Mazda unveiled its much anticipated MX-5 Miata RF with retractable hardtop at the 2016 New York International Auto Show. RF stands for “Retractable Fastback”. The roof mechanism of the 2017 MX-5 Miata RF is somewhat similar to that of the Porsche 911 Targa’s. However, according to Mazda, the similarity is purely coincidental. The company claims that they started with the design before the 911 was revealed. The roof piece and the glass rear window of the MX-5 is retracted into the area that is normally reserved for the retracted soft top, before the MX-5’s rear pillars lift up and back. The pillars and the span (blacked-out) that connects them then return back to their place. The black components or elements that look like quarter windows, in the buttresses, are just filled-in panels. This innovative solution has been the result of the 2016 Miata being too small behind the passenger compartment to accommodate the sort of full retractable hardtop that the previous-generation model had. The newfangled rigid roof of 2017 MX-5 does not compromise the trunk of the car.
The MX-5 RF roof is fully automatic. With the control system, you would be able to open and close the roof at speeds of up to 6 mph. The engines remain the same, however, the MX-5 will offer a 6-speed automatic transmission alongside the existing 6-speed manual offered on the soft top. The tuned suspension and the special power steering would provide MX-5’s passengers a refined and comfortable drive. Mazda has also made a good effort to reduce the cabin noise in the MX-5.
Mazda claims that this small, convertible sports car will offer its users a fun-filled life in terms of driving pleasure. The car goes on sale early next year.
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