2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Explained – Video
Why did Mazda abandon the previous generation’s more conventional folding hardtop that brought so many buyers into the Miata camp? According to Mazda’s North American president Masahiro Moro, the fourth-generation ND Miata’s shorter overall length doesn’t leave enough space to accommodate a full retractable hardtop like that on the third-gen NC Miata.
The RF’s slightly smaller foldable roof fits in the same cubby space that the regular Miata’s softtop folds into behind the seats, keeping the car’s weight balance and interior space uncompromised.
That the design allowed Mazda to craft this wonderful roofline that has already won us over is purely a bonus.