New 2023 Mazda Mx-5 Miata RF Review, Specs, Price

New 2023 Mazda Mx-5 Miata RF Review, Specs, Price – The New 2023 Mazda Mx-5 Miata RF Convertible Sports Car is not the best-selling convertible sports car globally. Its fourth generation keeps the same formula that made it successful: Two seats and a small footprint rear-wheel drive a naturally aspirated engine with just the right amount of power and a balance of 50/50 weight. The MX-5 is often regarded as the ultimate driver’s car. It lacks a hardtop coupe version, so the MX-5RF is a new model with a retractable hardtop and a soft cloth top. The RF is as close to the regular roadster to the 911 Cabriolet as the Porsche 911 Targa.

Both are two sides of one coin. The RF adds refinement and noise insulation to an already outstanding package. The MX-5 Miata doesn’t seem to be a very sophisticated car. The Mazda 2.0-liter Skyactiv engine, which produces 181 horsepower, and 151 lb-ft of torque in its current form, has been modified and lighter. These aren’t huge numbers. The MX-5 shouldn’t be defined solely by numbers. It’s all about the driving experience. We’re reviewing the 2021 model, which is essentially unchanged, to see how it stands after six years of being on the market. This is especially important when competitors like the Subaru BRZ or Toyota 86 are about launch new versions.

New 2023 Mazda Mx-5 Miata RF Redesign

Exterior Design

First, you’ll notice how small the New 2023 Mazda Mx-5 Miata RF looks. It looks almost comical in a parking lot. However, it is not a criticism. The upside to its small footprint is the low curb weight. Next, we review the RF variant (Retractable fastback), which adds dimension to the styling. It features a Targa-like Tin roof that retracts, giving buyers the hardtop Mazda Miata they have always wanted. It’s a sporty coupe with the top-up. It’s a classic Miata convertible with flying buttresses. Roof down.

New 2023 Mazda Mx-5 Miata RF Exterior

New 2023 Mazda Mx-5 Miata RF Exterior

You can only operate the shelter at six mph. Once you realize that you can do it in slow-moving traffic, the MiataRF will start screaming at you. All RF models include LED headlights, taillights, and daytime running lights. Both models also come standard with alloy wheels of 17 inches. For added convenience, the Grand Touring has automatic headlights as well as an adaptive front lighting system. The Club comes in a sportier variant with black front and rear air dams and a spoiler.

Interior Design

The interiors of the 2023 Mazda Mx-5 Miata RF are beautiful and well-built. The Miata’s layout features minimal minimalism at its finest, with just three rotary dials. An iPad-like screen is attached to the top of each dash. Mazda doesn’t want distractions from the driving experience. The instrument cluster is analog, with a large tachometer proudly positioned in the middle.

The hard top provides better sound insulation than the soft top. However, there are some compromises, such as less practicality. We’ll discuss these in a moment. Space is the only problem. Six-footers will have a hard time getting comfortable. If you are taller than six feet, you will be looking directly at the windscreen. The soft-top cabin has the same problem, but the cabin is smaller.

New 2023 Mazda Mx-5 Miata RF Interior

New 2023 Mazda Mx-5 Miata RF Interior

Two supportive, comfortable seats are included in the MX-5RF. The MX-5 fits most people like a glove. However, taller people might want to try it. In this instance, the test driver was six-foot-one. He was just one hair away from rubbing the roof. Taller people may need to adjust their body proportions to ensure comfortable and not letting the top down. The passenger is comfortable once seated.

The driver gets an excellent old-fashioned feeling and a clear view of what’s ahead. Although rear visibility is limited when the roof is up, the MX-5 can be driven with the top down most of the time. The RF’s buttresses mean that visibility is still limited even with the roof down. It does nothing more than removing the roof panel above your head.

New 2023 Mazda Mx-5 Miata RF Engine

The New 2023 Mazda Mx-5 Miata RF features a 2.0-liter four-pot engine with 181 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque. These figures don’t matter. More critical is the power-to-weight ratio. The standard manual Miata has 0.07 horsepower for every pound of weight. This is about hot hatch territory. It doesn’t matter, as we mentioned earlier. A turbocharger would have made the engine faster, but it would have ruined the natural-aspirated engine’s joys.

New 2023 Mazda Mx-5 Miata RF Engine

New 2023 Mazda Mx-5 Miata RF Engine

Although the Miata’s 2.0-liter four-pot is very powerful, it is ideally suited for this application. Maximum power is delivered at 7,000 RPM, so you must constantly chase the red line for maximum thrills. Although it’s addictive, you can only use it in a six-speed manual. It is cumbersome and should not be used in this car. We are so upset about the Miata’s auto transmission. We would physically protest its existence at a dealer. Some CarBuzz employees may have already done it.

New 2023 Mazda Mx-5 Miata RF Release Date And Price

The New 2023 Mazda Mx-5 Miata RF Club is priced at $33,045. While the Grand Touring’s MSRP is $34,525, the Mx-5 Miata RF Club retails for $33,045. These prices do not include the $995 destination fee. Standard is a six-speed manual transmission. However, an automatic transmission can be added to the Club for $600 or $525 for Grand Touring.