Fast­back MX-5

Rutherglen Reformer - - Drivetime Extra -

The world’s favourite road­ster will at­tract even more at­ten­tion next year when a new ver­sion ar­rives in the spring.

The coupe con­vert­ible ver­sion of Mazda’s MX-5 sports car will be avail­able in the UK from next May priced from £22,195.

Six mod­els make up the line up and will in­clude a lim­ited run, high spec­i­fi­ca­tion Launch Edi­tion, priced from £28,995 and re­stricted to only 500 ve­hi­cles.

The MX-5 RF, or re­tractable fast­back, will be pow­ered by the same 1.5 and 2.0-litre en­gines as in the award-win­ning MX-5 road­ster which went on sale last year.

Apart from a 5mm in­crease in height to ac­com­mo­date the re­tractable me­tal roof, the MX-5 RF is the same size as the soft top.

Per­for­mance data has yet to be re­leased but will be sim­i­lar to that of the road­ster.

All ver­sions will be fit­ted with LED head­lights, air con­di­tion­ing and sat nav while the 2.0-litre mod­els have a lim­ited slip dif­fer­en­tial as stan­dard to en­hance the 160ps power out­put.

The Launch Edi­tion cars, which have the higher pow­ered en­gine, come with a twin-tone colour scheme for the roof, gloss black door mir­rors and a black rear spoiler.

They will also be fit­ted with al­can­tara trim and Re­caro sports seats and will be avail­able with red or grey paint fin­ishes which are a £670 op­tion on the reg­u­lar mod­els.

Other equip­ment fit­ted to the lim­ited edi­tion cars in­cludes blind spot mon­i­tors and rear cross traf­fic alerts.

An au­to­matic MX-5 RF will also be avail­able in top grade Sport Nav trim and priced from £27,095.

The MX-5 RF’s re­tractable hard­top con­sists of front, mid­dle and rear roof sec­tions, and a rear screen.

When the top is low­ered the front and mid­dle por­tions are stowed to­gether, while the rear glass sits be­hind the seats, leav­ing the rear roof sec­tion in place to cre­ate a sleek, speed­ster-like pro­file.

The MX-5, which is the cur­rent holder of the UK Car of the Year and World Car of the Year ti­tles, is the world’s best-sell­ing road­ster and has notched up more than 120,000 sales in Bri­tain since it first ar­rived back in 1990.

The new RF, which car­ries a pre­mium of some £2,100 over sim­i­lar spec­i­fi­ca­tion MX-5 road­sters, will be avail­able only in SE-L Nav and Sport Nav grades with the lat­ter cost­ing from £24,795 for the 1.5-litre 131ps ver­sion and £25,695 for the 2.0-litre.

It will be on sale from March 4 with first de­liv­er­ies ex­pected in May.

Strik­ing the MX-5 RF will have many ad­mir­ers

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