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2016-03-23 15:50

COMING TO SA: The Mazda MX-5 RF (retractable fastback) was unveiled at the New York International Auto Show. The model is destined for Mzansi in 2017. Image: Quickpic

New York - Mazda has revealed its new MX-5 RF (retractable fastback), the latest addition to its iconic roadster family.

The MX-5 RF features fastback styling with a smooth roofline that slopes down to the rear and its unique rear roof and retractable back window offers a new, the automaker says, open-air feeling.

Retains soft tops boot space

The power roof can be opened or closed at speeds of up to 10km/h with the press of a button, and the roof is stowed compactly and efficiently in a limited space. Despite its fastback styling and hardtop roof, the MX-5 RF offers the same amount of boot space as the soft-top.

Mazda SA confirmed to Wheels24 that the MX-5 RF will arrive in Mzansi in 2017.

The MX-5 RF will be available in "Machine Grey'', a new premium colour designed to accentuate its KODO design language. Machine Grey is Mazda's second premium colour following Soul Red.

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Two engine choices

The model cab be powered by either a SKYACTIV-G 1.5 or SKYACTIV-G 2.0 engine, depending on the market.

The MX-5 RF will be on display at the 2016 New York International Motor Show from March 25th.

Watch: New Mazda MX-5 RF roof opening


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