Well protected

New York (United States), March 23, 2016

With the purism, it is such a thing with cars: the cast iron fans are on the one hand, on the other hand the economic ulterior motives of the manufacturer. Just think of the current wave of SUV including Maserati and Bentley. Mazda also has a case and that the MX-5. Fans of the iconic Roadster accept anything other than a manually foldable fabric canopy. But since the last generation Roadster Coupé has become in the MX-5, which electrically, a fixed roof over the inmates inverts. At the New York Auto Show (25 March to 3 April 2016) Mazda presents the successor to now.

The Cayman of the small man

And who has said it himself or better: to. Unlike as in the previous MX-5 Roadster Coupé Mazda has waived, to convert the fabric Cap simply into a plastic hood. The successor is as sharp as a Porsche Cayman and gets a new name: MX-5 RF, the abbreviation stands for "Retractable Fastback". What does that mean? First once relatively massive C-pillars, which take the form of the rear fenders. You do not disappear in the trunk, which is why a Targa of the RF in the open State. Advantage: So not a fat ass, also the 130 litre boot volume not differs from the fabric roof Variant. The roof can be opened up to a speed of 10 km/h. The duration does not yet reveal Mazda barely ten seconds passed estimated during the first live demonstration, which we attended at the auto show in New York.

Market launch until early 2017

Also the length at the MX-5 RF remains the same: he has the same 3.91 meters as his substance-bemuetzter brother. There will be differences on the German market. Here, the Russian Federation receives only the more powerful two-liter engine with 160 HP. For the first time puts a six speed automatic transmission in the program. Given the excellent switching this option at first glance appears superfluous, but Mazda apparently rather than market comfortable long distance athletes want the RF. Rolls of the retailers in the new MX-5 variant beginning 2017, at extra charge for the RF of the manufacturer not manifests itself yet. A 160-HP gasoline engine with manual transmission and soft top 26.890 euros. (rh)