This is Mazda’s idea of a hard-top convertible. Meet the new MX-5 ‘Retractable Fastback’, named in honour of its fancy new roof system.
What you get then, is a fourth-generation MX-5 with a sort of 911 Targa-style top: at the push of a button and at speeds of up to 6 mph, the rear hatch pops up, and the entire roof folds away automatically into the rear.
If you’re concerned about such things, we’re informed the boot space doesn’t suffer as a result, offering up the same space as the soft-top MX-5. But roof up or roof down, you have to admit, this thing looks rather lovely, no?
It gets the same engine line-up as the soft-top too, a choice between the 129 bhp 1.5-litre and 158bhp 2.0-litre petrol engines, matched up to a six-speed manual gearbox or. As an exclusive option for the Fastback, you also get the choice of a six-speed automatic. There’s no word on weight, but we suspect it might have crept up over the standard car’s 1,075kg figure.
Still, there’s a fancy new ‘Machine Grey’ paint, which uses three coats and requires further explanation, but you don’t really care about that. Look at the roof! Reckon this will be the MX-5 to have?