Published on November 12th, 2016 | by Subhash Nair


Mazda Roadster RF Retractable Hardtop Debuts in Japan

Mazda Motor Corporation today announced that it will start taking orders for the Mazda Roadster RF (retractable fastback), which is known as MX-5 RF overseas. Based on the Roadster compact open-top sports car, the new model is equipped with a power retractable hardtop roof. It will go on sale on Dec. 22 at Mazda dealerships throughout Japan.


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 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. The roof opens and closes in a beautifully choreographed sequence and requires only the flip of a switch. 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.


The precisely crafted interior aims to create a cabin space that conveys a sense of quality. The VS model grade features high-quality auburn-colored Nappa leather upholstery for a mature and sophisticated atmosphere.


The Roadster RF is powered by the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 gasoline engine. With greater displacement than the engine in the soft-top in Japan, it realises lithe and refined driving performance that matches the model’s design. The RS model grade offers even more driving fun with a manufacturer-installed option set that includes exclusive seats and Brembo brakes.

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