Mazda’s fourth generation MX-5 has enjoyed critical acclaim since it debuted globally a year and a half ago at the Paris Motor Show. But the Hiroshima-based company isn’t resting on its laurels and, just like it did with the previous (NC) model, is making a version available with a retractable hardtop, dubbed MX-5 RF.

The name is pretty self explanatory, as the profile images supplied suggest. The RF in the name refers to the MX-5’s electrically retractable fastback. The styling is of course reminiscent of the popular shapes of yesteryear, with a rear pillar that slopes far toward the rear. With the MX-5’s new, retractable rear window and unique roof layout, the occupants go from holed-in to top-down at speeds up to 10 km/h. The MX-5 RF does that, and stows the room in an efficient manner to offer the same boot space as the soft-top version.

The new MX-5 RF will also be made available in a new “premium” colour, which Mazda calls Machine Grey. Along with the company’s signature Soul Red hue, the new paint scheme has been designed to accentuate the beauty of the company’s KODO (soul of motion) design language.

Mazda South Africa can’t confirm if the MX-5 RF will be powered by the SkyActiv G 1,5 or 2,0-engine (which currently does service in the mX-5 in our market).

The MX-5 RF will make its global debut at the New York International Auto Show later this week.