01 Apr New Mazda MX5 Retractable Fastback Unveiled
Mazda has recently unveiled the successor to the previous NC-generation Mazda MX5 Power Retractable Hard Top.The new hard-top MX-5 Retractable Fastback features a new design that many car enthusiasts will certainly like.
Instead of being a hard-roofed version of the MX-5 soft top, the new Retractable Fastback has a unique silhouette, courtesy of the extended buttresses that stretch around the boot lid, just like in a Ferrari Testarrosa. When the roof is closed, the car has the look of a conventional fastback coupe. When you lower it, the buttresses return to their position and you’ve got yourself a targa-roofed convertible. The glass at the back of the car also retracts when the roof is lowered to give you that “wind in your hair experience” when you’re driving while the top is down.
Experts in automotive repairs and maintenance will also be impressed when they check under the hood of the new MX-5. The car’s suspension and electric power steering have been tuned specifically to give drivers a “different flavour” when they’re behind the wheel. The retractable roof of the MX-5 is said to add a bit of heft to the car’s frame. However, Mazda has yet to explain how exactly it factors into the car’s performance.
Inside the cabin, you’ll see a 4.6-inch colour LCD display. It features an animated display of the roof when the latter is being lowered or raised. Boot space is similar to the one in the soft-top MX-5.
So when can you get your hands on the new MX-5 Retractable Fastback? According to Mazda Australia, the new MX-5 will grace local showrooms early next year. It will be sold with the 118kW/200Nm 2.0 litre Sky Activ motor. However, the car maker has yet to announce a specific launch date for the car, as well as its pricing and specifications.
Meanwhile, the Mazda MX-5 continues to dominate the Australian car market. The fourth-generation MX-5 is smashing all-time Australian sales records with the new ND selling 1,251 units. The biggest year for the MX-5 is 2006, when the NC sold 1,468 units. Over the last few months, the MX-5 has also been touted as the country’s top-selling sports car.
Fans of the Mazda rotary engine are also getting younger. According to figures released by Mazda Australia, 27% of those who buy the fourth-generation MX-5 are 39 years old or younger. About 14% of them are under 29 years old. Experts attributed the increase in the MX-5’s popularity to big price cuts of about $15,000