The Mazda Miata MX-5 RF is noisy, but its name has nothing to do with radio frequencies. The letters at the end stand for “Retractable Fastback.”
That doesn’t exactly describe it, either.
The car is not a fastback. It may look like one in profile, but it has flying buttresses, a recessed rear window and a targa top, just like Magnum P.I.’s Ferrari. The roof is power-retractable, however, through a mesmerizing 10-second dance.
Flick a toggle switch and the rear section — comprised of the buttresses connected by a basket handle — rises up to expose the bin where the Miata soft top’s roof normally goes. The roof panel and rear window flip and fold away into it, and the rest falls back into place. What you’re left with is a very different-looking Miata, which was the point.
The last-generation Miata was also available with a retractable hardtop, but it was shaped like a solid…