Compared to the hard top of the previous generation MX-5, which was completely retractable, the new MX-5 features a fixed fastback body style and a limited open configuration – more similar to a targa model than a true roadster.
The power roof opens and closes with the press of a button while moving at speeds of up to 10km/h. Thanks to the folding system, the MX-5 RF offers the same trunk space as the soft-top model.
This features a special paint application – the same Takuminuri painting technology originally created for Soul Red, a premium color with a high-quality finish that looks as if it were hand-painted.
The system uses a three-coat paint structure consisting of color, reflective and clear coats. The reflective layer, which contains extremely thin, high-brightness aluminium flakes, shrinks during the drying process to about one-quarter the thickness of most reflective layers. This causes the flakes to lie flat with regular spacing between each flake for a high-density finish that gives the entire surface a sheen when illuminated and a genuine metallic look. Jet black pigment, meanwhile, is used in both the reflective and color layers.
It is visible through the spaces between the aluminium flakes, giving them a black hue and thus heightening the contrast. Machine Grey will be available on a range of Mazda models, including the all-new Mazda CX-9 slated to go on sale in North America this spring.