First Look at the 2017 Mazda Miata RF Convertible

April 4th, 2016 by

First Look at the 2017 Mazda Miata RF ConvertibleImage via Flickr by frankieleonMany breathtaking vehicles were revealed at this year’s New York Auto Show. One of the top eye-catchers was the brand new, 2017 Mazda Miata RF. “RF” stands for Retractable Fastback, a classy and fitting title for this hardtop convertible. While a hardtop convertible doesn’t seem too out of the ordinary, it certainly seems so for Mazda. Here’s a first look at the 2017 Mazda RF Convertible.The Head-TurnerSo why is this convertible turning heads? The Miata RF is sleek and aerodynamic, per Mazda’s style and especially the style of the standard Miatas. The impressive retractable hardtop, though, adds around 200 pounds to the total weight of the car. Why is this so surprising? Mazda is known for slimming down its vehicles down to the ounce. Every excess gram of weight or friction is taken out of the design. For Mazda to place a 200-pound hardtop onto an already light and sleek vehicle, they must have a good reason.Despite having the highest fleet-wide fuel economy in the nation, Mazda has a much smaller customer base than other popular brands like Toyota, Ford, Chevy, and others. In an attempt to draw more customers, Mazda has been slightly modifying its approach, which had previously been to produce the lightest, most fuel-efficient cars that still performed like a sports car. It’s likely that Mazda has sacrificed hundreds of pounds of weight in order to reach out to more customers.With a retractable hardtop, the convertible can be driven through any season, while most convertibles are covered and kept safe through the snow and rain of winter and early spring. With a hardtop, Mazda is offering customers a vehicle they can drive every day year-round and always be able to enjoy the fun of a convertible when the weather permits. It’s a bold attempt for Mazda, but hopefully it will reach out to the audience for which they’re aiming.2017 Mazda Miata RF DetailsThe RF maintains much of the visual appeal of the MX-5 Miata, which has already performed beautifully in the market. The sleekness of the vehicle is maintained even with the hardtop up. Like the MX-5, the RF is a comfortable two-seater, with classic leather upholstery. Even with the retractable hardtop folded up inside, the trunk space remains at the same as cloth-top Miata: 6.2 cubic feet, a moderate size for a sporty vehicle like the RF.The hardtop retracts seamlessly in about 12 seconds, at driving speeds up to 6.2 miles per hour. Engine size remains the same as the MX-5 Miata, with a two-liter, four-cylinder engine available in either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Even with the hardtop, the Miata RF handles with as smoothness and power as the lighter cloth-top Miata.While an official price hasn’t been announced, Mazda has said that the RF will cost $1,500 to $1,800 more than the ragtop Miata, placing it probably in the range of $27,000 to $35,000. Other features will likely reflect the previous Miata, with some other potential upgrades. Stay tuned for more details!
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