The New Mazda MX-5 RF Proves That The Miata Can Be Manly And Mean


We definitely didn't see this coming.

We knew that Mazda hardtop version of its MX-5 to the 2016 New York Auto Show. But that’s about all we knew. Fortunately the automaker has shown its new targa top a day before the show’s press days kick off, and boy is it a beauty. The new MX-5 RF (retractable fastback) looks almost like a completely different car. Okay, that may be a bit of an overstatement but it does look much better than the current hardtop Miata. So what else is new here, aside from this awesome new design?

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Aside from the styling changes, not much. The MX-5 RF is said to have the same trunk space as the convertible Miata which is nice but it’s not like you’ll fit much back there regardless. What is cool is the retractable rear window. Mazda mentioned in its release that the power top could be put up or down at speeds of up to 10 kph, which when converted to miles is about 6 mph. So, yeah. In terms of engine options the MX-5 RF will offer the SkyActiv-G 1.5 or SkyActiv-G 2.0; the US will get the 2.0 good for 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. Mazda didn’t release much in the way of technical details but we should have those, along with live shots, when the 2016 New York Auto Show kicks off.

Honestly, though, do you really care how much weight the MX-5 is gaining in its RF form? This thing is simply gorgeous and makes the Miata look mean for perhaps the first time in its life. Mazda could have just carried over the same tech from the previous MX hardtop and called it a day but decided to do something to make this car its own and not just an offshoot. We think that’s a good move, and we also think Fiat and the 124 Spider should be a bit worried. Yeah, the Italian is more powerful but the MX-5 RF looks less like a goofy convertible and more like a serious roadster with swagger.