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2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Retractable Fastback Photos and Info – News – Car and Driver

March 2016 By JOSEPH CAPPARELLA Multiple Photographers View 74 Photos

Ever since the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata debuted last year, our imagination has run wild concocting new body styles like a Miata coupe, a Miata retractable hardtop, and even a Miata shooting brake. But we didn’t predict the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Retractable Fastback (RF), which combines a power-retractable targa top with a gorgeous fastback roofline. In other words, it’s the Miata coupe you’ve been waiting for, only better.

The Miata RF’s power-folding targa top operates like the Porsche 911 Targa’s intricate roof in concept, although it’s somewhat simpler in practice. The 12-second roof-opening process can be performed at speeds up to 6 mph and works thusly: The two roof panels over the occupants’ heads fold while the rear window lowers itself behind the seats and the two flying-buttress supports lift up to accommodate the folded top. Those sail panels, by the way, are a visual trick, wrapping around a conventional trunklid that opens to a cubby with the same 4.6 cubic feet of cargo space as in the Miata softtop.

Why did Mazda abandon the previous generation’s more conventional folding hardtop that brought so many buyers into the Miata camp? According to Mazda’s North American president Masahiro Moro, the fourth-generation ND Miata’s shorter overall length doesn’t leave enough space to accommodate a full retractable hardtop like that on the third-gen NC Miata. The RF’s slightly smaller foldable roof fits in the same cubby space that the regular Miata’s softtop folds into behind the seats, keeping the car’s weight balance and interior space uncompromised. That the design allowed Mazda to craft this wonderful roofline that has already won us over is purely a bonus.

With the top up, the Miata RF looks like a true Miata fastback coupe, with those gently sloping flying buttresses giving the car a vague resemblance to the Jaguar F-type coupe. We love it, although from the rear, the visual trick is revealed, as the back window stands flat like that on early C3 Corvettes. With the roof down, the RF reminds us of the 1990s Honda Civic del Sol—although Mazda surely would rather we compare it with the 911 Targa. Our only real complaint about the new roofline is the addition of strange rear-three-quarter windows that are actually blacked-out trim pieces made to look like windows. We expect the thriving Miata aftermarket will devise a half-dozen alternatives in no time.

Mazda isn’t yet talking specific weight figures, but we’re told that the mass difference shouldn’t vary far from that between the previous retractable hardtop and its softtop sibling. That suggests the RF will carry 130 to 150 extra pounds, which we’re hoping is nominal enough to keep the 10Best Cars–winning Miata’s wonderfully nimble driving dynamics intact. The only other significant difference is that the RF’s roofline is 0.2 inch higher than the softtop’s, not that you’d be able to tell by looking at it.

The drivetrain is unchanged from the Miata we know and love, with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder available in other markets and a 2.0-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder as standard equipment in the United States. Six-speed manual and six-speed automatic variants remain on the menu. The preproduction car Mazda is showing at the 2016 New York auto show has an automatic and is trimmed in Machine Gray paint with red nappa leather inside. The colors, inside and out, are new to the Miata, with the gray paint sourced from the 2016 CX-9 crossover and the interior being the first red Miata cabin we can remember since the 1993 LE special-edition model. Look for more information to come on the Miata RF’s trim-level structure later this year. We predict it’ll be available in the Miata’s top Grand Touring trim at first, with other variants possible to follow.

As for pricing, the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF should add about $2000 to the MX-5’s bottom line if the previous retractable hardtop is any indication. Now excuse us, because we’re off to fantasize about the next Miata variant—MX-5 pickup, anyone?

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Mazda MX-5 RF, начало продаж, продолжение легенды

2016-10-06

Офис компании Mazda анонсировал запуск в серийное производство новейшей модели Mazda MX-5 RF, на заводе близ города Хиросима. Первые образцы этого великолепного родстера, с жёсткой складной крышей (RF - Refractable Fastback) предназначены для рынков Соединённых Штатов, Канады и Евросоюза, где уже принимаются заказы на него.

Американцы имеют возможность заполучить экземпляры из особой "приветственной" партии Launch Edition, ограниченной количеством 1000 штук. Автомобили эксклюзивной серии имеют серебристый окрас Gray Metallic, причем чёрная крыша покрашена вручную. Кресла., приборная панель и двери купе-кабриолета обиты кожей Nappa.

Заказанные машины доберутся до своих хозяев в начале 2017 года, практически одновременно с появлением в продаже стандартной модификации Mazda MX-5 Miata RF.

На европейских дорогах эти родстеры будут зажигать с одним из пары доступных бензиновых моторов из линейки SkyActiv-G под капотом, 1,5-литровым и 2,0-литровым (мощностью 131 и 160 л.с. соответственно). Трансмиссий для установки также две - это 6-ступенчатая "механика" и также 6-ступенчатый "автомат".

Снабжённая электроприводом крыша купе-кабриолета состоит из трёх секций и способна трансформироваться на скорости до 10 км/ч.

О возможных продажах Mazda MX-5 RF в России представители концерна умолчали, хотя очевидно - данный шедевр японского автомобилестроения, снабжённый именно жёсткой складной крышей, придётся ко двору у нас.

Тем более, что для истинных ценителей легендарного авто Mazda MX-5, стоимость её "раскладного родственника" вряд ли выглядит заоблачной. Скорее всего цена Mazda MX-5 RF будет в районе 2 млн. рублей, по актуальному на начало октября валютному курсу.

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5 Things to Know About the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

You’re already drooling over the sleek curves and coupe-like lines of the new 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF (short for “retractable fastback”), but here are five things we learned at the unveiling that you really should know about the new hardtop Miata — even though some have no answers just yet.

1. Weight. First things first: how much does that fancy new top weigh? While pinning Mazda down on a firm answer was impossible, and the data isn’t included in the official press materials, we spoke with Jeremy Barnes, director of public relations for Mazda USA, and found out the answer lies in the 175-200 pound range. That’s a hefty penalty to pay on a weight-conscious sports roadster for a smidgen of convenience, especially considering the soft-top’s curb weight is listed at 2,332-2,381 lb. But for many, the RF will be a must-have addition, and not just for the enhanced looks the new top brings. Purists, however, are likely to argue that anyone willing to give up lightness for comfort deserves neither.

2. Cost. Cost is another unknown at this point, but it’s something to keep an eye on. The third-generation-based Power Retractable Hard Top (PRHT) MX-5 is still being sold alongside the fourth-generation soft-top, at a premium of $1,760 over an equivalent-spec third-gen roadster, so expect the cost of the new RF to come in around $1,800 more than an equivalent ND — though with the trick new mechanism of the fourth-gen RF hardtop, it’s may be even a bit more dear. We won’t know for sure until closer to the car’s launch, due to the vagaries of currency exchange rates and competitive factors.

3. Delivery dates. The first examples of the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF aren’t likely to reach America until early 2017. Production will begin later this year, with deliveries likely to reach Asia and Europe before the end of 2016, but due to ship transit times across the Pacific, don’t expect to have a new RF as your Christmas present this year.

4. Roof color. The top panel of the RF’s roof is available in any color you want, so long as that color is body color or piano black, though again this may change by the time the car lands on our shores in early 2017, and may vary between trims, too.

5. Size matters. Aside from weight, the only spec that changes with the new RF hardtop is the height — the MX-5 RF is 5 mm (0.2 inch) taller than its soft-top alternative. Trunk space is identical, as are length and width.

If the sporting wiles of the AUTOMOBILE All Star-winning soft-top 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata didn’t sway you to the dark side, perhaps this part-time coupe will do the trick.  If not, you might want to check your pulse–to see if you have one.

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Mazda MX-5 2018 - View Specs, Prices, Photos & More

After 26 years and more than 950,000 Mazda MX-5 Miatas sold globally, the 2017 MX-5 has circled back to what made the soft-top sports car so popular in the first place — lightweight, fun and affordable. Never heavy to begin with, the fourth-generation MX-5 has nonetheless been put on a diet, part of the automaker’s “gram strategy.” Accordingly, more high-strength steel was added to the MX-5’s structure to improve safety while reducing weight. At 1,058 kilograms for the GX and GS models (add another 20 kg for the GT and a further 22 kg for the available six-speed automatic transmission), the MX-5 is some 68 kg lighter than the third-generation MX-5, and only 83 kg heavier than the initial 1990 model — a noteworthy achievement considering the tech and safety features of the new car. The 2.0-litre SkyActiv-G four-cylinder powering the MX-5 produces 155 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 148 pound-feet of torque.

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First Drive: 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF

SAN DIEGO – Mazda’s CX-3 and CX-5 crossovers, plus the Mazda3 compact sedan and hatch, might be the volume vehicles for the Japanese automaker, the ones that put meat on the table, pay the rent, that sort of thing. But it’s the Mazda MX-5 — that would be Miata to all but the bigwigs at head office — that remains the halo car, the irrepressibly cheerful-to-drive roadster that puts the zoom in zoom-zoom.

Since its debut 28 years ago, more than a million MX-5s have been sold globally, making it the most popular two-seat sports car in the world. The fact it is so comes down to but a few things — affordability, reliability and simplicity. Unlike expensive, high-end sports cars with more power than can ever be properly used and more aerodynamic aids than a Le Mans race car, one just jumps into the MX-5, throws back the soft-top and motors on. As the owner of a 2008 NC-generation Miata, I speak from experience.

However, two years after introducing the fourth-generation ND to the world, Mazda is expanding the MX-5’s functionality — or finally addressing an oversight, depending on your outlook. That would be the addition of a hardtop roof, something the ND has lacked until now. The first- through third-generation Miatas offered detachable hardtops, while a powered retractable hardtop was also available for the NC.

But Mazda didn’t just rework the car to now accept the same power retractable top as on the previous model. No, indeed! According to Nobuhiro Yamamoto, MX-5 program manager, “we stayed true to our aim of making open-top driving more accessible, but freed ourselves from traditional ways of thinking and took on new challenges in order to create something completely new.” That would be the MX-5 RF.

As much as I would love to tell you that RF stands for Really Fast, with Mazda bolting a supercharger onto its free-revving but moderately powered four-cylinder, the powertrain remains unchanged — a 155-horsepower, normally aspirated 2.0-litre engine is hooked up to either a six-speed manual transmission or (eek!) a six-speed automatic. 

No, in this case, RF stands for Retractable Fastback, and it puts a whole different spin on the affable sports car. In short, the car’s new silhouette is sexy. Okay, maybe not as drop-dead gorgeous as Jaguar’s F-Type Coupe — the hardtop version based on the Convertible — but cuter. (For those with long memories, think of the Opel GT — or, more recently, hints of the BMW Z4.) And the F-Type is an either/or situation; you can have a convertible or you can have a hardtop coupe. With the RF, you get the best of both worlds.

“We began development by throwing our thinking into reverse,” says Yamamoto. “Our aim was a convertible sports car with gorgeous fastback lines when the roof is closed and an exhilarating open-air feel when open. We … ditched the traditional idea of stowing the entire roof and realized styling that further articulates an iconic sports car design.”

As to the reason why Mazda felt the need to add the retractable roof to the current MX-5 in the first place, the answer goes back to the previous-generation NC model. By the end of the third-generation MX-5’s model life, the retractable hardtop accounted for more than half of its sales, proving particularly popular with those who wanted all-season comfort and utility.

The RF’s retractable hardtop consists of a front roof, middle roof, rear roof and back window glass. When the roof is open, the front and middle roof sections are stowed together with the back window glass in the space behind the seats. A large acrylic wind blocker helps prevent air from the rear blowing back into the cabin. The whole electric-powered operation to open or close the roof takes just 13 seconds, at speeds of 10 km/h or less. And the 4.6-cubic-foot trunk loses no capacity in comparison with the soft-top model, even when the roof is stowed behind the seats.

Furthermore, the roof adds just 55 or so kilograms to the weight of the RF, so the driving dynamics are all but identical to that of the soft-top. That means strong if not spectacular acceleration, but brilliant handling, especially when blasting deep into the numerous corners that made up the twisting valley roads east of San Diego. Like the soft-top, the RF uses a double-wishbone front suspension and a rear multi-link setup. There’s some roll, typical of the MX-5, to go with the limpet-like grip.

Top up, the cabin is reasonably quiet — or at least, quieter than the regular MX-5 — though road noise was still pronounced due to the gritty tarmac surfaces. Top down, wind noise is moderate; driver and passenger can carry on a conversation without resorting to shouting or hand signals.

2017 Mazda MX-5 RF

The basic premise of any convertible, not just the soft-top MX-5, is top-down driving. Yet Mazda has recognized that, by comparison, RF owners will likely spend far more time — as much as 80 per cent — with the top up. So, clearly, the opportunity to enjoy fun-in-the-sun driving is of greater importance than actually doing so. Ultimately, though, what the RF does is introduce a whole different clientele to the profound joys of driving an MX-5. Smiles all around!

The MX-5 RF will be available in two trim levels — GS and GT — with several option packages available. Starting price is $38,800. The optional Sport Package ($4,400) cranks up the heat with the addition of 17-inch forged BBS wheels, Brembo front brakes and red painted calipers, plus Recaro sport seats.

The GT starts at $42,200, with leather seats, Bose premium audio system with nine speakers, automatic climate control and safety features such as lane departure warning and high-beam control.

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