Mazda MX-5 Miata RF starts production at home in Japan

Mazda MX-5 Miata RF starts production at home in Japan image

The Japanese automaker has recently started production of the newest addition to the MX-5 line, the Retractable Fastback (RF) version at its Ujina Plant No.1 factory situated near the company’s headquarters in Hiroshima, Japan.

Mazda has recently started taking pre-orders for the model, so it’s only logical the MX-5 RF has also started treading down the assembly lines for the European and North American markets, where it should be expected early 2017. The model is produced alongside the regular version but also the Fiat 124 Spider – the latter only offered with a soft fabric, with rumors that an Abarth version could take the coupe mantle as well. As for the RF, as the name implies, the main modifications is the adoption of an electrically-operated hard top instead of the classic manually-retractable fabric roof. It will open and close at speeds of up to 6 mph (10 km/h) and will deliver the same trunk capacity of 4.6 cubic feet (130 liters) as its roadster counterpart.

The model kicks off at $31,555 MSRP in United States if you go for the traditional manual gearbox and the auto starts from $32,285. There’s a more upscale trim named Grand Touring which comes with a Bose sound system and leather upholstery, with prices starting from $32,260 for the manual and $33,825 for the automatic.

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