2016 Mazda MX-5 hardtop convertible
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At last! Mazda adds power to MX-5 – for the roof!

2016 Mazda MX-5 hardtop convertible
WHAT YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR? The 2016 Mazda MX-5 gets, at last, a powered retractable hard top instead of being sold only with a manually operated soft top. Image: Mazda

The world’s best-selling convertible sports car over the past 26 years, Mazda’s Miata/MX-5, has suffered from one drawback as far as the cool crowd is concerned – the lack of an electric retractable roof.

That’s just changed…

The current soft-top model, recently launched in South Africa, is superbly easy to switch from covered to sunshine driving but, when all’s said and done, doing the conversion by muscle power (though little is needed!) has nowhere near the crowd-attraction as does pushing a button.

2016 Mazda MX-5 hardtop convertible
EXTRA POWER FOR MX-5: Close-up of the mechanicals that operate the hardtop convertible’s roof – with no penalty on  boot space compared to the original model. Image: Mazda

So it seems the Japanese automaker has listened, despite what will presumably be a price penalty for the MX-5 RF (Retractable Fastback). This the latest addition to the MX-5 family, the automaker says, “fully embodies the model’s 26-year-old tradition of ‘lots of fun'”.

The MX-5 RF has, Mazda explains, fastback styling with a smooth roof line that slopes down to the boot and its unique rear roof and retractable back window “offer a new open-air feeling”.

The roof can be operated either way at up to jogging speed and, Mazda claims, “stows compactly and efficiently in a limited space”. In fact, it uses the same amount of boot volume as the soft-top model.

The MX-5 RF will be available in ‘Machine Grey’, a new colour designed to accentuate the beauty of vehicle bodies. It’s Mazda’s second ‘premium’ colour after ‘Soul Red’, which since its launch has come to represent KODO design.

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Buyers will be able to choose between either current engine – SkyActive-G 1.5 or SkyActive-G 2.0 engine, depending on country.

The South African model is still to be confirmed.

The MX-5 RF will be on display at the 2016 New York International Auto Show from March 25.

2016 Mazda MX-5 hardtop convertible
ET VOILA! AN INSTANT COUPE: The 2016 Mazda MX-5 hardtop convertible gets an even sleeker roof line. Image: Mazda

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