Something for sports car fans to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

There’s good news to U.S. buyers waiting for their 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF: the power-hardtop version of the world’s best-selling roadster is reaching our shores two months earlier than planned.

Mazda hadn’t expected to receive the first boatload of RF models until February 2017, but a production shift at the company’s factory in Japan means that the first shipment is already on its way Stateside. Mazda spokesman Jacob Brown said the Miata RFs should be at port in Tacoma, Washington, by the first week of December, and delivered the week after. That shipment will have about 500 Launch Edition models, as well as a handful of other Miata RFs. It will also contain some Miata RFs that are destined for Canada.


Of course, the very first customer Mazda MX-5 Miata RF has already been delivered. Dave Putter, who had already owned seven other Miatas, received his car last week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Mazda air-freighted his car from Japan to Huntington Beach Mazda in California, making Putter the first ever paying customer to receive an RF.

All versions of the Miata RF come with the same 155-horsepower, 2.0-liter inline-four engine as the softtop, with buyers able to pick between Club and Grand Touring trims, and a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The Launch Edition (which has already sold out) has Machine Grey paint, a black roof, and Auburn Nappa leather – the only model to receive such a combination. The standard RF starts at $32,390.

Source: Mazda

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