[YesAuto News] Recently, Mazda Motor Company officially released the MX-5 Roadster Coupe (MX-5 Roadster Coupe), which is the first electric hard-top convertible model of the MX-5 in the history of nearly 20 years. In the future, it will compete with the MX-5 soft-top convertible in the small sports car market.
The roof is divided into three parts: front, middle and rear windows. Driven by the motor, the hardtop will be automatically retracted into the trunk. The whole process takes only 12 seconds, which is the fastest among similar models on sale.
Compared with the soft-top model, the hard-top version of the MX-5 has a height increase of about 10mm after the roof is closed. Fortunately, the hard top is folded and stowed without sacrificing the luggage compartment space, and remains at the level of 150 liters.
In order to minimize the increase in vehicle weight, the roof adopts a large amount of resin material. In the end, compared with the soft-top model, the weight of the hard-top version only increases by about 37kg.
At the same time, the roof is placed in front of the rear axle after being stowed, which optimizes the front-to-rear weight ratio. In addition, the dampers and springs of the suspension system have been re-tuned.
Note: The specific English names of the Mazda MX-5 electric retractable hard-top roadster in different regions of the world are as follows:
European market: Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe; Japanese market: Mazda Roadster Power Retractable Hard Top; North American market: Mazda MX-5 (Miata) Power Retractable Hard Top.