The Mazda MX-5 RF made its world premiere in New York, bringing a new twist to the traditional idea of how to produce a folding hardtop.
The ‘RF’ in Mazda MX-5 RF, as you’re no doubt wondering, stands for Retractable Fastback, which outlines what you need to know first and foremost about this new take on the world’s most popular convertible.
Unlike the third-generation MX-5 hardtop, the new ND version doesn’t simply replace the canvas roof with a harder shell. Instead, it now has its own distinctive stylistic identity to broaden the range well beyond its enthusiast base.
The MX-5 RF’s novel roof consists of segmented front, middle and rear sections, and retractable back window glass. The C-pillar lifts, and the middle section of the roof is stowed away in the boot, all via the flick of a switch (not like the manual-folding soft top). While the C-pillar is fixed in place when the top is down, the glass back window is retractable.