Mazda MX-5 RF etymology: What does its name and letters mean?

The ND Mazda MX-5 RF replaces the NC’s power retractable hardtop (PRHT) model, but what do the letters RF stand for?

The RF in Mazda MX-5 RF stands for Retractable Fastback. Despite what the name implies, the flying buttress-style B-pillars don’t fold away when the roof is put down.

Although they do lift up and out of the way to help with the roof being stored, they go back into place afterwards.

To find out what the name MX-5 stands for, read out piece on the etymology of the Mazda MX-5 (nee Mazda Roadster and Mazda Miata).