Production MX-5s had always had folding soft-top roofs but in 2006 Mazda added an alternative. Equipped with a folding hard-top roof, the car was known as the ‘Power Retractable Hard Top’ in Japan but Europe went for the far catchier Roadster Coupe.
The roof mechanism on the MX-5 Roadster Coupe added 36kg to the car’s weight but didn’t reduce boot space. It proved a popular option for MX-5 fans in areas where prevailing weather conditions aren’t always conducive to open-topped motoring and also added an extra security dimension to the car.
The Mazda MX-5 is a modern motoring icon, a two-seater, open-topped sports car with an overriding focus on fun.
Through three generations and 25 years, the MX-5 has wormed its way into the hearts of millions, whether as an inexpensive route to rear-wheel-drive handling purity or as a simple, pretty roadster in the classic vein.
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