The stunning new Mazda MX-5 RF (Retractable Fastback) will go on sale in the UK on 4th March 2017, priced from £22,195.

Standard specification for the entry-level SE-L Nav model includes LED headlights, climate control, 7-inch colour touch-screen, cruise control, and satellite navigation, while Sport Nav models add heated leather seats, automatic headlights and wipers, lane departure warning, adaptive headlights, keyless entry, rear parking sensors, and a Bose sound system.

Power comes from either a 131PS 1.5 or 160PS 2.0-litre petrol engine, as with the soft-top MX-5.  Two-litre models also come equipped with a limited-slip differential and 17-inch alloy wheels, while the 2.0 Sport Nav goes on to include Bilstein dampers and a strut brace.

For the first time in the UK, an automatic gearbox option will be offered in the guise of the 2.0-litre Sport Nav Auto, priced at £27,095.

Other options include Nappa leather for Sport Nav grades (£400), and an optional £400 Safety Pack for 2.0-litre Sport Nav models that adds high beam control, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.

A special Launch Edition model will also be available for £28,995.

Limited to just 500 units, the Launch Edition is powered by the 160PS 2.0-litre engine, and features a two-tone roof, BBS alloy wheels, black door mirrors, black rear spoiler, Alcantara interior trim and Recaro sports seats.  It also comes equipped with Safety Pack as standard, with a choice of Soul Red or Machine Grey metallic offered free of charge.

The new Mazda MX-5 RF will arrive in UK dealerships next March, although 1.5-litre models will follow slightly later in May.

Mazda MX-5 RF pricing

Mazda MX-5 RF 1.5 131ps SE-L Nav£22,195
Mazda MX-5 RF 1.5 131ps Sport Nav£24,795
Mazda MX-5 RF 2.0 160ps SE-L Nav£23,095
Mazda MX-5 RF 2.0 160ps Sport Nav£25,695
Mazda MX-5 RF 2.0 160ps Sport Nav Auto£27,095
Mazda MX-5 RF 2.0 160ps Launch Edition£28,995
Options 
Mica/Metallic/Pearlescent Paint£550
Soul Red or Machine Grey Metallic Paint£670
Nappa leather trim*£400
Safety Pack (High Beam Control and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert)**£400

*Optional on Sport Nav models only.
**Optional on 160ps Sport Nav models only.

Alex

Editor

Freelance journalist, ex-offroad driving instructor and long distance road-tripper. If you have any questions about this piece, feel free to drop me a line on Twitter.