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The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF (“Retractable Fastback”) is the second member of the current generation of Miata roadster, which was redesigned just last year. Instead of the Miata RF’s entire roof disappearing into the bodywork as you might expect, only its overhead roof panel and rear window retract. That is, the Miata RF’s bodywork buttresses and horizontal bar behind the passengers remain in place at all times. Though this fixed bodywork means that the Miata RF doesn’t deliver quite the same open-air experience as the regular Miata, in return you get a distinct new style for this diminutive two-seat sports car.
The Miata RF’s roof stows at the touch of a button in about 14 seconds and can be operated at speeds up to 6 mph. It takes up no more room when stowed than the base Miata’s soft top does, so trunk space is not affected. With its electric motors, linkages and panels, however, the Miata RF weighs about 150 pounds more than the base Miata.
The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is the new power-retractable hardtop version of this beloved sports car. While the regular Miata has a manually foldable soft top, the Miata RF (“Retractable Fastback”) has an electrically operated, stowable hard roof section. It occupies a similar place next to the base Miata that was previously taken by the last generation’s MX-5 PRHT (power-retractable hardtop) model.
The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is available in two trim levels: Club and Grand Touring. We prefer the Club for its available sport-oriented hardware, although buyers seeking more comfort and amenities will gravitate toward the Grand Touring’s longer list of convenience features. Both trim levels are equipped with the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (155 horsepower, 148 pound-feet of torque) and are available with a manual or automatic transmission.