The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is not simply a hardtop version of the AUTOMOBILE All-Star-winning roadster. It’s intended to be a slightly more premium option, too, which means Mazda says the Miata RF will offer several pieces of exclusive content you won’t find on any Miata soft-top.
For starters, the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF gets a unique special color TFT display at the left of its instrument cluster. Where the soft-top model has only a simple, low-res black-and-white display for the trip computer, fuel level, and temperature gauge, the RF’s display shows off more information with bright, crisp details.
The available Nappa leather interior of the RF also won’t be offered on the soft-top car, further contributing to the premium feel of the Retractable Fastback. That’s not to say soft-top lovers are left out, as the regular Miata does still offer leather seating on its fully loaded Grand Touring trim level. Another RF exclusive is the fabulous Machine Gray paint color seen here (and the forthcoming CX-9): No matter how hard you beg, that color will remain exclusive to the RF version of Mazda’s roadster.
In addition, Mazda says that the Miata RF will come standard with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert on all trim levels. On the normal roadster, Mazda offers BSM and RCTA as standard on the Grand Touring trim level.
Of course, there are a few other tweaks involved in adding a power-folding roof to the Miata. Mazda tells us that the 2017 Miata RF also gets unique sound-system tuning, extra sound deadening with acoustic glass, and different suspension tuning compared to the soft-top.
There’s still no official pricing or weight information for the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, but we can expect those figures over the coming months. The first deliveries of the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF to the U.S. should happen in early 2017.