With production having started in Japan, the all-new Mazda MX-5 RF Retractable Fastback is expected to go on sale in Ireland next January (2017). Irish drivers should be able to get behind the wheel of Mazda’s exciting new MX-5 Retractable Fastback with prices starting at €31,495.
The MX-5 RF fully embodies the Jinba-Ittai philosophy of the driver and car in harmony that has defined the MX-5 throughout its 27-year history. This latest adaptation of Mazda’s lightweight two-seater features an eye-catching fastback design with a three-piece power retractable roof that, when opened, leaves the rear buttressed section in place for a unique convertible atmosphere.
There will be two engines available in the MX-5 RF line up. A 2.0-litre SKYACTIV-G engine with 160ps will join the 131ps 1.5-liter engine which is already available in the MX-5 Roadster. The more powerful engine will only be available in the GT spec grade and will feature a limited slip differential and 17-inch wheels as well as Bilstein dampers and strut brace to further enhance their dynamic set up.
There will be two grade levels with the Mazda MX-5 RF. Across the range the MX-5 RF features alloy wheels, LED headlights, MZD Connect, Cruise Control plus Automatic Air Conditioning.
Mazda MX-5 RF GT models with the 1.5 litre engine are distinguished by 16-inch Gunmetal alloy wheels and piano black wing mirrors while the 2.0litre GT is differentiated by 17-inch bright alloys wheels and body coloured wing mirrors. Both engines in the higher spec also feature rain sensing wipers, rear parking sensors, smart keyless entry, 9 Premium Bose® Surround-Sound and heated leather seats.
Total production of the MX-5 reached 1 million units on 22 April this year. The model is highly acclaimed, having so far won more than 280 automotive awards around the world. These include 2016 World Car of the Year and 2016 World Car Design of the Year for the current fourth-generation MX-5.