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  • Robert Maurer 9:21am on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Paid for service on my 2013 then purchased… 

    Paid for service on my 2013 then purchased a new RF GT. Will take it to the next meeting.

    MX-5 RF

     
  • Robert Burr 10:22am on Saturday, March 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , MX-5 RF, timepiece   

    MX5 RF Launch Edition timepiece 

    A nice touch, one of one thousand custom made watches created for the owners of the one thousand Mazda MX-5 Launch Edition RF cars.

    Mazda MX-5 RF Launch Edition timepiece

     
    • Mark Gilbert 11:34am on Saturday, March 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Very nice! So far you and Jeff are the only lucky owners in our club of a new RF Launch Edition and the beautiful keepsake watch .

    • Blas Rolando 10:00am on Sunday, March 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Robert, so that’s why you went for the RF LE! 🙂

      Mark, with the deal you make you can get a Rolex and still be ahead. 🙂

      Me, and trying to get deal on a Timex.
      🙂

  • Mark Gilbert 8:50am on Friday, February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , MX-5 RF,   

    RF Owners Review 

    Here is a review from an owner on Miata.net. I couldn’t have written my experience with the car any better than what he has done. Every owner/driver will have their own feel for the RF of course but I can tell you in the short week that I’ve been driving one, it is a great little car and the Zoom Zoom feeling is alive and well in the new RF. Hope you enjoy the review. –Mark

    I wanted to take the time and write a detailed comparison of the 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF to the 2016 MX-5 Convertible. First and foremost, we know that the two cars are two very different things when it comes to a convertible compared to a Targa folding top fastback body style. I don’t want us to get to hung up on that difference. We all know that it actually creates two separate classes for the cars in general. Both from the same bloodline, siblings if you will, but each with its very own personality and qualities. I have owned them both. I have spent time in each car and can tell you key elements from each that I think will assist in those who are purchasing an RF or a convertible version or who is thinking about one or the other.

    For the convertible, I had the 2016 Club. I went with the Club because the price was less (I knew I would get more of a return when it was trade time for an RF, if I decided to trade it when the RF came in) I also really liked the aero package that comes on the Club with its lower front air dam and the back spoiler. (A sidenote would be if you like the aero package that comes on the club you can have it added for a small amount extra to the GT version) When I bought the Club I did get the navigation chip so that I could use the built in infotainment system for trips. I got an automatic transmission because I liked that I could drive the car in heavy traffic and answer calls, drink my coffee, whatever and not have to shift gears all at the same time. So auto or manual will be your personal preference. The idea of the automatic sports transmission mode and shift paddles was fun and something that could be enjoyed no matter how I was using the car day to day.

    Now, for the RF. I originally had a Launch Edition on order, but after 3 weeks in port and not shipping to the dealer, I happened to come cross a GT RF in Ceramic at a local dealer and I bought it. I quickly received my $500 deposit back from Mazda and I received a great deal at the dealer on the new RF. The RF is also an automatic, so the only difference is that with the GT model you get the leather heated seats, the blind spot monitoring (this comes standard with all RF models) and the other small upgrades like the lane sensing. For the sake of this write up I really don’t want to focus to much on the comparison between the Club and the GT but really the handling differences.

    So, I drove the two cars back to back. I actually had the Club convertible with me the day I went to the dealership to test drive the RF. For those of you who drive the convertible you will notice on the RF a little tighter steering when the convertible feels really light and loose (in a good way) in your hands. The RF has a more rigid “held in place” feel to the steering mechanism. This is all by design. Mazda wanted the RF to have a little more control to compensate for the weight and body differences. To be honest with you I like the feel of the RF steering better for my tastes in driving. So it was nice to be surprised and say “wow, that’s a different feel…” its not going to be so different that you will be turned off by it if you were used to driving the convertible. I would have to say that unless you drove the cars back to back you would not really feel anything because you adjust to the car you are driving at the time. But, back to back, yes you will notice and you will be pleased. It was the first place that I noticed that these were two very different cars and not just a re-purposing of the convertible with a folding hard top portion added.

    I read a lot of reviews and articles talking about the added weight and the effect it had on performance and speed. It seemed that people talked about this in a negative way, that the added weight of the top would give handling differences and slower speeds because of it. I was concerned at first, thinking that I was going to lose that zoom zoom zip of the light weight convertible that we love. I was shocked to find the opposite. I have been racking my brain on how to explain the responsive performance feeling. It feels like you have MORE power in the RF compared to the convertible. The word I’m looking for is more of a “pep” or “snap” kind of like a “revving up” or a slingshot feeling when you put your foot down in acceleration. We know that the automatic drive train and the engine are the same as the convertible but I think the “feel” of a difference comes from the drivers push on the vehicle. When driving you will find your input has to be more aggressive. The driver has to put more attack into the drive and has more control of the power. In the convertible I felt that I eased into the performance when with the RF I put my foot down and the car rockets forward. So its a combination of rpm torque and performance combined. As a driver of an RF, I feel more engaged, more in control. As for the convertible with the automatic transmission it felt more sterile and disengaged in my drive, and I think because of that I was concerned about pushing the car harder. The RF with its more aggressive, interactive, drive experience coupled with a much more quiet cockpit feels more like a race car to me than the convertible ever did. I can hear the engine, I can feel the power and I have much more available power to my disposal when I want it. Let me remind you the engine and drive train from the convertible to the RF are the exact same, but for myself I felt less comfortable and less in control in the soft top. Because of this I was less aggressive in my drive experience when driving the convertible. I find I can push the RF harder, I let it take control of the road. I never feel concerned that it might get away from me. It feels like it was really tweaked and built for speed. The convertible was fun to push, but you could feel the body roll, here there’s a difference here in the RF. Not only did Mazda tweak the steering but they also stiffened up the suspension on the RF not to mention made the body more rigid. A driver will truly enjoy the experience.

    How about open air noise differences? The great debate. We know there is going to be a little more noise with the Targa top open compared to the convertible. This is purely based on aerodynamics. But it’s an enjoyable experience nonetheless. I heard a few people talking about a whistling near their head, they called it almost unbearable. I hear the wind rushing myself but it’s nothing to complain about. The convertible had its own wind rushing nuances that left my ears humming after an 80 mile an hour run down the highway. The RF does too, just different. Any vehicle where you have air in and out of the cabin will give you some affect like this. Years ago I drove a 1975 Corvette, with its removable T tops. It to had its own unique experience with wind aerodynamics, but that’s what made it so memorable. So, please don’t let this be a hangup for those looking to purchase an RF.

    Sorry that this got a little long but all in all I hope it puts a buyers mind at ease if you are thinking of adding an RF to your driving arsenal, I am VERY glad I did. Head down and test drive for yourself, I know you will be pleasantly surprised with this new breed of MX-5 Miata!

     
    • Doug Quara 12:17pm on Friday, February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for posting. I’ve seen a few on the road already, and having seen the launch edition, I would love to have one. But until my beloved ‘nell’ (’94 I bought new) starts failing me, there are no new Miatas in my future. (Like I need a fourth 2-seat sports car!)

      I thought the comments regarding acceleration were interesting. Considering the 2016 and 2017 models have the same drivetrain, I am a little baffled. The only things I can think of to explain the differences in the car are: 1. Perception based on open-air vs targa-style. 2. “Normal” car-to-car variation. 3. Firmware differences; it’s possible the 2017 models have newer more aggressive settings.

      Most drivers cannot feel a difference of a couple of hundred pounds, but they do make a difference. In this case, the reviewer stated that the heavier RF model felt stronger. Strange.

      Anyways, I enjoyed the perspective, and again, thanks for sharing the post.

      • Mark Gilbert 1:30pm on Friday, February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Doug, I can tell you the car feels so much quicker than my NC. When accelerating in second gear, I’ve thrown my wife back in her seat numerous times and I wasn’t even trying to push the car, yet. For some reason, this model feels even faster than the cars we test drove at Dolphins stadium for that Mazda event last year. And we were tearing those cars up. Can’t wait to pick my car up tomorrow. Should be a great weekend!

    • Robert Burr 5:07pm on Sunday, February 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      It seems to have more power in the lower RPMs, so running through the gears has the feeling of being quicker. The older motor had real power above 4k RPM, like a lot of high-strung engines. The surprise is good torque between 2.5 and 4k now. A bonus is getting 32-35 miles to the gallon, versus 26-28.

  • Robert Burr 8:07pm on Saturday, February 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , MX-5 RF   

    Launch Edition landed 

    Got lucky and found a virgin MX-5 RF launch edition sitting on the lot. They didn’t know what they had. Someone made a deposit and didn’t follow through. Could not resist. Discovered that in addition to tan leather seats and dash, the Launch Edition includes custom chrome step plate and hand/painted black top.

    Mazda MX-5 RF Launch Edition

     
    • Mark Gilbert 6:37am on Sunday, February 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats Rob! I know you will have many miles of smiles coming up. Zoom Zoom………………..

    • Eric Wallens 3:55pm on Sunday, February 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Well done and nice car!

    • Blas Rolando 5:49am on Monday, February 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Well car and done nice!

  • Mark Gilbert 3:20pm on Sunday, January 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , MX-5 RF, test drive   

    RF Club Model Review at Grieco Mazda 

    Let me start off by saying the people at Grieco were very kind as to let Marisol and I take a new RF out for an extended test drive today. Special thank you to Cedrick for making this happen.

    Upon entering the cabin, I noticed the very upscale look of the interior of the car but also felt a slight bit cramped as compared to my car but nothing I couldn’t live with. The seats were a little snug too for me width wise but seemed to hold you in place very well in the turns. Hopefully the side bolsters will relax and soften up somewhat over time to be more comfortable for me.

    In driving the car, I noticed how silky smooth the shifting was and the get up and go the car had as compared to my NC. The exhaust note was very nice and again sounded better to me than my stock NC.

    The question for me in wanting to test drive the car was the open air feeling and if it felt like it was a real convertible or not. The resounding answer to that was yes.

    You don’t really notice the targa bar overhead or the side fastbacks unless you are looking to the rear sides of the car. Vision to the sides is definitely lacking but you have to rely on your mirrors for that.

    Looking directly out the rear view mirror was not an issue at all vision wise. Felt no difference than my hardtop.

    Overall the same exhilarating feeling of driving a true convertible is found in the new RF. Mazda did a fine job in designing the car and I’m certain it will be a huge success.

     
    • Doug Quara 7:29pm on Sunday, January 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      So how did it look in person?

      • Mark Gilbert 8:50pm on Sunday, January 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        The car is very striking in person. Definitely will draw a lot of attention . Love the sleek styling. Looks like a mini version of Jag I think. One thing I noticed though was how small it looked and felt as compared to my NC. Many people complained how bloated the NC looked when it was released. This is not the case with RF.

  • Karl Johnson 6:01pm on Saturday, January 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bachrodt, MX-5 RF   

    Miata RF available at Bachrodt 

    Lou Bachrodt on West Atlantic has a Ceramic RF that HAS NOT been spoken for, if anybody is interested. Contact Mohammed and tell him I sent you.

     
    • Mark Gilbert 9:37am on Sunday, January 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the info Karl. Greico has a grey Club that I’m going to test drive today. Probably stop by Bachrodt on my way up too. I want to see if the RF feels like a convertible or not. Will report my findings later.

  • Robert Burr 11:31am on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: MX-5 RF   

    Inside MX-5 RF 

    Inside MX-5

    Inside MX-5 RF

    THE PEOPLE BEHIND MX-5:
    TAKAKI NAKAMURA, FINAL ASSEMBLY ENGINEER

    Freedom of design made possible by ingenuity at the production site

     
  • Mark Gilbert 10:53am on Sunday, December 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    All I Want For Christmas Is A New… 

    All I Want For Christmas………………….Is A New RF

     
  • Mark Gilbert 6:20pm on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Mazda’s Holiday Surprise 2017 MX 5 Miata RF… 

    Mazda’s Holiday Surprise: 2017 MX-5 Miata RF Arrives at Dealers Two Months Early

    November 22, 2016

    IRVINE, Calif. (November 22, 2016) – There’s plenty to be thankful for this week, but Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) has added to that list by announcing that the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF has officially gone on sale in the U.S. The MX-5 RF arrives two months ahead of its originally announced timing due to shifts in the production schedule.

    Dave Putter, the first customer to take delivery in the U.S., met with MNAO President and CEO Masahiro Moro onstage at the Los Angeles Auto Show last week to receive his keys ahead of taking home his MX-5 RF Launch Edition the following day. Putter was among the first customers to order one of the 1,000 MX-5 RF Launch Edition vehicles in October and is now the proud owner of his 16th Mazda and his eighth MX-5 Miata.

    “Mazda is a unique and special car company that aims to do more than simply sell cars,” said Moro. “We want to build lifelong relationships with our customers and fans, providing them a fulfilling ownership experience they couldn’t get anywhere else.”

    Putter’s MX-5 RF was air-freighted to Huntington Beach Mazda, where he took delivery. Approximately 500 additional MX-5 RFs will arrive nationwide beginning in early December, followed by wider-scale availability throughout the winter and spring.

    The first-ever MX-5 RF gets its name from its exotic KODO design—“Retractable Fastback”—in which its power-operated top can deploy from closed to open or vice versa in a mere 13 seconds. Complementing the World Car of the Year-winning MX-5 roadster, MX-5 RF satisfies the open-air experience of the soft top model but with a vastly different, coupe-like design and premium accoutrements. It comes powered by a free-revving, 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G engine, paired with either a SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, sending power to the rear wheels.

    Available exclusively in MX-5 RF Club and Grand Touring trim levels and starting from an MSRP of $31,555[1], the hardtop MX-5 adds a 4.6-inch TFT color gauge display in addition to its folding roof. It is also the only MX-5 variant available with the liquid-metal-like Machine Gray Metallic paint.

    MX-5 RF Launch Edition is based on the Grand Touring model and comes finished exclusively in Machine Gray. It is the only U.S.-bound MX-5 model to have Auburn Nappa leather and a hand-painted black top for the 2017 model year.

    Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at http://www.mazdausamedia.com.
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  • Robert Burr 12:05am on Monday, October 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: MX-5 RF, pre-order   

    Mazda Opens Up MX-5 RF Preorders to Miata Superfans 

    Road and Track: Mazda Opens Up MX-5 RF Preorders to Miata Superfans

    http://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/future-cars/news/a30936/mazda-mx-5-rf-msrp-preorder/

     
    • Mark Gilbert 7:40am on Monday, October 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Evidently the pre-sales to loyal Mazda customers didn’t sell out the 1000 Launch Edition models. Yesterday Mazda opened up to the general public the sales of the remaining Launch Edition cars.

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