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2017 Mazda MX-5 RF pricing and specs: New hard-top in Australia from February

The 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF, the hardtop version of Mazda's iconic Japanese roadster, will go on sale in Australia from February 1 with a starting price of $38,550 before on-road costs. Six different versions of the RF ('Retractable Fastback') will be available locally, with entry-level RF and more higher specified RF GT variants joining the current, four-strong roadster line-up...

Mazda MX-5 a "very important car for the future" says brand's sports car guru

The man behind the development of all but the very first Mazda MX-5 has declared the sports car's importance to the brand and its importance to the brand's future...

Mazda MX-5 Generations: We drive every generation, from NA to ND

I never had posters of the Mazda MX-5 on my bedroom walls as a kid. I had a Ferrari F40, Lamborghini Diablo, and McLaren F1, but no MX-5. Somehow, though, without supercar looks or performance, this humble little Japanese convertible has captured the hearts of many across the world...

Mazda MX-5 Speedster Evolution, RK Kuro concepts revealed for SEMA - UPDATE

Update: This article originally showed only teaser images of both concepts. Mazda has now revealed the MX-5 Speedster Evolution and MX-5 RF Kuro at the 2016 SEMA show. See bottom of article for details. October 30: The Mazda MX-5 Speedster Evolution will make its debut at SEMA 2016. Ahead of its in-the-flesh debut Mazda has released a teaser image and some details about the concept car...

Mazda MX-5 RF finally enters production, Australia launch early 2017

The Mazda MX-5 RF folding hardtop has finally entered production, at the company’s Ujina Plant No. 1 near Hiroshima, ahead of its global sales rollout at the end of 2016. The first market to get the slick new MX-5 derivative will be Mazda’s home, Japan, with Europe, North America and us here in Australia set to get the car by March 2017...

Mazda MX-5 Cup Global Invitational: I survived a harrowing day of practice and qualifying at Laguna Seca

To say that Mazda Raceway is a daunting race circuit must be the understatement of the year – especially when you’re up against most of the best MX-5 Cup racers in the world, who don’t exactly hang about. Racers like John Dean II, Mark Drennan, and Robby Foley – all of them gun drivers in this year’s MX-5 Cup series in the United States...

Mazda MX-5 Cup car: driver set-up at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Today was an important day, as the first opportunity we’ve had to look at the car and meet the team responsible for prepping our Mazda MX-5 Cup Car before two practice sessions and qualifying tomorrow. Meathead Racing out of Maryland in the United States are running the two MX-5 Cup cars we are racing (Numbers 75 and 76) at this weekend’s first ever Mazda MX-5 Cup Global Invitational at Laguna Seca...

Mazda MX-5: next generation could feature carbon-fibre, three-cylinder engines

Despite the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 only going on sale last year, Nobuhiro Yamamoto, the car's program manager, has revealed some details about the next-generation model. Yamamoto told Autocar that the fifth-generation MX-5, which isn't due until 2021 at the very earliest, will attempt to shed more weight...

Mazda’s G-Vectoring tech not a priority for MX-5... yet

While you might expect Mazda’s clever new G-Vectoring Control (GVC) system to best suit its sports-car superstar the MX-5, we won’t be hearing about the new tech joining the suite of equipment it already packs. Not yet, anyway. According to the boss of Mazda Australia, Martin Benders, the MX-5 isn’t at the forefront of Mazda’s stable to receive the new technology...

Mazda Australia: RF to take half of all MX-5 sales; G-Vectoring system here soon

The upcoming Mazda MX-5 RF folding hardtop is expected to account for around 50 per cent of all MX-5 sales when it hits Australian showrooms in the first part of 2017. Speaking to CarAdvice at the announcement of the extension of the company’s long-running partnership with the North Melbourne Football Club, Mazda Australia boss Martin Benders said the new variant should appeal to older buyers who want an MX-5 but would like the "extra comfort" of a coupe...

Mazda MX-5 gets five-star ANCAP rating

The Mazda MX-5 convertible has received a 2016 date-stamped five-star rating from independent crash tester the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). Interestingly, the five-star result is in contrast to the four-star score given to the MX-5 by ANCAP’s sister organisation Euro NCAP in October last year...