Driving The 2017 Mazda Miata MX-5 RF Grand Touring.
While both cars are fantastic, after spending a week in the 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF, several reasons made it apparent that I prefer the soft-top.
From The MX-5 Press Kit:
"Following the success of the third-generation MX-5 PRHT (power retractable hardtop), Mazda went a very different direction with the design of its power-folding fourth-gen. Called the MX-5 RF—for retractable fastback—the latest version of Mazda’s longstanding sports car was seen as the tuxedo complement to the
roadster’s track suit. Its top took all of 13 seconds to go from closed to open, or vice versa. MX-5 RF also introduced an aura of premium aesthetics in its seductive appeal, complemented with its Machine Gray Metallic paint, hand-painted black top and Auburn Nappa
leather interior. MX-5 RF captivated show-goers, retaining its familiarity with its soft-top sibling but charting new territory with the only top of its kind this side of six figures. The color combination proved so captivating that Mazda North American Operations sought to offer it exclusively as a 1,000-unit Launch Edition, giving the first customers of the MX-5 RF—some of Mazda’s most loyal customers—
but one option: six-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission or six-speed automatic."
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