TodayJuly 27, 2021

Fastback and furious Mazda MX-5 RF global debut

New York International Auto Show (NYIAS)

If you were waffling on whether to attend the New York International Auto Show, waffle no more. Mazda Motor Corporation has unveiled, in a global debut, the Mazda MX-5 RF (retractable fastback). The latest addition to the MX-5 family fully embodies the model’s 26-year-old tradition of zoom-zoom. The Mazda MX-5 RF breaks the bounds of conventional thinking to create something entirely new, and fun to drive.

Fastback, furious, retractable, Mazda MX-5 RF, global debut, New york auto show

Fastback, furious, retractable, Mazda MX-5 RF, global debut, New York auto show

The MX-5 RF features fastback styling with a smooth roofline that slopes down to the rear end, and its unique rear roof and retractable back window offer a new open-air feeling. The power roof can be opened or closed at speeds of up to 6.2 miles per hour with the press of a button. Despite its fastback design and hardtop roof, the MX-5 RF is stowed compactly, while offering the same amount of trunk space as the soft-top model.

The North American model will have the SKYACTIV-G 2.0, other markets will have the option of either the SKYACTIV-G 1.5 or SKYACTIV-G 2.0 gasoline engine.

Fastback, furious, retractable, Mazda MX-5 RF, global debut, New york auto show

Fastback, furious, retractable, Mazda MX-5 RF, global debut, New york auto show

 

Lou Ann Hammond

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