Mazda MX-5 2.0L Auto RF debuts in South Africa

Mazda Southern Africa introduced the much anticipated Mazda MX-5 RF (Retractable Fastback) this week through a unique digital retail launch.

Brian Joss – The launch is hosted on a Mazda Launch micro site –, where limited launch RF units are made available directly to the public, giving them the opportunity to secure their own.

The Mazda MX-5 RF is based on the fourth-generation MX-5 Roadster Coupe, which has won more than 280 automotive awards around the world and became the first model to win both World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year in 2016. It is dedicated to the past, present and future of the world’s all-time best selling roadster. 

The Mazda MX-5 2.0L Auto RF (Retractable Fastback) defies convention. Picture: Quickpic

While remaining true to its desire to make the pleasures of a convertible more accessible with the Roadster Power Retractable Hardtop, Mazda took the car one step further, adding an innovative design and a retractable hardtop that can be opened and closed with ease. The new top closes and opens in 13 seconds in a beautifully choreographed sequence at the flip of a switch, even when the car is moving at up to 10km/h. Like its predecessor, the MX-5 RF features one of the fastest retractable tops available, combining the practicality and convenience of a power roof with distinctive new lines that perfectly suit the KODO-inspired body shared with the new-generation soft-top MX-5. Featuring steering and suspension tweaked in the name of refinement, the MX-5 RF handles every bit as well as its perfectly balanced sibling while unsurprisingly offering a far quieter cabin with the roof closed.

The Roadster RF features fastback styling with a smooth roofline that curves down to the rear end, and its unique rear roof and retractable back window offer a new open-air feeling. Stowing the roof efficiently in the limited space available enables the Roadster RF to offer almost the same trunk space as the soft-top model. It is available in a 2.0-litre SKYACTIV petrol engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Model additions include the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) advanced safety features; a navigation system and the automatic shift switch.

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