Technology
Rigid Chassis

Highly rigid yet lightweight, the all-new SKYACTIV®-Chassis plays a key role in the MX-5’s nimbleness and stability.

 

Design

DROP THE TOP. RAISE YOUR EXPECTATIONS.

Our dedicated team of engineers worked tirelessly to produce a fastback roof that was both beautiful and functional. It had to move quickly and elegantly while complementing the silhouette of this sleek and mysterious roadster. After countless rounds of trial and error, our team developed a truly innovative, power-folding fastback roof that operates seamlessly in about 13 seconds.

Engineering
THE PERFECT FIT

How do you fit a rigid hardtop into a space just big enough for a folding cloth-top? After considering several methods, some as dramatic as splitting the roof into seven parts, our fearless engineers came up with a functional yet beautiful solution. They used the previous generation hardtop structure, but redesigned each linkage to make it as rigid as possible. The result is a mechanism that is both quiet and efficient.

Jimba-Ittai

A TRULY CONNECTED DRIVE

Imagine an archer on horseback, riding toward a target. He inhales and exhales in perfect harmony with his horse’s gait. The horse steadies as the archer pulls back his arrow. Perfect shot. This relationship between horse and rider is called Jinba Ittai. It's a 900-year-old Japanese tradition, but it's more important to us now than ever. We strive to engineer this connection into each and every one of our cars. The RF, being a true driver's car, is certainly no exception.

Design
ARTFULLY DESIGNED TO MOVE YOU

Mazda’s KODO "Soul of Motion" design is more than just a visual language; it's a belief system. Our craftsmen's mantra is simple: if you sculpt with the heart, you'll infuse a soul into everything you create. That's why their every motion has a distinct purpose. No line no edge no contour is sculpted by accident. The goal is to create fluidity between the exterior and interior, manifesting a finished object that conveys motion even at a standstill.

Color

A NEW SIGNATURE PAINT: MACHINE GRAY METALLIC

The new paint makes the Mazda MX-5 look as if it’s machined from a solid piece of steel. It starts with a black primer coat that’s covered with a precisely sprayed layer of aluminum silver paint. The process is highly controlled to ensure the coat’s aluminum paint flakes fall into a pattern parallel with the Mazda3’s body panels. This gives the black and silver hues more luminosity and a liquid reflective quality. Finally, layers of gray-tinted and colorless clear coating are applied to top off our most premium color yet.

Design
METICULOUS MILLIMETERS

When Kouichi Matsumoto and his team set out to build the perfect fastback roof, they knew it wouldn't be easy. Making a complex mechanism perform quietly and elegantly was no simple task. Yet, they were determined to make it work. It took dozens of engineers countless hours to discover the perfect line. One glorious day, an engineer suggested moving part of the mechanism inside by a mere 70 millimeters and eureka! It made all the difference.

Mazda Spirit

A TRULY CONNECTED DRIVE

Imagine an archer on horseback, riding toward a target. He inhales and exhales in perfect harmony with his horse’s gait. The horse steadies as the archer pulls back his arrow. Perfect shot. This relationship between horse and rider is called Jinba Ittai. It’s a 900-year-old Japanese tradition, but it’s more important to us now than ever. We strive to engineer this connection into each and every one of our cars. The RF, being a true driver’s car, is certainly no exception.

Mazda Spirit
THE JOY FROM DRIVING

At Mazda, our single biggest goal is to build cars that bring people joy. Cars that make you feel better when you step out than before you stepped in. We believe people should feel rejuvenated and exhilarated every time they take the wheel. Not just on curvy roads, or barreling down a straightaway, but even commuting or running errands. Every last detail is centered on bringing a smile to the driver.

Mazda Spirit

PURE JOY STARTS BEHIND THE WHEEL

We approach technology, design and safety through the lens of ‘Driving Matters.’ We engineer a responsive drive that makes people feel connected. We design intuitive, driver-centric cabins. And we create safety technology to give them even more confidence behind the wheel. We do it all to make each and every drive that much better. Because Driving Matters. 

Mazda Spirit
BREATHING LIFE INTO DESIGN

Clay modelers are the heart and soul of our design process. They take simple sketches and turn them into living, breathing 3-D models. Every artist puts his passion into everything he creates, therefore infusing a soul into each model. These craftsmen then work hand-in-hand with digital modelers to finesse and enhance each creation. 

Chassis Engineering

SHAPING UP

The aluminum power plant frame has undergone a weight loss of nearly 20 percent from the previous-generation MX-5. That means a more connected, responsive driving experience – every time you get behind the wheel.