Mazda MX-5 RF – Specification

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Mazda MX-5 RF
Mazda MX-5 RF

Mazda MX-5 RF – Driving

Mazda MX-5 RF performance

Just like the Convertible model, the Mazda MX-5 RF comes with two petrol engines: a 1.5-litre with 129bhp and a 2.0-litre with 158bhp. Being a relatively light car even the 1.5-litre version feels brisk, if not exactly outright fast, and revving its engine to the high 7000rpm limiter to access its pace is all part of the fun.

The 2.0-litre also needs to be revved, but in doing so you instantly get pressed back harder in your seat by its extra grunt, yet it’s still not ridiculous enough to leave you fearing for your licence.

Both engines come as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, but unlike the Convertible model, you do get the option of a six-speed auto ‘box, although we’re yet to try it out.

Mazda MX-5 RF ride comfort

The MX-5 RF is softly sprung, and as a result offers a ride that is quite un-sports-car like. It’ll soak up speed bumps and stays pretty settled even over awkward cambers in the road.

In fact, pretty much whatever the road can throw at it, from large potholes to rippled sections of motorway, the RF generally manages to filter it out. Even with larger wheels fitted – normally the death knell of a good ride – it remains comfortable.

The 2.0 Sport Nav model has firmer sport suspension and Bilstein dampers that transfer a little more impact from rougher surfaces, but it’s still bearable.

Mazda MX-5 RF
Mazda MX-5 RF

Mazda MX-5 RF handling

The RF’s solid roof sections make it 45kg heavier than the soft-top Convertible; you’d never know though, because it’s just as light on its toes, if not a touch better in the bends. It offers the same rear-wheel-drive set-up that gives all MX-5s their nimbleness and ability to change direction quickly, helped in part by the well-weighted and accurate steering.

The MX-5 RF also serves up plenty of grip, so you don’t feel afraid to use all its performance on the road. Compared with most similarly priced front-wheel drive hot hatches, the MX-5 RF is a much more involving, playful-feeling car.

The only quibble we have is the soft suspension that gives the MX-5 its comfortable ride also produces quite pronounced body lean through corners. Yet the RF version has slightly stiffer suspension than the Convertible model – to help counteract the roof’s extra weight – that translates in to a fraction less lean and slightly better control.

Sport models receive a stiffer suspension that keeps roll under much tighter control and also makes the MX-5 feel keener to turn in to a corner. On all 2.0-litre models you get better traction out of corners, too, thanks to a standard limited slip differential.

Mazda MX-5 RF refinement

Okay, this might sound a little befuddling, but bear with us: with its hard-top roof and extra sound proofing the Mazda MX-5 RF is quieter than its soft-top sibling, which was the whole point of its existence, but we still wouldn’t recommend you buy one instead of the MX-5 Convertible.

There’s reason to this apparent madness, though. You see the RF is quite a bit pricier than the Convertible, so we would expect it to be a lot quieter with its roof closed at speed. And yes, road noise is vastly improved, but wind noise is still pronounced once you reach about 70mph.

It fails to get better when you open the hard-top as well. Only the roof section and rear window fold away, leaving the ‘fastback’ section in place behind you. Certainly this creates a cocoon that helps shelter you from wind buffeting, but once you hit 60 or 70mph, the wind whistles around the frame and creates more wind noise than you’d get from the Convertible. This is a real disappointment.

The RF does match the Convertible’s slick gear change, though, and the positive clutch and brakes enable you to drive it smoothly. Both engines have a raspy exhaust note which, rather than being an annoyance, merely validates the RF’s sporty credentials.

Mazda MX-5 RF
Mazda MX-5 RF

Mazda MX-5 RF 2.0 Skyactiv-G (160 Hp) Automatic

BrandMazda
ModelMx-5
GenerationMx-5 RF
Modification (Engine)2.0 Skyactiv-G (160 Hp) AutomaticEdit data of this car
Doors2Edit data of this car
Power160 hp/6000 rpm.Edit data of this car
Maximum speed194 km/hEdit data of this car
Acceleration 0 – 100 km/h8.5 secEdit data of this car
Fuel tank volume45 lEdit data of this car
Year of putting into production2016 yearEdit data of this car
Coupe typeTargaEdit data of this car
Seats2Edit data of this car
Length3915 mm.Edit data of this car
Width1735 mm.Edit data of this car
Height1236 mm.Edit data of this car
Wheelbase2310 mm.Edit data of this car
Front track1495 mm.Edit data of this car
Rear (Back) track1505 mm.Edit data of this car
Ride height135 mm.Edit data of this car
Minimum volume of Luggage (trunk)127 lEdit data of this car
Position of engineFront, longitudinalEdit data of this car
Engine displacement1998 cm3Edit data of this car
Torque200 Nm/4600 rpm.Edit data of this car
Fuel SystemDirect injectionEdit data of this car
ValvetrainDOHCEdit data of this car
Position of cylindersInlineEdit data of this car
Number of cylinders4Edit data of this car
Cylinder Bore83.5 mm.Edit data of this car
Piston Stroke91.2 mm.Edit data of this car
Compression ratio13Edit data of this car
Number of valves per cylinder4Edit data of this car
Fuel TypePetrol (Gasoline)Edit data of this car
Drive wheelRear wheel driveEdit data of this car
Number of Gears (automatic transmission)6Edit data of this car
Front brakesVentilated discsEdit data of this car
Rear brakesVentilated discsEdit data of this car
ABSyesEdit data of this car
Steering typeSteering rackEdit data of this car
Power steeringElectric SteeringEdit data of this car
Minimum turning circle (turning diameter)9.4 mEdit data of this car
Fuel consumption (economy) – urban8.4 l/100 km.Edit data of this car
Fuel consumption (economy) – extra urban5.3 l/100 km.Edit data of this car
Fuel consumption (economy) – combined6.4 l/100 km.Edit data of this car
Emission standardEURO VIEdit data of this car
CO2 emissions149 g/kmEdit data of this car
Kerb Weight1075-1116 kg.Edit data of this car
Max. weight1320 kg.Edit data of this car
Tire size205/45 R17Edit data of this car
Wheel rims sizeR17

Mazda MX-5 RF 2.0 Skyactiv-G (160 Hp) Automatic

BrandMazda
ModelMx-5
GenerationMx-5 RF
Modification (Engine)2.0 Skyactiv-G (160 Hp)Edit data of this car
Doors2Edit data of this car
Power160 hp/6000 rpm.Edit data of this car
Maximum speed215 km/hEdit data of this car
Acceleration 0 – 100 km/h7.5 secEdit data of this car
Fuel tank volume45 lEdit data of this car
Year of putting into production2016 yearEdit data of this car
Coupe typeTargaEdit data of this car
Seats2Edit data of this car
Length3915 mm.Edit data of this car
Width1735 mm.Edit data of this car
Height1236 mm.Edit data of this car
Wheelbase2310 mm.Edit data of this car
Front track1495 mm.Edit data of this car
Rear (Back) track1505 mm.Edit data of this car
Ride height135 mm.Edit data of this car
Minimum volume of Luggage (trunk)127 lEdit data of this car
Position of engineFront, longitudinalEdit data of this car
Engine displacement1998 cm3Edit data of this car
Torque200 Nm/4600 rpm.Edit data of this car
Fuel SystemDirect injectionEdit data of this car
ValvetrainDOHCEdit data of this car
Position of cylindersInlineEdit data of this car
Number of cylinders4Edit data of this car
Cylinder Bore83.5 mm.Edit data of this car
Piston Stroke91.2 mm.Edit data of this car
Compression ratio13Edit data of this car
Number of valves per cylinder4Edit data of this car
Fuel TypePetrol (Gasoline)Edit data of this car
Drive wheelRear wheel driveEdit data of this car
Number of Gears (manual transmission)6Edit data of this car
Front brakesVentilated discsEdit data of this car
Rear brakesVentilated discsEdit data of this car
ABSyesEdit data of this car
Steering typeSteering rackEdit data of this car
Power steeringElectric SteeringEdit data of this car
Minimum turning circle (turning diameter)9.4 mEdit data of this car
Fuel consumption (economy) – urban8.7-9.4 l/100 km.Edit data of this car
Fuel consumption (economy) – extra urban5.4-5.5 l/100 km.Edit data of this car
Fuel consumption (economy) – combined6.6-6.9 l/100 km.Edit data of this car
Emission standardEURO VIEdit data of this car
CO2 emissions154-161 g/kmEdit data of this car
Kerb Weight1045-1092 kg.Edit data of this car
Max. weight1295-1305 kg.Edit data of this car
Tire size205/45 R17Edit data of this car
Wheel rims sizeR17

Mazda MX-5 RF 1.5 Skyactiv-G (131 Hp)

BrandMazda
ModelMx-5
GenerationMx-5 RF
Modification (Engine)1.5 Skyactiv-G (131 Hp)Edit data of this car
Doors2Edit data of this car
Power131 hp/7000 rpm.Edit data of this car
Maximum speed203 km/hEdit data of this car
Acceleration 0 – 100 km/h8.6 secEdit data of this car
Fuel tank volume45 lEdit data of this car
Year of putting into production2017 yearEdit data of this car
Coupe typeTargaEdit data of this car
Seats2Edit data of this car
Length3915 mm.Edit data of this car
Width1735 mm.Edit data of this car
Width including mirrors1918 mm.Edit data of this car
Height1230 mm.Edit data of this car
Wheelbase2310 mm.Edit data of this car
Front track1495 mm.Edit data of this car
Rear (Back) track1505 mm.Edit data of this car
Ride height141 mm.Edit data of this car
Front overhang760 mm.Edit data of this car
Rear overhang845 mm.Edit data of this car
Minimum volume of Luggage (trunk)127 lEdit data of this car
Position of engineFront, longitudinalEdit data of this car
Engine displacement1496 cm3Edit data of this car
Torque150 Nm/4800 rpm.Edit data of this car
Fuel SystemDirect injectionEdit data of this car
ValvetrainDOHCEdit data of this car
Position of cylindersInlineEdit data of this car
Number of cylinders4Edit data of this car
Cylinder Bore74.5 mm.Edit data of this car
Piston Stroke85.8 mm.Edit data of this car
Compression ratio13Edit data of this car
Number of valves per cylinder4Edit data of this car
Engine oil capacity4.1 lEdit data of this car
Fuel TypePetrol (Gasoline)Edit data of this car
Drive wheelRear wheel driveEdit data of this car
Number of Gears (manual transmission)6Edit data of this car
Front suspensionDouble wishboneEdit data of this car
Rear suspensionMulti-link independentEdit data of this car
Front brakesVentilated discsEdit data of this car
Rear brakesDiscEdit data of this car
ABSyesEdit data of this car
Steering typeSteering rackEdit data of this car
Power steeringElectric SteeringEdit data of this car
Minimum turning circle (turning diameter)10.04 mEdit data of this car
Fuel consumption (economy) – urban8.1 l/100 km.Edit data of this car
Fuel consumption (economy) – extra urban4.9 l/100 km.Edit data of this car
Fuel consumption (economy) – combined6.1 l/100 km.Edit data of this car
Emission standardEURO VIEdit data of this car
CO2 emissions142 g/kmEdit data of this car
Kerb Weight1015 kg.Edit data of this car
Max. weight1265 kg.Edit data of this car
Tire size195/50 R16Edit data of this car
Wheel rims size6.5J x 16

 

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