2017 Mazda MX-5 RF review (video)

Brett Davis - 4/5/2017

It’s the hard-top brother to what has to be the most celebrated and fun-supporting sports car on the planet. Welcome to the Mazda MX-5 RF – or, Retractable Fastback in longer speak.

Mazda Australia introduced the MX-5 RF earlier this year. Essentially it’s the same as the regular MX-5 except it comes with a hard-top, electric-folding roof. This helps to provide a quieter cabin, improved touring ability, and increased refinement. It also feels – and literally is – more secure inside.

In Australia the RF is only available with the 2.0-litre engine option as opposed to the manual-folding soft-top which comes in 1.5L and 2.0L form. You can, however, spec for the base model or the premium GT variant, with either a six-speed manual or auto.

Here we’re testing the base RF with the six-speed manual. Prices start at $38,550 for this, which is $3700 more than the equivalent soft-top (excluding on-roads).

Check out the video below or read the full review here: bit.ly/2qkKQee

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