• Aug 23rd 2006 at 9:32AM
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The new retractable hardtop Miata has officially launched in Japan and is available through dealers nationwide beginning today.

We brought you details on the car in July when it made its debut at the British International Motor Show, so we'll just quickly recap the highlights here. The folding hardtop opens and closes in just 12 seconds and adds a little over 81 pounds to the car's overall weight. When opened, the roof splits into three pieces and is stows behind the seats. This ingenious system results in no loss of trunkspace over the ragtop version of the car.

Powertrain selections are the same as the ones offered on the original softtop model. Mazda's 2.0L DOHC 4-cylinder can be mated with a 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual, or 6-speed "Activematic" automatic transmission. Maximum output is 170 horsepower with the manual transmissions, and drops to 166 with the auto.

The most confusing aspect about the car is it's name, which differs depending on what market it's in. The official names are:
  • JAPAN: Mazda Roadster Power Retractable Hard Top
  • EUROPE: Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe
  • NORTH AMERICA: Mazda MX-5 (Miata) Power Retractable Hard Top
For what it's worth, we'd have just called it the "MX-5 Roadster Coupe" across the board. Out of the three, that one's the catchiest by far. But hey, what do we know?

(Press release after the jump)

[Source: Mazda]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 9 Years Ago
      BTW - the Mazda website has a nice video of the how the top operates without cutting into trunk space.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Nissan has not small convertible roadster, so just what is you contend the MX-5 is "behind"? A Nissan Quest?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Will they come out with this car in NA for crying out loud? I went into a Mazda dealer trying to get some pricing and availability information and all I got was them bugging me about buying a Mazdaspeed 6 (no thanks looks too run of the mill) or buying the current softtop. I almost went to blows with the sales manager about waiting a few months for the hard top.
      • 9 Years Ago
      well here is the car that iam buying my fiance in red color now ... there goes 24k.
      • 9 Years Ago
      None of the new Mazdas are about HP. They are about handling, balance and steering precision.
      • 9 Years Ago
      So what does Nissan's new engine have to do with this? Does Nissan have a powered retractable hard top convertible?

      The Miata has never been about high horsepower or super fast straight line performance. However, Mazda has some powerful engines too and one of them may find its way into the next Mazdaspeed MX-5, but for now the new MX-5 seems to be doing fine with what it has.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Roadster: an automobile with an open body that seats two and has a folding fabric top and often a luggage compartment or rumble seat in the rear

      Coupe: A closed two-door automobile

      so it would seem that the N.A. and Japanese designations are more applicable

      Roadster-Coupe is an oxymoron
      • 9 Years Ago
      This is old news. They introduced this back in June of '06.


      • 9 Years Ago
      1. 4-cylinder still?? Nissan just introduced a new 6-cylinder engine with so much more horsepower and torque. Mazda's so behind...

      The Miata is way more than just a car. It is a concept of lightness, agility, dependability and efficiency. It might even qualify as a bit "green."

      Ford introduced a 4-seater sporty concept in 1964 with the original Mustang. They immediately started putting bigger engines in the Mustang which resulted in more weight and then bigger bodies. The thing lost its definition and almost went out of existence.

      Kudos to Mazda for understanding what they have. Kudos to Mazda for inventing the AFFORDABLE open-air hardtop!
      • 9 Years Ago
      The PRHT will be on sale in the U.S. late next month. It has a starting MSRP of $24,350 plus destination ($560). That is for the Sport model (5-spd manual, 16" wheels, power windows/locks/mirrors, cruise, AC, AM/FM/CD). There will also be Touring (6-spd manual, 17" wheels) and Grand Touring (leather, Bose) models. Note that Sport and Touring trims have swapped from 2006. The dealers have had pricing and option specs for some time now.
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