Mazda MX-5 RF (beginning 2017)


2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Retractable Fastback (RF) combines a power-retractable targa top with a gorgeous fastback roofline. In other words, it’s the Miata coupe you’ve been waiting for, only better.


The Miata RF’s power-folding targa top operates like Porsche 911 Targa intricate roof in concept, although it’s somewhat simpler in practice. The 13-second roof-opening process can be performed at speeds up to 10 km/h and works thusly: The two roof panels over the occupants’ heads fold while the rear window lowers itself behind the seats and the two flying-buttress supports lift up to accommodate the folded top. Those sail panels, by the way, are a visual trick, wrapping around a conventional trunklid that opens to a cubby with 127 liter of cargo space (130 liter in the Miata softtop).