All-new Mazda MX-5 wins Best Sports Car at the 2017 Cabbuyer Best Car Awards
The all-new retractable fastback version of the iconic MX-5, which now accounts for 62% of the UK’s MX-5 sales, has been named Best Sports Car by leading car review site carbuyer.co.uk.
The RF brings a new flavour to the MX-5 range and a new dimension of open top driving. These changes aren’t at the expense of the underlying principles that made the MX-5 such an iconic roadster over the years. Mazda are well aware that the MX-5 was and is the world’s bestselling two seater sports car for a reason, so the changes are done tastefully to give a stunning fast back silhouette with the roof up or down.
As with the Mazda MX-5 convertible, the RF is offered with both the 1.5-litre 131ps and 2.0-litre 160ps engine. All manual models powered by the 2.0-litre 160ps engine feature a limited slip differential and 17-inch wheels; while Sport Nav manual models feature Bilstein dampers and strut brace to further enhance their dynamic set up. Plus, with the introduction of the £27,295 Sport Nav Auto, the current generation of MX-5 is offered with an automatic gearbox for the first time in the UK.
“With the introduction of the MX-5 RF, Mazda’s sports car has got even better. It retains all that’s great about the gorgeous, agile and entertaining MX-5 soft-top, but in Retractable Fastback guise, it’s quieter and more comfortable. Yet, despite being easier to live with day-to-day than the convertible, it’s lost none of that thrill-a-minute charm that makes every journey an event”, commented Carbuyer Editor, Stuart Milne.
Jeremy Thomson, Managing Director of Mazda Motors UK said, “we’re delighted that Carbuyer has recognised the all-new Mazda MX-5 RF, this is a car that adds a unique and stylish model to our range, one that stands distinct from the MX-5 convertible, yet retains all the award-winning driver appeal our sports car is famed for.”
Adding, “with over 120,000 sales since its launch in 1990, the UK has played a huge part in the MX-5 success story. The last generation of retractable hardtop accounted for a large percentage of MX-5 sales and the all-new RF to continues this trend.”