Mazda has released pricing and spec info for its folding hard-top MX-5 RF; it starts from £22,195 and goes on sale on 4 March 2017

The Mazda MX-5 RF folding hard-top will go on sale on 4 March 2017, with prices starting at £22,195 for the 1.5-litre, SE-L Nav spec car.

The range will be topped by the Launch Edition, which will cost £28,995, and includes a raft of extra equipment including a two-tone roof, BBS alloys and black exterior trim. Production for this edition will be limited to 500 units.

Once the 500 Launch Edition MX-5s have been sold, the £27,095 2.0-litre Sport Nav Auto will top the range. A like-for-like MX-5 RF is £2000 more expensive than the standard soft-top, although the range-topping RF is offered with an automatic gearbox, which is unavailable on the standard car. The automatic ‘box is only available on the Sport Nav, rather than lower-spec RFs, though.

Also exclusive to the RF is an electric mechanism for opening and closing the roof – the standard soft-top opens and closes manually.

The previous-generation folding hard-top MX-5 accounted for around 80% of UK sales, with drivers opting for the refinement and extra insulation it offered over the standard car’s cloth roof. The same sales split is expected this time round.

First examples of the standard MX-5 RF will reach dealers in May, in 1.5-litre SE-L Nav and Sport Nav trim levels. The rest of the RF line-up will appear after this.

The RF went into production on 5 October, and was first revealed at the New York motor show earlier this year. 

Our Verdict

Here is the fourth-gen Mazda MX-5 - the definitive small sports car

Fourth-generation MX-5 heads back to the roadster's roots

Join the debate


10 October 2016
Never buy Mazda in Black (or white) because unfortunately they use a very soft paint which is extra prone to stone chips and scratches so easily. The red would do me though - it's beautiful. Bit pricey mind especially as wifey wants automatic!!

what's life without imagination

10 October 2016
Sure its your wife that wants one?

10 October 2016
Checking the spec sheets, Mazda has decided the launch edition will lose its sports suspension and dampers. Seems an odd decision given the car rides better (I have the 2.0 Sports Nav model) with both items.

10 October 2016
Why are the first ones coming in May 2017? if production has already started ! Would have thought Mazda uk would have wanted them in the showroom and first customers driving them away in March and I'll bet many of those pre-ordering would like them then too.
Launch Edition is a lot of money, for what is basically a very complicated sunroof, but I'm sure they'll be plenty of people that will like it and it's still £3k cheaper than a manual Abarth 124 fully spec'd up (which doesn't get the Recaro's or BBS alloys).

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • First Drive
    22 March 2018
    Latest M5 super saloon deploys four-wheel drive to the improvement of every facet of its driving experience. Faster and more capable than any, and more exciting than most, of its celebrated predecessors.
  • Range Rover Sport SVR
    First Drive
    22 March 2018
    More power and an intoxicating soundtrack have breathed new life into our love affair with the biggest, baddest Range Rover Sport variant
  • First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new Vantage has been developed as a Porsche 911 beater, and our first taste on UK roads suggests it can live up to that bold claim
  • Nissan Leaf Tekna
    The is the new Nissan Leaf
    First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new version of the world's best-selling electric car gains a bigger battery and more power. How does it compare to rivals such as the Volkswagen e-Golf?
  • Range Rover p400e
    First Drive
    20 March 2018
    The original luxury SUV is now available as a plug-in hybrid, promising lower emissions and the capacity for silent electric motoring