Following the launch of the Mazda MX-5/Miata two years ago, Mazda Philippines unveils the 2017 MX-5 RF at the 2017 Manila International Auto Salon which will now join the current Mazda lineup. The RF, which stands for Retractable Fastback, features a retractable hard-top as compared to the standard soft-top MX-5.
On the outside, the MX-5 RF looks identical to the standard soft-top MX-5. The main difference would be the metal hard-top which gives the RF a sleeker roof line even with the hard-top roof down. From the front, it is nearly impossible to distinguish the RF and the soft-top apart. The rear however, shows the RF's most striking angle as a glass screen coupled with the sleek coupe like pillars allow it to be distinguished from its soft-top counterpart.
Inside, the RF has the same interior as the standard Miata. The round three-spoke steering wheel, aircon vents, knobs and gauges remain faithful to the soft-top, along with its black/grey dashboard. The trim and accents are also matched to that of the exterior depending on which exterior color is selected.
Powering the MX-5 RF is the same 2.0-liter SkyActiv inline four which produces 160 PS and 200 Nm found on the soft-top. However, unlike the soft-top offered, the RF will strictly be a six-speed automatic only.
There are two variants of the MX-5 RF will be available, one with black leather and the other with Nappa trim. Prices for the MX-5 RF starts at Php 2,180,000 for the standard model while the Nappa-trimmed variant starts at Php 2,250,000.