Thursday, November 10, 2016

Mazda Roadster (ND) RF

Last year, Mazda introduced us the fourth-generation Roadster/MX-5 and this new model implements Mazda's revolutionary SKYACTIV Technology which balances fuel efficiency and performance at a same pace. Even though it's all-new, the Roadster formula still remains; light body, small engine, rear-wheel drive, and its fun-to-drive character. Following the success of the latest Roadster, Mazda introduced us a brand new variant that is a fitting present for the speedo boys for the holiday season.

2017 Mazda Roadster RF

At first glance, it looks vaguely similar to the current-generation Roadster, except for one major difference; a retractable hardtop targa roof to resemble a coupe-like silhouette. That, ladies and gentlemen, is the first-ever Mazda Roadster RF. RF means Retractable Fastback and true to its name, the new retractable hardtop delivers a coupe-like silhouette from every angle while delivering the classic Roadster feeling speedo boys enjoyed.

2017 Mazda Roadster RF interior
2017 Mazda Roadster RF

Apparently, because of the roof, the RF weighs a hundred more than the softop equivalent but despite its added weight from the hardtop roof, it's still a light car that values aerodynamics over performance. Classic Roadster mandarin. The lighter bodywork, smaller engine, and rear-wheel drive is what makes the Roadster great and for the new RF model, it's still a great performer that really gets you in the groove.

Exclusive to the RF and for the first time in the ND Roadster, since the rest of the world got one in their softtops, is a SKYACTIV-G 2.0L petrol engine. This engine, made specifically for this variant, produces 158PS of power and 200Nm of torque. It can be mated to either a 6-speed automatic or manual gearbox, which is great by us but we can rest our case in having a open-top car with a two-litre petrol engine for keeps. Because the Roadster RF, like its softtop equivalent, comes with SKYACTIV-CHASSIS and SKYACTIV-BODY, it feels as accessible as the softtop equivalent, making it an easy car to drive on the road and on the track, despite the added weight from the roof that questioned yourself in the process. Spend a lot of time and energy with this machine and you'll starting to fall in love with it all the time.

2017 Mazda Roadster RF

The new Mazda Roadster RF starts at 3,240,000 Japanese Yen, which is almost 800,000 Yen more than the soft-top Roadster, but despite its expensive pricing, it's still a fun sportscar if you can't afford the luxury open-top cars and it doesn't matter if you're not concentrating. Because this is the only Roadster in the stable to have a 2.0L engine in it, those looking for some grunt had no choice but to be indulged by the retractable fastback Roadster. You have a choice now, speedo boys.

Available colors: Soul Red Premium Metallic, Ceramic Metallic, Jet Black Mica, Machine Grey Premium Metallic, Blue Reflex Mica, and Crystal White Pearl Mica.

Photo: Mazda Motor Corporation

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