If for some crazy reason you weren’t a Mazda Miata fan before, you will be now because Mazda’s just unveiled a hardtop model that’s drop dead gorgeous. It’s the MX-5 RF – RF stands for retractable fastback and Mazda took the wraps off the stunner at this week’s New York Auto Show.
This convertible hardtop is sleek to say the least and we could watch video of the roof retracting all day, it’s just that cool looking. Instead of a normal hardtop, this one lifts up and back and is stored underneath a back plate.
It’s the same idea as the Porsche Targa, without the hefty Porsche price tag. (Technically speaking, the term Targa first appeared on the 1972 Porsche 911T Targa and the word remains a registered trademark of Porsche.) The targa top world also includes the Chevrolet Corvette, Ferrari F355 and Alfa Romeo 4C Spider.
We also have to say Mazda went with the right exterior color for the big reveal. It’s Machine Grey, a new premium color with a sleek, high-density finish that really makes the car look like it was sculpted from a solid block of steel.
Mazda uses three coats of paint to get the effect. One is a reflective layer with extremely thin, high-brightness aluminum flakes. It shrinks during the drying process to about one-quarter the thickness of most reflective layers. This causes the flakes to lie flat with regular spacing between each flake for a high-density finish that gives the entire surface a sheen and a genuine metallic look. Jet black pigment is also used to heighten the contrast.
Interestingly, and rather disappointingly, Machine Grey won’t be exclusive to the MX-5 RF. It will be available on a range of Mazda models, including the all-new Mazda CX-9.
Pre-orders start this summer, but no pricing is out yet. For reference, the soft-top MX-5 runs from $25,000 to $31,000.
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