Mazda has started production of the Mazda MX-5 RF retractable hardtop at Ujina Plant No.1 near its global headquarters in Hiroshima, Japan. Production began with models bound for the European and North American markets, where sales will start in early 2017. In Japan, the MX-5 RF will go on sale later this year.

The MX-5 RF fully embodies the Jinba-Ittai philosophy of the driver and car in harmony that has defined the MX-5 throughout its 27-year history. This latest adaptation of Mazda’s lightweight two-seater features an eye-catching fastback design with a three-piece power retractable roof that, when opened, leaves the rear buttressed section in place for a unique convertible atmosphere.

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First unveiled at the New York International Auto Show, Mazda’s world prominent Roadster offers a new dimension of open-top driving while staying true to the purpose of Mazda’s previous retractable hardtop MX-5.

Despite the sleek design, the MX-5 RF offers the same boot space as the soft-top model. Also like the soft-top, the new version will be available in Europe with a choice of two revvy petrol engines, the SKYACTIV-G 1.5 and SKYACTIV-G 2.0, mated either to a delightfully crisp shifting six-speed SKYACTIV-MT gearbox or, exclusively for the MX-5 RF, a six-speed automatic.

Featuring fastback styling with a smooth roofline that slopes down to the rear, the MX-5 RF’s unique rear roof and retractable back window deliver a distinctive new convertible feeling. The power roof opens and closes with the press of a button while moving at speeds of up to 10km/h.

Another highlight of the Mazda MX-5 RF is the selection of body colors. They include Machine Grey, a new premium color specially designed to accentuate the subtle yet dynamic surfaces of Mazda’s KODO – Soul of Motion exteriors. Developed in the belief that color is one of the elements of form, Machine Grey expresses the beauty of a machine’s strength and precision. By intensifying the contrast between light and shadow with a sleek, high-density finish, it gives the impression that the vehicle’s body was sculpted from a solid block of steel.