If one could suspect that this fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 would be entitled as its predecessor in a hardtop version, we were far from imagining that it would be as different in its design. Indeed, while the MX-5 NC had a roof in two parts which are put away in full in the back of the car (without changing the drawing), the generation resumes ND Targa recipe, which was all the rage in the 80s even when the folded roof, the new MX-5 RF (Retractable Fastback) retains its pillars and the bar between them.
Once closed, the MX-5 takes then truly the appearance of a small coupe fastback, which clearly distinguishes the convertible from his sister. As seen in the video below, the opening cinematic and hardtop closing strongly resembles that used on the latest Porsche 911 Targa, and the operation appears to occur in approximately 13 seconds (the time is not communicated by Mazda).
If the two engines of 131 hp 1.5 and 160 hp 2.0 are renewed on the RF version of the great technical innovation comes from the automatic six-speed transmission, available with either two blocks. It also seems that the box remains the prerogative of the MX-5 hardtop. The performance is not provided; we can not know yet if the transplant will harm their roof. Regarding boot capacity, it remains identical in contrast to that of the Roadster with 130 liters.
Finally, the new MX-5 RF inaugurates a new paint Grey Machine (visible in the photos) the most beautiful effect. Remains to be seen when this beautiful coupé / cabriolet will enter our market, but also how much will the extra charge will claim that compared to the Roadster.