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.