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Since its introduction in 1989, the Mazda Miata has been known as a driver’s car. The small, lightweight, rear-wheel drive convertible has been touted for its excellent, scalpel-like precision. Its only real complaint over the years has been the lack of a hardtop model. That’s about to change as Mazda shocked the world yesterday, with the debut of the MX-5 RF.

This new Miata is no ordinary hardtop. It features a retractable portion of the top making open-top driving more accessible and comfortable to the masses. The back window can be lowered to enhance the open air feel without compromising space. The RF offers the same amount of trunk space as the soft top version. The powertrain will remain the same as the convertible model which features Mazda’s SKYACTIV-G 2.0 liter gasoline engine. The MX-5 RF will be on display at the New York International Auto Show March 25 through April 3.