Mazda’s MX-5 debuts at the New York Auto Show in RF version adding retractable hardtop image

The Japanese automaker has officially introduced the MX-5 Retractable Fastback (RF), set to be featured in a worldwide public premiere during the New York International Auto Show.

The model differs from the past MX-5 iteration that used a hardtop design as it goes for a targa configuration for the new generation much like the seriously more prohibitive priced Porsche 911 Targa. This means there’s a completely different roof folding mechanism, and as such Mazda has decided to adopt a new moniker – the RF stands now for “retractable fastback.” On the standard MX-5 Roadster you need to flex your muscles a bit as the pull up or down operation of the roof fabric is manual – but since the mechanism of the MX-5 RF is way more bulky and heavy the operation is handled automatically via the press of a button. The automatic open or close operation can be performed at speeds of up to 6.2 mph (10 km/h) and the Japanese have also managed to offer the same cargo capacity as in the MX-5 Roadster even with the stowed hard top.

Besides the obvious new roof, the MX-5 RF has also been granted a new three-coat paint labeled “Machine Grey” that has been developed specifically for the version and labeled as a “premium” hue. The powertrain options will remain the same: SKYACTIV-G 1.5 and SKYACTIV-G 2.0 gasoline, with the US version only getting the latter, bigger engine. The two can be paired to a standard six-speeder manual or an optional six-speed automatic.