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Mazda MX-5 now with a hardtop

POSTED BY Jason Tan ON 02 May 2017

The MX-5 is undoubtedly the most desirable and exciting model in the whole Mazda lineup. As one of the world’s best-selling sports cars and with multiple awards under its belt, the Mazda MX-5 is iconic not just in name but silhouette.

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Currently in its fourth generation, the ND MX-5 has been available for quite some time in soft-top guise. However, many potential buyers are still reluctant to drive soft-top cars due to various reasons. With that, Bermaz Motor – the official distributor of Mazda cars in Malaysia – has brought in the Mazda MX-5 RF, in which RF stands for Retractable Fastback.

The RF still features the same MX-5 recipe; lightweight chassis, fun handling characteristics and ultimate driving involvement. The engineers have spent tonnes of effort in making the hardtop folding roof a beautiful piece of kit. Consisting of seven links, the mechanism works seamlessly while overlapping each other.

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To compensate for the added weight of the powered hardtop, Mazda has tweaked the chassis to ensure drivers get the genuine driving experience. The RF’s roof can be operated via a toggle switch on the centre console and works its way to open or close the roof in 13 seconds. It can also be operated at speeds of up to 10km/h.

Right behind the front axle is a 2.0-litre SkyActiv-G four-cylinder engine, capable of 158hp at 6,000rpm and 200Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. The best bit here, at least in Malaysia, is the availability of the six-speed SkyActiv-MT manual transmission. The previous soft-top MX-5 was only offered in six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission.

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On styling, the car comes standard with LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, LED rear combination lights, rear fog lights and lightweight 17-inch alloy wheels. As for the cabin, there’s an engine start/stop button, adjustable steering wheel with tilt function, paddle-shifters (for the automatic transmission), auto air-con and leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob.

Available in four colours, Soul Red Metallic, Crystal White Pearl, Machine Grey Metallic and Jet Black, the Mazda MX-5 RF is yours at RM241,199 for the automatic transmission and RM235,899 for the manual transmission.