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

Mark Stevenson
by Mark Stevenson

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.

  • VoGhost Fantastic work by Honda design. When I first saw the pictures, I thought "Is that a second gen Acura NSX?"
  • V16 2025 VW GLI...or 2025 Honda Civic SI? Same target audience, similar price points. Both are rays of sun in the gray world of SUV'S.
  • FreedMike Said this before and I'll say it again: I'm not that exercised about this whole "pay for a subscription" thing, as long as the deal's reasonable. And here's how you make it reasonable: offer it a monthly charge. Let's say that adaptive headlights are a $500 option on this vehicle, and the subscription is $15 a month, or $540 over a three year lease. So you try the feature for a month, and if you like it, you keep it; if you don't, then you discontinue it, like a Netflix subscription. In any case, you didn't get charged $500 up front the feature. That's not a bad deal.In my case, let's say VW offers an over the air chip reflash that gives me another 25 hp. The total price of the upgrade is $1,000 (which is what a reflash would cost you in the aftermarket). If they offered me a one time monthly subscription for $50 to try it out, I'd take it. In other words, maybe the news isn't all bad.
  • 2ACL A good car, but - at least in this configuration -not one that should command a premium. Its qualities just aren't as enduring as those of Honda's contemporary sports cars. For better or worse, this is a formula they remain able to replicate.
  • Jalop1991 I just read that Tesla's profits are WAY down "as the electric vehicle company has faced both more EV competition from established automakers and a slowing of overall EV sales growth." This Cadillac wouldn't help Tesla at all, but the slowing market of EV sales overall means this should be a halo/boutique car. Regardless, yes, they should make it.