Announced at this year’s New York Motor Show, the new 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is truly a sight to behold. The RF stands for its revolutionary Retractable Fastback, straying from the fully removable roof section the standard MX-5 boasted. While it has just 155hp, excessive power was never the main focus of this car. Although I have personally seen Miata’s with LS swaps which is both AWESOME and ridiculous at the same time, Miata’s are and always been your fun weekend canyon car to simply enjoy taking corners at ease without power overpowering the chassis.
Compared to the MX-5 Miata, the MX-5 RF is said to weigh about 110 pounds more, but with slightly stiffer springs and retuned steering to compensate for the slight increase in mass.
The RF also sports a retractable rear window. As a targa, this car is more rigid than a full convertible, but flaunts a substantial increase in style and a more efficient retraction mechanism than the standard MX-5, taking a mere 12 seconds. While having driven the Porsche 911 Targa, I’m curious to see how the MX-5 RF will compare against its big brother. Will it be the Porsche 911 Targa on a budget? Or simply a cheap knock off?
The Mazda MX-5 RF has not only won the 2016 World Car of the Year award but also claimed the World Car Design of the Year award. This is the first time in the competition’s history that one car has taken both accolades.
Mazda’s Masahiro Moro said after receiving the award, “As our iconic MX-5 roadster approaches one-million units of production, this award is proof that it is as young, vibrant, fun and relevant as ever, and proof that ever Mazda looks as incredible as it drives, and drives as incredibly as it looks”.
“While I accept this award on behalf of the company, I do so representing every Mazda employee, retail partner and customer around the world who has ever felt the joy of driving a pure roadster.”
Pre-orders are going to become available late in the summer, with deliveries coming soon after in the Fall. The price hasn’t been officially announced yet, but the soft-top MX-5 runs from $25,000 to $31,000 in the U.S and it will be interesting to see whether or not the MX-5 RF will be priced competitively.