Another new MX5

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The Targa-like look of the new roof structure really does give the MX-5 a striking, straked look, and adds a new dimension to what is already a hugely attractive, and almost manly looking sports car.

Hardtop MX5 RF.
Hardtop MX5 RF.

Interestingly, all of the MX-5s that took part were fitted with manual gearboxes, because in European countries, where automatics are still seen as a soft option for less enthusiastic drivers, there is zero demand for a self-shifting version (in Australia a shameful 40 percent of MX-5s sold are fitted with auto boxes).

“It’s not that we’re opposed to the idea of automatic versions of the MX-5, and if someone wanted an auto in this new RF, I’m sure we could make that happen, it’s just that there’s no demand for such a thing,” Mazda said.

“European drivers prefer manual, particularly in a sports car like this. It makes sense.”

In smaller sports cars, I go along with manual gearboxes as all part of the fun; however, with something larger, such as Aston Martin, Bentley et al, auto would fit best.