New MX5 RF to Debut at Goodwood

RF GoodwoodClick photo for large image.

The all-new Mazda MX5 RF, the latest adaptation of the best selling two-seater sports car ever, will make its European premiere in the UK at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed in June. First unveiled to the public at the New York International Auto Show in March, the retractable fastback version of Mazda’s legendary roadster will be the highlight of the carmaker’s Goodwood stand, where Mazda pays tribute to the MX5’s past, present and future. The MX-5 RF in “Machine Grey” will feature alongside the one-millionth production MX-5, which rolled off the assembly line in Japan on 22 April, as well as the MX5 Spyder and MX5 Speedster concept cars.

While staying true to the practical rationale behind the previous generation’s retractable hardtop version, the MX5 RF’s fastback styling gives it a unique look, roof open or shut. Even when open, occupants have the protection of the windowed rear roof section, which remains in place behind the seats after the top segments stow away. By offering customers more choice, the MX5 RF further amplifies the appeal of the world’s favourite roadster.

“With the all-new Mazda MX5 RF, we freed ourselves from traditional ways of thinking and took on fresh challenges to create something new,” commented MX5 Programme Manager Nobuhiro Yamamoto. “Our aim was a convertible sports car with gorgeous fastback lines when the roof is closed and an exhilarating feeling when open.”

Roof aside, the MX5 RF shares for the most part the KODO design of the soft-top convertible version, with the same length, width and wheelbase. The hardtop, which brings a 5mm increase in height, is one of the fastest available, opening or closing at the touch of a button even when the car is moving at up to 10km/h.

The MX5 RF also retains the soft-top model’s trademark agility and curve-hugging balance. Specially tuned suspension and steering deliver a more refined ride, while a sound-absorbing headliner in the roof panels and special insulation to counter rear wheel noise further enhance cabin comfort, significantly reducing noise levels with the top closed.

The 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed takes place on 23-26 June at the Goodwood estate, which is located near Chichester, England, some 100km southwest of London. Click on the logo for ticket information.



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ND Sport Recaro LE

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Mazda has added a new limited edition MX5 to its model line-up. Called the Sport Recaro, it tops the current MX5 range and mixes the technical setup of an MX5 Sport Nav with a higher-specced interior and bespoke body trim.

Top of the list of new additions is a sports aero kit. This comprises a new rear spoiler, front and rear lips and side skirts – all painted in black. The door mirrors are also finished in piano black, and two-tone 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels have an engraved MX5 logo. The limited edition model is also available in just two exterior colours – Soul Red Metallic or Ceramic Metallic.

Recaro Dash

Inside, heated Recaro seats are clad in Alcantara, as are sections of the dashboard. Alloy pedals, bespoke floor mats and contrasting red stitching complete the Sport Recaro’s bespoke cabin.

Recaro Seats

The Sport Recaro builds on the specs list of the Sport Nav on which it is based, and so comes with a long list of features: LED headlights, a leather steering wheel, climate-control, a DAB radio with Bluetooth connectivity, sat-nav, rain sensing wipers, keyless enty, a top-spec Bose sound-system, cruise control and Mazda’s MZD-Connect infotainment system are all included.

Recaro Rear

The drivetrain, however, is completely unchanged from the Sport Nav, meaning it’s powered by Mazda’s 2-litre SkyActiv-G engine that produces 158bhp and 147lb ft of torque. The car is capable of accelerating from 0 to 62mph in 7.3 seconds, and its also sharper than the base model thanks to Bilstein dampers. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels through a limited slip diff and a strut tower bar is fitted as standard – just like the Sport Nav.

The price for all this? £24,295, which is exactly £1000 more than the 2-litre Sport Nav. And production numbers for the Sport Recaro are limited to just 600 units. To see the Sport Recaro brochure, click on the logo below:

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A Million MX5s!

Million MX5

Production of the Mazda MX5 reached one million units on 22 April, 27 years after the company began manufacturing the iconic roadster in April 1989.

“From the first generation through to today’s fourth-generation model, the reason we have been able to continue selling the MX5 all these years is due to the strong support of fans around the world,” said Mazda Motor Corporation Representative Director, President and CEO Masamichi Kogai. “Mazda was founded in Hiroshima 96 years ago, and as we move toward our centennial year we will continue offering customers the joy of driving with this model, which has become a symbol of our brand. Mazda aims to create a special bond with customers and become a ‘one-and-only’ brand they will choose again and again.”

To express thanks to MX5 fans and owners, the one-millionth MX5 will appear at fan events around the world starting on 3 May in Japan at the Hiroshima Flower Festival, where the car will participate in the Flower Parade. The landmark vehicle will be displayed on 26 June at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK, from where it continues on the European leg of its tour.

Old and NewThe Old and the New

Since its debut in 1989, the MX5 has consistently delivered driving fun as can only be experienced in a lightweight sports car, winning the admiration of people from diverse countries, cultures and age groups. The MX5 is also highly acclaimed, with around 250 awards to its name from around the globe. The fourth-generation model released last year has won a string of prizes, including 2016 World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year 2016, 2016 UK Car of the Year and 2015-2016 Car of the Year Japan.The MX5 has held the Guinness World Record for the best selling two-seater sports car since 2000.

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