Mazda MX-5 Miata Officially Answer to Everything With RF (Removable Fastback) Model

Mark Stevenson
by Mark Stevenson
mazda mx 5 miata officially answer to everything with rf removable fastback model

Mazda just blew the top off, then stowed it away neatly in its targa trunk.

Tonight, on the eve of the New York International Auto Show, Mazda showed off its latest creation: the MX-5 RF, which stands for Retractable Fastback. According to eagle-eyed TTAC contributor Chris Tonn, who was able to get a little closer to the car than myself, the removable roof panel won’t negatively affect trunk space any more than the normal convertible hard top.

If you were waiting for a reason to buy a Miata, this is it.

The roof stows behind the rear seats but does not go into the trunk. A total of 4.6 cubic feet of storage is still available, good for two carry-on bags or your girlfriend’s extensive Sephora collection on a weekend retreat.

The new model will be 5 millimeters taller than the soft top model, and there’s likely some weight gain from the motorized mechanism, but details on any extra girth weren’t released.

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  • Kato Kato on Mar 26, 2016

    Nice to have options I suppose, but why add weight, complexity and cost to an elemental roadster? The only reason I see to get this is improved security if you have to park on the street.

  • Betazero Betazero on Mar 27, 2016

    Anyone know if the back window can be rolled down without dropping the top? I love this design! I always hated the hard top Miatas. They are really not attractive. This reminds me of my favorite car the Honda Del Sol that I had a long time ago. I was going to buy the new Miata but now I am waiting. I hope they also add the Carplay support to the 2017!! I live in florida where a full convertible is like sticking your head in an oven. If I can drop the back window and drop the top sometimes this car is truly perfect for me.

  • Pig_Iron Emissions and safety inspections are wholly unnecessary as both systems are designed to last the life of the vehicle. ✌ But they will not be discontinued, because to Marxists/fascists, "There is no truth but power". And for power, you need to control other's lives. It's never really about safety, ecology, gender, race, religion etc. - it's really about control. Happy "Pride Season". 🏳‍🌈
  • Dukeisduke It's at $12,188, with seven bids. Priced out of the average collector's budget.
  • Jeff S I don't think safety inspections for most vehicles are necessary. There are so many ways that the system can be cheated and for those who maintain their vehicles and have newer vehicles it is an opportunity for an unscrupulous mechanic to rip them off. Most law enforcement agents will give citations to cars that are really bad and unsafe. As for emissions testing it should be limited to metropolitan areas of a million or more in population. These are my opinions after decades of experience and observation.
  • Cprescott My current ride is paid off in December. Hopefully there will be no more car payments ever. So expensive these days and you have to really pay attention as there are so few actual cars being made in the affordable range.
  • Jeff S Price seems high but then after Covid it probably isn't. Does appear that the car is complete and is restorable. Agree the seller will get at least that price and possibly more. I remember these early Mustangs well when I was growing up and remember the fastbacks were released in August of 64 as a 65 where the regular hardtop and convertible were released as 64 1/2s April 17, 1964. Brylcreem gave one of these original Mustangs away in a mail in contest.