Mazda / MX-5 / RF
By STUART MARTIN
FAMOUSLY successful as a rag-top, Mazda’s
MX-5 is again on offer in hard-top guise, but with a twist.
mimicking the soft roof, the solid-topped RF – for Retractable Fastback – has a
different and appealing profile that sets it further apart from the
There are still many similarities, as the RF has retained
the simple but effective recipe of low weight, propelled by a peppy and
flexible powerplant with road manners that are evenly and beautifully balanced
between ride and handling.
The clever roof mechanism operates neatly
without adding massively to the kerb weight or chewing into the already-limited
boot space, but the absence of a rear camera and parking sensors to offset the
reduced rear vision counts against it.
Tested in automatic form, the
paddle shifters go some way to making up for the absence of a clutch pedal, but
the well-sorted and enjoyable manual transmission would still win out for us in
a purchase decision.
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Model release date: January 2017
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