2017 Mazda MX-5 RF Makes Its North American Debut

2017 Mazda MX-5 RF Makes Its North American Debut

This brand-new MX-5 will feature a dazzling retractable hardtop.

Mazda Motor Corporation has pulled the sheets off the beautiful 2017 MX-5 RF a day before the New York Auto Show.

This model, dubbed the “RF”, boasts a retractable hardtop, a feature which has never been seen before on this model.  These two letters stand for “retractable fastback”, which is exactly what this hardtop does.

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The roof can be opened or closed at speeds up to 10 km/h with a single press of a button and is neatly stowed away. Better yet, this hardtop doesn’t take any precious cargo room, as both this model and the soft-top model have the same amount of trunk space. How’s that for practicality!

The North American model will come equipped with a  2.0-litre SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine paired either with a six-speed auto or manual transmission (the latter being much more fun to drive around in). This will allow for a maximum of 155 horsepower with 148 ft-lbs. of torque.

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The MX-5 RF has a 5mm height increase (49 inches) compared to the soft-top version, but retains its overall width (68.3 inches), length (154.1 inches) and wheelbase (90.9 inches) as the soft-top model.

This two-door convertible also has a few other nifty features such as i-Activsense technology which includes High Beam Control System and Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring.

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Source: Mazda

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