At the 2016 New York International Auto Show, Mazda unveiled their new MX-5 RF.

In this case, RF stands for ‘retractable fastback’, because not only does this MX-5 feature a folding hardtop, but also new ‘fastback’ styling.

The top can be operated at speeds of up to 10 kmh (about 6 mph), with a series of motors lifting the rear quarters clear, allowing the roof section to fold beneath it.

The operation takes just a few seconds, and with the roof stowed, boot space is identical to that of the soft-top model.

Engines are the same as the fabric topped MX-5, namely a 1.5 and a 2.0-litre, although the MX-5 RF can also be ordered with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Also new is Machine Grey, an exterior colour Mazda says has been designed to show off the RF’s surface styling, although it will arrive on other Mazda models in time.

The new Mazda MX-5 RF will arrive in the UK in 2017, with pricing to be announced nearer the time.

Alex

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