. According to Mazda, 67 percent of customers ordered the special roadster with a clutch pedal.

Launch Edition buyers will get their cars in the first quarter of 2017. Deliveries of the Grand Touring or Club trim levels will happen around the same time. Depending on the weather where customers live, the new owners might need to keep that hardtop in place for a few weeks after picking up their new roadster because it might still be chilly in some parts of the country.

Customers in the United Kingdom get a slightly different take on the RF's Launch Edition next year, and Mazda limits availability to just 500 units there. Customers can choose between Soul Red or Machine Grey for the exterior. Inside, there are Recaro seats with Alcantara trim. Like in the U.S, the special models feature a black roof and suite of safety tech.

Source: Mazda

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