PHOTOS: Mazda’s MX-5 Miata RF Launch Edition

September 28, 2016

*See the limit-edition Mazda MX-5 Miata RF by clicking the photo gallery above

The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF made its debut as a concept ride at this year’s New York International Auto Show. It was introduced with a color combination that will be exclusive to MX-5 RF, versus the MX-5 soft top: Machine Gray Metallic paint color, Auburn Nappa leather interior trim with a hand-painted black roof panel, based on the Grand Touring trim level.

Now, the show car is set to become the MX-5 RF Launch Edition, limited to 1,000 vehicles in the U.S.

Mazda North American Operations has open up preorders to a select group of customers who were notified via email this week and have a specific window of time to preorder the MX-5 RF Launch Edition before ordering opens to the general public. Customers will have a choice between a SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission, with each vehicle being made to order.

Outside of the exclusive color combination, MX-5 RF Launch Edition customers will receive a custom-designed, numbered 42mm Tourneau watch to complement their cars.

For those who may miss out on purchasing an MX-5 RF Launch Edition, other retractable fastback models will be available with many of the same colors and interior combinations-just not the Machine Gray Metallic exterior color on the Grand Touring trim level with the black roof, Auburn Nappa leather interior and badging. While the 2017 MX-5 RF Launch Edition is based on the Grand Touring trim level, other MX-5 RF models are expected to arrive at U.S. dealerships in the first quarter of 2017 in either Grand Touring or Club trim levels.

Pricing for the MX-5 RF Launch Edition will start at an MSRP from $33,850 for the SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual and $34,925 for models with the six-speed automatic transmission. Delivery of MX-5 RF Launch Edition vehicles will begin in February 2017, and continue through the spring.

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