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Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

Mazda’s second try at a folding hardtop for the evergreen MX-5 Roadster takes a different stance. The Mazda MX-5 Miata RF (short for Retractable Fastback) has fixed rear buttresses which support a folding centre panel. The result is a car that looks more like a coupe than a convertible with a hardtop. It adds a few pounds to the weight but adds refinement, security and at least the perception of safety. The rear deck (including those buttresses) lifts up high and the roof folds underneath in just 13 seconds.

The roof tucks away into the same space the soft-top does so there is no luggage space penalty with the RF. That said the MX-5 doesn’t have great luggage capacity anyway. There is a weight penalty of the hardtop over the fabric soft-top which is noticeable but only just. Mazda have had to retune the suspension to suit and this has made it more forgiving, more comfortable but taught in its handling thanks to thicker ant-roll bars. There is also some extra sound deadening fitted. This means the RF is the MX-5 for those wanting something for regular use rather than a weekend roadster. It remains a good looking and fun sports car but is more refined for higher mileages.

Over-the-shoulder visibility isn’t good with the roof up or down but the interior is less draughty with much less wind noise compare to the Roadster. Both engine choices can be fitted to the RF however like the soft-top, the zingy 1.5 litre hasn’t made it to the US market. The rifle-bolt manual gearbox is one of the best on any car and a joy to use but there is also an automatic option with a manual override.

Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Details

Production Dates2017-current
Length 3915 mm / 154 in
Width 1735 mm / 68 in
Height 1225 mm / 48 in
Wheelbase 2310 mm / 91 in
Turning Circle 10 m / 394 in
Luggage Capacity 130 litres / 4.59 cu ft
Fuel Tank Capacity 45 litres / 11.9 US gal
Warranty 3 years or 60,000 miles

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Specifications

Fuel type Unleaded Petrol
Driven Wheels Rear-wheel-drive
Engine type Straight 4
Engine Capacity 1496 cc
Power 131@6000 ps
Torque 150@ 4800 nm
Transmission type 6-spd Manual
Kerb Weight 1050 kg / 2315 lb
UK Retail Price from £22,295
UK Insurance Group 26E

Performance

Max speed (manual) 127 mph / 204 kph
0-100kmph (manual) 8.3 seconds

Economy and Emissions

EU Combined Fuel Economy (manual) 47.1 mpg / 6 L/100km
CO2 Emissions (manual) 142 g/km

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Specifications

Fuel type Unleaded Petrol
Driven Wheels Rear-wheel-drive
Engine type Straight 4
Engine Capacity 1998 cc
Power 160@6000 ps
Torque 200@4600 nm
Transmission type 6-spd Manual / 6-spd auto
Kerb Weight 1075 kg / 2370 lb
UK Retail Price from £23,395
UK Insurance Group 29E

Performance

Max speed (manual) 133 mph / 214 kph
Max speed (auto) 133 mph / 214 kph
0-100kmph (manual) 7.3 seconds
0-100kmph (auto) 7.3 seconds

Economy and Emissions

EU Combined Fuel Economy (manual) 40.9 mpg / 6.9 L/100km
EU Combined Fuel Economy (auto) 40.9 mpg / 6.9 L/100km
CO2 Emissions (manual) 161 g/km
CO2 Emissions (auto) 167 g/km
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