2017 Mazda MX-5 RF: New convertible hardtop straddles targa line

The new ND Mazda MX-5 RF replaces the NC’s power retractable hardtop variant with a new design that doesn’t look as awkward with the roof up.

The new Mazda MX-5 RF features a multi-part hardtop roof and rear glass windshield that folds away at the touch of a button. The flying buttress B pillars lift up and out to help with the roof up or down process, but then return in place, meaning that with the roof down, the RF is more targa top than anything else.

The flying buttress B pillars make the RF look fantastic when its operating in coupe mode, but a lot less convertible when the roof is down. The roof can be operated whilst the car is driving at speeds up to 10km/h (6mph).

Depending on the market, the new Mazda MX-5 RF will be available with a 1.5-liter and/or a 2-liter 4-cylinder SkyActiv engine.