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Old 04-12-2018, 05:58 PM   #426
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a Canadian review of the MX5 RF


lots of good observations, including a debate about the driver blind spot
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Old 04-13-2018, 06:48 AM   #427
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I miss the removable hardtop.
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Old 04-13-2018, 09:49 AM   #428
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I miss the removable hardtop.
It still exists in OEM form but it's kind of fugly since it was made to fit around the cage on MX-5 Cup cars.

There are a couple of aftermarket options but haven't seen anything people are super happy with yet.

Fiat is coming out with a removable hardtop for the 124 which should bolt right up to the Miata, but it's for a special edition run of cars so who knows if they'll be available for purchase (and at how many thousands of dollars).
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Old 04-13-2018, 10:50 AM   #429
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It still exists in OEM form but it's kind of fugly since it was made to fit around the cage on MX-5 Cup cars.

There are a couple of aftermarket options but haven't seen anything people are super happy with yet.

Fiat is coming out with a removable hardtop for the 124 which should bolt right up to the Miata, but it's for a special edition run of cars so who knows if they'll be available for purchase (and at how many thousands of dollars).
I'd have to see it in person before judging appearance; also Mazda is asking $4,400 (as an option to the cup cars, not for retail) so maybe aftermarket is a better solution - I like the idea of it clearing a cage though; not that I'd want to track a brand new car (unless it was purpose bought), but thinking ahead... I miss tossing tiny light weight cars around and punishing tires.
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Old 04-13-2018, 12:55 PM   #430
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unless you are competing and need a rollcage, the RF weight penalty is worth the compromise. It retains 50/50 weight and the up/down top operation gets some attention.

But don't take my word for it. Go put a few miles on a local one. It's like playing with a puppy.
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Old 04-14-2018, 08:57 AM   #431
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I've been wanting to test drive one of these for a while now. Very hesitant because I know I'd want to take it home haha.
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Old 04-16-2018, 04:04 AM   #432
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I've been wanting to test drive one of these for a while now. Very hesitant because I know I'd want to take it home haha.
That happened to me as well. Went to the dealer to test a CX-3, came away with a MX-5
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Old 04-16-2018, 09:19 AM   #433
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That happened to me as well. Went to the dealer to test a CX-3, came away with a MX-5
Great call! The CX-3 seems to have just as much passenger space anyways
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Old 04-18-2018, 03:45 AM   #434
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Great call! The CX-3 seems to have just as much passenger space anyways
Yeah, when we need space, we just use girlfriend's extra-roomy Audi A1.

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Old 06-10-2018, 09:12 AM   #435
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So tempted to trade in my 17" BRZ for the 2019 ND...
https://car.watch.impress.co.jp/docs...n/1126170.html

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To quantify the changes I pulled out of the article:

Rear upper lateral link bushing changes
ST color changes
Wheel color changes
A/T cars get a possible start/stop system and pedestrian detection
30mm telescoping steering wheel
Engine power increased (200 Nm to 205 Nm, 158 PS to 184 PS)
Engine RPM increase (6,800 to 7,500 RPM redline)
Valve timing changes
Valve springs made stiffer
New lighter weight pistons
New lighter weight connecting rods
Updated crankshaft counterweight design
Throttle valve air passage increased by 28%
Intake port area expanded by 18%
Larger exhaust valves
Larger exhaust manifold
Potential changes to fuel pump and fuel injectors
Dual mass flywheel (DMF)
Exhaust muffler / sound box changes to reduce high frequencies / muffled sound
US market backup camera and backup sensors
The 1.5L will adopt some of the engine changes of the 2.0L


Apologies if I missed anything from that article.
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Old 06-10-2018, 11:21 AM   #436
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That is indeed tempting... Thats the most power a stock Miata has ever had right?
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Old 06-10-2018, 01:29 PM   #437
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That is indeed tempting... Thats the most power a stock Miata has ever had right?
Yep. The 2004-2005 Mazdaspeed Miata had 178, but was ~200-300 lbs heavier than the current softtop, depending on trim.
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Old 06-11-2018, 09:18 AM   #438
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oooh Mazda starting to take things seriously
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Old 06-11-2018, 12:29 PM   #439
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tempting to upgrade, but I will probably go Jeep Wrangler next.
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Old 06-11-2018, 01:19 PM   #440
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Old 06-11-2018, 01:23 PM   #441
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Is it the 90's again? a Japanese manufacturer made a decent roadster, and is now giving it the gram treatment to make to better. It's going to scratch that "winder" itch for a lot of people.

I like it.
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Old 06-11-2018, 01:34 PM   #442
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If those numbers make it to the US, I'll need to reconsider buying an old MSM.

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It still exists in OEM form but it's kind of fugly since it was made to fit around the cage on MX-5 Cup cars.
The OEM hard top is for race teams only.. the dealerships won't sell them. They aren't water tight, don't have a liner, and you can't open the trunk with them installed.

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unless you are competing and need a rollcage, the RF weight penalty is worth the compromise. It retains 50/50 weight and the up/down top operation gets some attention.

But don't take my word for it. Go put a few miles on a local one. It's like playing with a puppy.
Did you try the soft top? The reason I hated the old PRHT model was the mandatory wait at every stop or sign of rain to put the top up and down. The ability to raise and lower the top while creeping along under 6mph in the RF is a huge improvement.. but the soft top can be raised and lowered with one arm in just a few seconds while travelling at surface street speeds. With the PNW's occasional heavy drizzles punctuating the sunshine this time of year, I can imagine it's a bit of a pain to slow to a crawl in traffic and have to wait 13s for the top to close.
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Old 06-12-2018, 02:17 PM   #443
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you can even get mod that lets you operate the top while driving faster than 6mph. Mazda set that limit because thats the speed where hair starts to blow around and you don't want your wife's long hair to get into the mechanism.

So far, the top up/down emergencies have been rare because hard rain is pretty rare here. Just keep speed at 40+ and the water blows right over you. The soft top is definitely more convenient for the quick operation but the extra quiet you get in the RF pays dividends on long, highway drives.
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Old 06-12-2018, 06:16 PM   #444
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Time to get serious about looking into getting an RF.
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