2017 Mazda MX-5 RF: The Fourth-Gen Miata Hardtop Convertible Is Here

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Been holding out on buying a fourth-gen Miata until the hardtop convertible came around?  Well, it’s finally here in the form of the 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF and it’s way better than anyone expected.

Instead of a detachable hardtop (1st and 2nd generation) or a motorized retractable roof (3rd generation), the new convertible roadster sports a similarly-motorized targa-style roof panel that’s swallowed up by buttresses on the back in one swift motion. It’s an unusual way of going from hard top to giving passengers clear view of the open skies, making the retractable roof design feel a heck of a lot fresher.

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The 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF is billed as a “retractable fastback,” combining the disappearing roof with a fastback styling for a really sporty feel.  Oh yeah, the back windows retracts as soon as the top goes out, too, so you can smell the exhaust fumes for whatever joy it brings your heart, with a large acrylic aero board preventing air from blowing back into the cabin. Designed to provide a quieter cabin than the soft top, it comes with sound-absorbing liners on the inside of the roof panels and sound insulation around the rear wheel housings.

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You can get the car with either the 2.0-liter or 1.5-liter Skyactiv-G engine, along with your choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Features include 4.6 cubic feet of trunk space, a bevy of advanced safety technologies, and a retractable function that can be operated while running at up to 6 mph.

Preorders for the 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF begins in the summer.  No pricing has been announced.

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2 Responses

  1. Carrol Williams

    One of the hottest selling small cars in the last 20 years and it still will be with models like this hitting the dealerships. Cool looking car!

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  2. Pete

    When I first seen the picture I thought it was the Subaru BRZ at first. Each generation of the Miata looks better than the last. The 4th generation came at a good time, because the Miata was beginning to look pretty dated. From the side the Miata looks similar to a mini-corvette.

    Mazda gets attacked from many car connoisseurs over this model, but that facts are it continues to be a good seller and is in high-demand. It is an affordable sports can designed for the masses. I respect Mazda for keeping this car true to it’s roots.

    The “retractable fastback” is actually pretty good idea. I am not a fan of convertibles, but occasionally I would want to let the top down and flirt with the girls. I also don’t want to fumble with a traditional soft-top. The retractable roof is automated and will work to shut the top down fast if it begins to rain. The downside to the retractable roof is it will most definitely add some weight to the car. An extra 100-150 pounds will be real noticeable on a car as light and nimble as the Miata is. If the engine is the same then the top speed and handling will be affected by the retractable roof. How much will it slow the car down by? As of right now only the Mazda engineers know and they haven’t spoke on it yet.

    The 2017 Mazda Miata is by far my favorite Miata yet, but I still prefer the look and cost of the Subaru BRZ over the Miata.

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