Candidate : MAZDA MX-5 RF
AFTER ALMOST 30 YEARS AND MORE THAN 1 MILLION UNITS PRODUCED, MAZDA SERVES UP A FIRST FOR ITS ICONIC ROADSTER: THE MAZDA MX-5 RF.
Mazda’s objective was to make the MX-5’s legendary Jinba Ittai driving fun attractive and accessible to a wider audience, meaning potential customers who might shy away from a soft top or those who aren’t necessarily sports car enthusiasts. The MX-5 RF – RF stands for “retractable fastback” – was the outcome: A beautiful hardtop rendition of the fourth-generation “ND” MX-5. With the power roof closed, it’s a stunning fastback-style coupé. Open it up and the sleek fastback pillars offer a distinct convertible look and feel. Elegant yet practical and flexible, the result is something truly exclusive, with the luxury of all-season comfort, an upmarket interior, a more refined ride and an automatic transmission option – a first in Europe for the current generation MX-5. Yet it retains the ground-hugging form and award-winning lines of its soft-top sibling. In short, the MX-5 RF brings a deeper, higher quality Jinba Ittai experience to the world of MX-5 fun. And with no compromises. It certainly has what it takes to extend interest in the world’s favourite roadster.