2020 Mazda MX-5 RF Specs, Redesign & Performance

Saturday, September 8th, 2018 - Mazda

Here is The New 2020 Mazda MX-5 RF. The Mazda MX-5 is renewed in mechanics and in some interior details: it now has a steering wheel adjustable in depth and new safety systems.

The 2020 Mazda MX-5 RF is among those cars that do not need long presentations, since in almost 30 years (he debuted in 1989) has established itself as one of the most fun and sincere two-seater spider to drive: thanks to the weight, precise steering and of great maneuverability. These features are also found in the fourth generation, on sale since 2015, which now receives several updates ranging from the safety equipment, to the steering wheel adjustment (now also in depth) to the engines: 1.5 and 2.0 have been adapted to the anti- Euro 6d-Temp pollution (mandatory from September 2019) and made even more “tasty”. In particular, the 2.0 goes from 160 to 184 bhp and stretches up to the maximum speed of 7,500 rpm (700 rpm more than before), thus proving even more elastic and exploitable.

2020 Mazda MX-5 RF Redesign

The designers of the Japanese house have not retouched the bodywork of the 2020 Mazda MX-5 RF, but in fact, there was no need. The spider, only 392 cm long, in fact, maintains a look very personal and full of character, more decisive than the generations of the past: the thin led headlights (standard), the long bonnet and the tail are a real sport.

The impression is similar on the Mazda MX-5 RF, the version of our test, where instead of the soft top there is an electrically foldable hard top: to open or close it, just hold down a button on the console and wait 13 seconds, provided that you do not exceed 10 km / h. The only novelties for the exterior of the 2020 Mazda MX-5 relate to customization: the brown canvas can be ordered and the colors of the 16 “and 17” wheels change, now in metallic black instead of gunmetal gray.

2020 Mazda MX-5 RF Interior Changes

Also, the interior remained unchanged, but on the renewed Mazda MX-5there is a novelty designed to satisfy the highest drivers: the steering wheel can be adjusted not only in height but also in depth (3 cm). Thanks to this innovation it will be easier to find the best driving position. Too bad that the inclination of the backrests remains levered: we would have preferred a wheel, which allows obtaining more precise adjustments.

2020 Mazda MX-5 RF Specifications

The instrument panel is made up of three instruments, two a lancet (the tachometer and, in the middle, the tachometer) and a digital one: it has the functions of the onboard computer, on the RF it shows the open/close status of the roof and reproduces the signs with speed limits. The screen in the 7 “console now integrates the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features and can be controlled via the buttons and the knob between the seats, a very useful solution not to be distracted when you are behind the wheel. The Mazda, however, has not improved on the MX-5 some interior details, such as the sun visors: they give the impression of being made for savings.

2020 Mazda MX-5 RF Engine Performance

The main changes in the update are the 1.5 and 2.0 four-cylinder petrol engines of the Mazda MX-5, reviewed according to Euro 6d-Temp regulations. On the 2.0 of our test the technicians have improved the combustion, revised the injectors and lightened some internal components, starting from the pistons and connecting rods, all to improve efficiency without paying duty once on the road, where the 2.0 is still revealed more enjoyable and “malleable”: it is more powerful (from 160 to 184 hp), has a more consistent extension and emits a more pleasant rumble, thanks to a new exhaust system silencer. The pair has increased from 200 to 205 Nm. The 1.5 instead passes from 131 to 132 hp, also reaches 7,500 rpm and resumes some improvements from 2.0, as the new injectors or changes in terms of efficiency. The increase in torque is more modest: from 150 to 152 Nm.

At the Mazda MX-5just, a handful of seconds to conquer those who drive it, since the full roar of the 2.0 is appreciated right from the start. The 6-speed manual transmission (if you want there is also the automatic one, but only for the Exceed setup) has a short lever and very maneuverable, the clutch is “solid” but precise and the steering makes the car a bolt in the corners, where the neural structure and the great maneuverability are appreciated.

The rear-wheel-drive mechanics of the MX-5 are of a high standard, and on the mixed one appreciates the perfect distribution of weight between the two axles, front, and rear. In light of these characteristics, the ideal route for the Mazda MX-5 is on a mountain road or on the shore of a lake, where the spider can also be driven with a trickle of gas: the 2.

2020 Mazda MX-5 RF Fuel Economy

In the guide in couples you can leave the third gear engaged and concentrate only on accelerator and steering: 2.0 is so generous that you can almost forget the gearbox. Among its advantages there is also consumption, which during our first contact stood at 13 km / l (compared to an average on the new WLTP approval cycle of 14.5 km/liter): a value not to despise considering the rich mountain route and brilliant driving.

Suspension damping is good, for the benefit of comfort. However, when you are onboard the Mazda MX-5, you will miss a few extra storage compartments: one would be comfortable in the dashboard (missing the briefcase) and there are not even pockets in the doors. The only compartments are behind and between the seats.

2020 Mazda MX-5 RF Price & Conclusion

The 2020 Mazda MX-5 RF starts from 27.850 euros with 1.5 engine and 31.500 euros with 2.0. For the RF version, we need to add 2,500 euros. Those who want to drive in a sporting manner will have to order the Sports outfit (only with 2.0), which compared to the Exceed adds 17 “wheels, the most profiled seats and especially the mechanical self-locking differential, which improves grip in the tightest corners. For 400 euros there is a package with different driving aids, also among the new features of the MX-5: the systems that reproduce in the dashboard the speed limits, the detection of fatigue in the driver, the automatic braking emergency up to 80 km / h and the system that stops the car in the “back” up to 8 km / h.

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