The Mazda MX-5 RF (Retractable Fastback) has made its anticipated sales debut in the land of the Rising Sun. Having made its debut in the U.S. and Europe. the MX-5 RF hardtop is slated to go on sale at dealerships in Japan, from 22 December.

While remaining true to its desire to make the pleasures of a convertible more accessible with the Roadster MX-5 RF, Mazda took the Roadster one step further, adding an innovative design and a retractable hardtop that can be opened and closed with ease. There are three particular grades for the MX-5 RF: the S, VS and RS grades.

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The Roadster RF features fastback styling with a smooth roofline that curves down to the rear end, and its unique rear roof and retractable back window offer a new open-air feeling. The roof opens and closes in a beautifully choreographed sequence and requires only the flip of a switch. Stowing the roof efficiently in the limited space available enables the Roadster RF to offer almost the same trunk space as the soft-top variant.

To accentuate the exterior, the RF’s piano black roof further illustrates the beauty of the roof line (an option for the VS grade). Furthermore, 17-inch, 8-spoke chrome-finished aluminum wheels, painted in piano black, give the Roadster an expressive stance. There are six body colors available for the MX-5 RF Japanese-spec.

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Moving into the interior, the Roadster’s cabin space conveys a sense of quality. The VS model grade features high-quality auburn-colored Nappa leather upholstery for a mature and sophisticated atmosphere. Interior highlights include Soft Nappa leather seats (VS grade) or auburn-colored Nappa leather seats, black Alcantara with red-accented Nappa leather RECARO seats (RS grade) and a 127-liter boot space with multi=purpose box.

The Roadster RF is powered by the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 gasoline engine. With greater displacement than the engine in the soft-top in Japan, it realizes lithe and refined driving performance that matches the model’s design. The RS model grade offers even more driving fun with a manufacturer-installed option set that includes exclusive seats and Brembo brakes. The standard braking system on the MX-5 RF, meantime, features 15-inch ventilated disc brakes in the front and 15-inch solid brakes in the rear.

Lastly, the MX-5 RF takes up the soft-top’s double-wishbone and multilink suspension, in the front and rear respectively. The suspensions have been tuned for a smooth, quality ride that befits a hardtop.