Monday, December 14, 2009
Mazda MX-5 Roadster-Coupe
This has to be a first: a roadster available with soft top and retractable hardtop versions. Only a year after Mazda presented its third generation MX-5 / Miata, it decided to debut yet another version of its popular roadster with an electronically folding two piece hardtop.
The MX-5 Roadster-Coupe as it is called will be previewed at the British International Motor Show in London (18– 30 July) with sales beginning in Europe towards the end of the year. Mazda MX-5 with a power retractable hard top roof will be known by different names around the world:
Europe: Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe
Japan: Mazda Roadster Power Retractable Hard Top
North America: Mazda MX-5 (Miata) Power Retractable Hard Top
Unlike other Coupe-Cabrios, the MX-5’s two piece roof doesn’t stow away in the compartment area but instead it folds –just like its soft top sibling- behind the seats, thus allowing the boot to remain intact (150 litres). Mazda’s new MX-5 Roadster-Coupe will be available with two engines, 1.8 and 2.0 litres.