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Mazda MX-5 RF hardtop on sale from $38,550, arrives February

November 14, 2016

The Australian arrival of the hardtop Mazda MX-5 RF has been confirmed to take place in February, 2017, with prices starting at $38,550.

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The MX-5 RF will be offered with only the GT’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, which produces 118kW/200Nm, throwing power to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual as standard, with the option of an automatic transmission.

Opting for the MX-5 RF also adds equipment like a 4.6-inch TFT display, LED headlights and leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear lever, as well as the retractable metal roof which can open and close at speeds up to 10km/h. Standard equipment for the base model includes 17-inch alloys, seven-inch MMI unit, cruise control and cloth-lined upholstery.

Moving up into the GT-spec adds a Bose nine-speaker sound system, heated seats and LED taillights.

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The hardtop version of the world’s favourite softtop roadster will cost you an extra $4000 over the standard MX-5, and adds an additional 45kg to the kerb mass; bringing the total weight figure up from 1078kg to 1102kg. Alastair Doak, Mazda’s Australian marketing director, said:

“It’s still fundamentally an MX-5 – a lightweight, affordable sports car. But it does open up a bigger marketplace. It’s going a different style to it, a different character to it, and it’s more refined as well. If people have looked at the MX-5 and rejected it for whatever reason in the past, maybe because it’s a softtop and they want extra security, then this really extends the MX-5 family.”

Mazda says that pre-orders are now open at local Mazda dealerships for prospective buyers keen on snatching up one of the first MX-5 RFs. Orders are scheduled to land Down Under in February. See below for starting prices (excluding on-road costs):

Mazda MX-5 RF cloth interior (manual) – $38,500
Mazda MX-5 RF cloth interior (auto) – $40,500

Mazda MX-5 RF GT black or tan leather (manual) – $43,890
Mazda MX-5 RF GT black or tan leather (auto) – $45,890

Mazda MX-5 RF GT with black roof, Nappa leather (manual) – $44,890
Mazda MX-5 RF GT with black roof, Nappa leather (auto) – $46,890

Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.