Mazda MX-5 RF Makes Debut At New York Auto Show
|   Monday, April 11, 2016
Mazda unveiled the new Mazda MX-5 RF ("retractable fastback") at the Auto Show in New York. Like the soft top model, the new version will be available in Europe with two petrol engines.

The latest version of the legendary sports car offers a new dimension to the pleasure of driving a convertible version, but at the same time remains faithful to the motto of the previous Mazda MX-5 hardtop generation: to make the roadster experience accessible to a wider range of drivers.

In this regard, Mazda came out of conventional thinking to create something entirely new.
MX-5 RF presents a sleek ceiling, fastback style, which descends toward the back and has a unique rear roof and retractable windows that give a new feeling, distinctive of this convertible model.

The second generation MX-5 Drophead has a clever roof folding mechanism. While for the MX-5 roadster it is necessary that the ceiling lowered manually, the new ceiling of the MX-5 is folded just by pressing a single button. It folds in 12 seconds and the car manages to do this at speeds up to 10 km / hour.
The new roof, with the folding mechanism, adds 40 kilos to the new car, but we are convinced that this will not bother anyone.

Mazda also points out that the trunk volume remains the same as that of the roadster even with the retracted hardtop.
The Mazda MX-5 RF takes on SKYACTIV-G 1.5 (131 hp) and SKYACTIV-G 2.0 (160 hp) engines from the roadster version, but offers in addition to a manual transmission with six gears the alternative of an automatic gearbox with six steps too.

Another strong point of the RF MX-5 model is the palette of available colors. This includes Grey Machine, a new color specifically designed to accentuate the subtle exterior lines and the dynamics of Mazda's KODO design language - soul movement. Developed from the idea that the hue is one of the main elements of a form, Grey Machine is expressing the beauty of power and precision. The color increases contrast between light and shade with a soft touch, and gives the impression that the car is carved from a solid block of steel.

Applying the paint is crucial. Mazda has progressed with the Takuminuri painting technology, originally created for the Red Soul, the first premium Mazda color, and now has achieved a precise high quality result that looks as if it was a painting of a master hand.
The system uses a three-layer structure: color, reflective layer and clear.

The reflective layer, which contains very bright and small particles of aluminum, is reduced during the drying process to approximately a quarter of the thickness of most reflective layers. This causes the particles to be stacked neatly, but densely, which gives the whole area a feeling of gleam when lit and an original metallic look. A black pigment is used in both the reflective layer and in the color. It is sufficiently visible through the spaces between aluminum particles giving a dark tint and thus further increasing the contrast.

Grey Machine will also be available on several other Mazda models.
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