The new Mazda MX-5 RF (Retractable Fastback) will go on sale in Ireland in January 2017, priced from €31,495.

This latest adaptation of Mazda’s lightweight two-seater has a three-piece power retractable roof that, when opened, leaves the rear buttressed section in place for a unique convertible atmosphere.

There will be two engines available in the MX-5 RF line up: a 1.5-litre (131hp) petrol engine (already available in the MX-5 Roadster) and a 2.0-litre petrol engine with 160hp.

The MX-5 RF will be available in a base trim and a GT trim.

The more powerful engine will only be available in the GT trim and will feature a limited slip differential and 17-inch wheels, as well as Bilstein dampers and strut brace.

Standard equipment on the new MX-5 RF will include alloy wheels, LED headlights, MZD Connect, cruise control and auto aircon.  GT models with the 1.5-litre engine are distinguished by 16-inch gunmetal grey alloy wheels and piano black wing mirrors, while the 2.0-litre GT is differentiated by 17-inch bright alloys wheels and body coloured wing mirrors. GT models also feature rain sensing wipers, rear parking sensors, smart keyless entry, 9 Premium Bose® Surround-Sound and heated leather seats.

Caroline Kidd