Given a soft cen­tre

Alpine Observer - - Northeast Motor Guide -

These, plus in­su­la­tion ma­te­ri­als se­lected specif­i­cally for the MX-5 RF have also been added in­side the body and door trim.

Re­vised sus­pen­sion set­tings, dampers and elec­tric power as­sisted steer­ing were tuned specif­i­cally for the RF.

Clev­erly, there’s no sig­nif­i­cant sac­ri­fice in boot space. The 127-litre ca­pac­ity is al­most the same as the soft-top model, even with the roof stowed. Two car­ryon bags mea­sur­ing 550 by 400 by 220 mil­lime­tres will fit.

For me, the plan­ets did not align for the Mazda MX-5 RF GT test. Who would want to drive with the top down un­der the mid-sum­mer sun in tem­per­a­tures up to 36 de­grees? And the MX-5 RF GT with the lid shut? It’s as if the young tear­away has been sent to fin­ish­ing school.

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