The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is a new ‘retractable fastback’ version of the popular roadster. By installing an automated mechanism that removes and then hides the vehicle’s roof panel below the flying buttresses, the RF is intended to straddle the line between coupe and convertible.
Weighing in at just 113 pounds heavier than the standard MX-5, the Miata RF differs only in a few suspension details intended to help better distribute its extra mass. It has also seen its power steering system tweaked for better feel. Motivating the RF is the same 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine found in the standard version of the Mazda, where it also offers 155 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission are offered with the car.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata RF starts in Club trim, which is the mid-tier trim of the roadster, which means you’ll pay a hefty premium to go hardtop. As compared to the soft-top Club, however, the price difference between the similarly-equipped cars is less dramatic.