Mazda Motor Corporation has announced the start of production of the new Mazda MX-5 RF, which stands for Retractable Fastback, the retractable hardtop version of the popular Japanese roadster. Production began yesterday at the Ujina facilities near the headquarters of the brand in Hiroshima after the official price had also been revealed which will start at $31,555.
Exciting New Version
The Mazda MX-5 RF was introduced and shown to the public for the first time in the Hall of New York 2016 held last March surprising aficionados of its awesome new look. This exciting new version of the popular MX-5 line which will soon reach the 1 million mark in global production volume makes it one of the most hotly anticipated sports cars of the year. It combines the advantages of body coupe and Targa in a single model.
While the previous generation model featured a retractable hardtop version, the appearance of the roof once closed, did not have the classic coupé silhouette that this current version will have, a B pillar that extends over the rear as a buttress, as in ancient mid - engined sports. The only time the Mazda MX-5 had this silhouette was with the second generation coupe model, curiously called version Mazda Roadster Coupe, despite having a completely closed roof and was launched exclusively in Japan on 2003.
Watch the awesome new version of the Mazda MX-5, the RF here.
Some Things Don't Need To Change
The new MX-5 RF version will have the same mechanical that of the conventional roadster version, 1.5 and 2.0 SKYACTIV-G of 4 - cylinder putting around 131hp and 160 hp respectively which can be associated with a manual or automatic transmission. A new engine that will incorporate a new six-speed automatic transmission will only be available in North America.
The MX-5 RF will also have the same luggage capacity that of his brothers and will maintain a load volume of 130 liters, as well as the same interior and infotainment system it has.
Mazda MX-5 RF Release Date
In the same statement given by Mazda, the corporation said that the first units manufactured are destined for the US and European markets, in fact, the first issue that came out of the production line was born with European specifications and is the unit whose factory pictures are already on the internet.
The release date is still not announced, however, the firm has confirmed that it will be early 2017. These first units coming out now from the Japanese factory have been preceded by 1,000 units of the MX 5 RF Launch Edition, which were made exclusively for the US market.
Check out the factory photos of the Mazda Mx-5 RF here.