There are a number of things many people are grateful for this Thanksgiving. For car enthusiasts and customers in the U.S., there is another one to add to the list and this is all due to Mazda North American Operations. It should be recalled that there was much excitement with the launch of the 2017 MX-5 Miata RF, the hardtop version of Mazda’s bestseller. Then it was announced that the first unit would be shipped to the U.S. by the first quarter of 2017 or sometime in February.
It has now been revealed that Mazda will be shipping the units two months ahead of schedule. For this latest shipment, 500 units are expected to arrive in the early part of December, with deliveries scheduled for the second week.
The reason for this is that there was a production shift at its Japan facility resulting in the first batch of units ready to be shipped to the U.S. The brand had initially released 1,000 units of what it dubbed as the MX-5 RF Launch Edition back in October. Mainly based on the MX-5 RF’s Grand Touring Trim, the Launch Editions were finished in the exclusive Machine Gray. In addition, this was the only version of the MX-5 in the U.S. market through would have a top that has been hand-painted in black and Auburn Nappa leather inside.
Those familiar know that the RF in the name stands for “Retractable Flashback” and was founded on the KODO design. This referred to the fact that the top is electrically-operated and can be opened or closed within 13 seconds. Many have said that the RF version is the best complement to the MX-5 roadster, a World Car of the Year awardee. This is because it meets the needs of an open-air experience expected from a soft top model but it comes with a design similar to a coupe and have premium accessories.
Powering the MX-5 RF is the SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine with the power generated sent to the rear wheels either through the automatic 6-speed transmission or the manual 6-speed SKYACTIV-MT one.
Talking about the MX-5 RF was Mazda North America CEO and President Masahiro Moro who revealed that as a company, Mazda has always been about more than just selling cars. Moro added that the brand also has the goal of creating relationships with fans and customers that last a lifetime. This can be made possible by offering them an ownership experience that no other company could offer, he continued.
Moro was at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, held last week, to award Dave Putter the keys to his very own MX-5 RF Launch Edition. Putter is on record as the first customer in the U.S. to receive this model. This will be Putter’s 8th MX-5 Miata and 16th Mazda model overall.
In addition to the Grand Touring trim, the MX-5 RF is also offered in a Club trim. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price is set at $31,555.