Earlier this year Mazda added to the best-selling MX-5 Roadster’s line up by releasing a version with a folding hard-top roof called the MX-5 RF (Retractable Fastback), which is available with the same 1.5 and 2.0 litre engines as the soft top.
With the bench-mark set so high due to the reputation & success of the Mazda MX-5 Roadster the Retractable Fastback does indeed have much to live up to. The success of the soft top was largely due to its combination of low weight, superb road handling, great engines and excellent build quality, so would the RF live up to expectations?
Mazda MX-5 RF 2.0 lt. (Retractable Fastback) Review
- Engine Petrol 4 cyls 1998cc
- Power 158bhp at 6000rpm
- Torque 148lb ft. at 4600rpm
- Gearbox 6-spd manual
- Kerb weight 1120kg
- Top speed 134mph
- 0-62mph 7.4sec
- Economy 40.9mpg (combined)
- CO2/tax band 161g/km
Made from steel, aluminium and plastic the RF’s automatically folding hard-top roof is more ostentatious than the manually retracted soft top of the standard car. It’s a major feat of design & engineering that Mazda has packaged it into the bodywork without compromising boot capacity. A small switch below the heater takes just 13 seconds to open or close the roof, although rear visibility is slightly reduced due to the extra bodywork of the hard-top mechanism.
One of the main reasons you might opt for the RF is for improved refinement over long distances, with reduced road & tyre noise, reduced wind noise when the roof is in place and added security. Overall this is a very successful addition to Mazda’s range, not to mention a great deal of fun, despite the RF being 45Kg heavier than the soft top due to the metal roof and motors. The Mazda MX-5 RF has superb handling characteristics, even with the stiffer suspension and 17-inch wheels of this 2.0-litre version. Unlike the MX-5 roadster, the RF is also available with a six-speed automatic gearbox.
Safety Features: The RF comes with front and side airbags to protect you in a crash, while electronic systems to prevent involuntary skids in corners and under braking come as standard. Top of the range models also have a system to alert you when you’re crossing lanes unintentionally.
You get 16-inch alloys if you opt for the 1.5-litre engine, or 17-inch wheels on the 2.0-litre model and other options include; rear parking sensors, heated leather seats, keyless entry and a nine-speaker Bose stereo system.
For more information regarding the MX-5 range or to book a test drive in Wolverhampton simply contact us at Brindley Mazda