The folding hardtop version of the Mazda MX-5 is now available in South Africa, here are the details.
The Mazda MX-5 RF is the second derivative of MX-5 to hit the market after the standard roadster model (with a fabric-trimmed folding roof) arrived in late 2015. The retractable hardtop gives the MX-5 a fastback or coupe style depending on the configuration of the roof. To open the roof takes just 13 seconds and crawling speeds of up to 10 kph.
The same 2.0-litre engine is deployed in the RF with 118 kW and 200 Nm of torque. There is a 6-speed automatic gearbox for the RF that improves the overall fuel economy from 6.9 L/100 km to 6.7 L/100 km, but the downside is slower acceleration. The auto takes a full second longer to reach the 100 kph sprint time (8.6 seconds) and the top speed is just 194 kph.
Despite the extra bits and heft of the hardtop folding roof, the boot size isn’t affected that much. It’s only 3.0 litres smaller than the standard model, which has a tiny boot to begin with. Upgrades to the RF model range include adaptive headlights, lane departure warning, navigation, blind spot monitoring and steering wheel mounted shift paddles.
Mazda MX-5 pricing in South Africa
Mazda MX-5 manual R441 700
Mazda MX-5 RF auto R532 800
Prices include a 3-year unlimited-kilometre factory warranty, service plan and roadside assistance and a 5-year corrosion warranty.