The mechanism is even more impressive when you see how it works.
The system first unlatches the roof from the top of the windshield. The mechanism then raises the fastback panel and shifts it rearward. While the piece moves out the way, the top begins the origami-like fold that stows the roof in the vehicle. Everything then moves back into place so that the occupants can enjoy open-air motoring. The process reminds us a little of the way the latest Porsche 911 Targa lifts the rear glass out of the way when hiding the roof.
Production of the Miata RF is already underway, but Canadian deliveries don’t begin until next year. When they do arrive, prices start at $38,800. North America will only get the roadster with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder that has 155 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque, and there’s a choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic across the lineup. On the other side of the Atlantic, there’s also a 1.5-litre four-cylinder available with 129 hp and 111 lb-ft, but customers can only get the mill with the six-speed manual.
You can’t drive the RF yet, but early signs suggest it could be a hit for Mazda. Canada will only get 50 of the RF models, and the company was even offered early ordering to select owners of existing MX-5s. They also have all the Grand Touring trim’s amenities like heated seats and automatic climate control.