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2017 Mazda MX-5 RF - exclusive reader test team preview

Join What Car? at an exclusive preview of the brand new Mazda MX-5 RF hard-top two-seater roadster on Wednesday, 30 November, in Dartford, Kent

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We are offering What Car? readers the opportunity to attend an exclusive preview of the new Mazda MX-5 RF on Wednesday, 30 November, in Dartford, Kent.

The RF is the new hard-top version of the Mazda MX-5 two-seat convertible sports car, which was launched last year as a soft-top only. However, 80% of sales of previous MX-5s in the UK were the hard-roofed model, so this is an important car. RF stands for Retractable Hardtop, which refers to the model's electrically retracitng roof – on the regular car, you have to do this manually.

The RF will have the same 1.5 and 2.0-litre petrol engines as the soft-top MX-5, but unlike that car, it will be available with an automatic gearbox as well as a manual.

It will cost from Β£22,195 – Β£3700 more than the regular MX-5 – when it arrives in showrooms in March 2017.

Join What Car? to get a detailed look in and around this new car and chat with product experts from Mazda, before being interviewed for our website.

Are you are considering buying, or a fan of, sports cars or convertibles? Do you want a car that's a bit different from the norm? Are you a fan of Mazda and/or the MX-5?

If you would be interested in taking part in our exclusive event and getting a look in detail at this new car months before everybody else, we’d love to hear from you. After the event, your comments and photo will appear online at Whatcar.com.

To apply, email the following information to *readertestteam@haynet.com

Your name Your age Your occupation Your mobile number What you currently drive Where you’ll be travelling from Why you want to see the new Mazda MX-5 RF