Mazda has finally introduced the MX-5 RF retractable fastback at the 2016 New York Auto Show. This latest iteration of the MX-5 remains fully able in providing a dynamic and enjoyable open-top driving experience.
However, Mazda is offering this experience on a new dimension that is accessible to a wider range of drivers. The new Mazda MX-5 RF is powered by either the SKYACTIV-G 1.5 or SKYACTIV-G 2.0 petrol engines. Power is transmitted to the wheels either through a quick-shifting six-speed SKYACTIV-MT transmission and an MX-5 RF- exclusive six-speed automatic gearbox.
This new Mazda MX-5 RF comes knocking with a fastback styling featuring a smooth roofline sloping down to the rear. Moreover, its distinct rear roof and retractable back window allow it to offer a unique convertible feeling. Interestingly, a driver could easily deploy or employ the power roof with just a push of a button even while the MX-5 RF is moving at speeds of up to 10km/h.
Amazingly enough, the retractable roof can be stowed compactly and efficiently while still allowing the MX-5 RF to offer the same boot space as its soft-top sibling. Customers could choose from a variety of available exterior colors to wrap their MX-5 RF with.
One of these colors is Machine Grey, a new premium color mixed to accentuate the delicate yet dynamic surfaces of the brand’s KODO – Soul of Motion exteriors. Machine Grey -- developed on the conviction that color is one of the elements of form – exudes the beauty of a machine’s strength and precision.
This color provides an impression that the body of the MX-5 RF was sculpted from a solid block of steel, thanks to the strong contrast between light and shadow with an elegant high-density finish. In applying exterior paint on the MX-5 RF, Mazda employs an evolution of its Takuminuri painting technology that was originally conceived for Mazda’s first premium color, Soul Red.
This Takuminuri painting technology allows Mazda to achieve a high-quality finish that seems like the MX-5 RF was hand-painted by a master craftsman. To achieve that, Takuminuri employs a three-coat paint structure: color, reflective and clear coats. The reflective coat -- containing very thin yet very glossy aluminum flakes -- shrinks during the drying process to around a quarter the thickness of other reflective layers, thereby causing the flakes to lie flat with regular spacing between each flake.
This results to a high-density finish, which in turn lends the entire surface a genuine metallic look and a high sheen when illuminated. On the other hand, Mazda used jet black pigment on both the reflective and color layers.
This pigment is obvious on the spaces between the aluminum flakes – lending them a black hue while increasing the contrast. Mazda will also make Machine Grey available on a number of its models, including the new Mazda CX-9 that will arrive in North America this spring. The 2016 New York Auto Show is open from March 25 to April 3.