The Japanese carmaker Mazda has recently presented a hard-top version of its bestselling MX-5 entry-level sports car equipping it with an easy to operate metal roof.
Called Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe, the new vehicle complements the soft-top model, making the open-top MX-5 even more interesting to customers, living in regions with long and cold winters, where it’s not really convenient to use a car with a roof made of canvas.
I have an impression that with the new version of the car the Japanese brand is targeted at the British market where the MX-5 is especially popular among car enthusiasts looking for an affordable, yet dependable sports vehicle.
The main selling point of the new Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe is, of course, its Power Retractable Hard Top system, created by Mazda’s engineers.
The roof takes exactly 12 seconds to retract (all you need to do, is to manually open the lock and push a button, starting the electric motor) and does not occupy a single liter of the boot space: the three-part metal roof folds into a dedicated chamber behind the seats.
All the rest of the car is pretty much equivalent to the well-known specs of the MX-5 soft-top model, unveiled a year ago in Geneva.
The car will be available with a choice of two engines (a 1.8-liter and a 2.0-liter versions of the same MZR inline-four powerplant rated at 126 bhp and 158 bhp respectively,) that are going to be offered with whole three gearboxes: a 5-speed or a 6-speed manual, as well as a fuel-efficient 6-speed automatic transmission.
Tipping the scales at about 1095 kilograms (some 2410 pounds,) the car is going to be quite fast and agile breaking the 0-100 km/h barrier either in 9.6 seconds or 8.2 seconds (top speed of 200 km/h and 210 km/h) depending on the engine installed.
See also: 2006 Mazda RX-8 PZ by Prodrive