The Mazda MX-5 RF Is The Affordable Roadster Porsche Will Never Build

Sports Car

Or Jaguar, for that matter.

We were stunned when Mazda revealed its new 2017 MX-5 Miata RF at New York last March. No one saw it coming and whether it was on display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed or Pebble Beach, people took notice. It held its own, looks wise, amongst some of the most beautiful cars on the planet. And it’s the subject of our latest review after Mazda gave us an exclusive preview at Pebble Beach.

Instead of simply going with the familiar retractable hardtop a la the previous third generation MX-5, Mazda had the guts to try something new. If only all automakers shared that mentality. This fastback hardtop styling immediately reminds us of the Jaguar F-Type Coupe and that, of course, is a very good thing.

You Might Also Like
7 Hatchbacks That Are Better Than Their SUV Counterparts
7 Hatchbacks That Are Better Than Their SUV Counterparts
Remembering Sergio Marchionne With His 10 Greatest Achievements
Remembering Sergio Marchionne With His 10 Greatest Achievements

Aside from the roof, the rest of the MX-5 RF is nearly identical to that of the standard soft top, but there are a couple of upgrades. The price? At the moment, Mazda hasn’t released official figures but we think around $34,000 sounds about right. That’s still a killer bargain, especially given the F-Type Coupe begins at $61,000. And, to be clear, the MX-5 RF is not by any means a real competitor to the F-Type, specifically regarding performance. But like any MX-5, the MX-5 RF is that wonderful back-to-basics and affordable sports car the world so desperately needs.

Is This The Ford Mustang Hybrid Or Something Else Entirely?

Consider us intrigued. You should be too.

Ford Mustang Splits In Half In Illegal Street Race

This is the best example of dumb luck you'll ever see.

The World's Weirdest Wheel Designs

Sometimes the most basic customization tool goes drastically wrong...

Jaguar XE 300 Sport And XE SV Project 8 Create Modern Art

Two vastly different sports sedans that share a common thread.

LEAKED: Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Revealed At Private Event

This is the first pic we have seen of the supercharged range-topper

All-New Revolutionary Mazda3 Teased Ahead Of LA Reveal

Along with its game-changing sparkless ignition engine.

WatchThe Extraordinary Nissan GT-R50 Being Built By Hand

It’s all about bending sheet metal the old-fashioned way.

Here's How Aerodynamics Make The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ So Much Faster

Take a behind the scenes look at this amazing system.

Fake Lamborghini Murcielago SV Reverse-Engineered By Iran

The Chinese couldn’t have done it better.