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2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF First Test: More Exotic Than Most Supercars

A hidden cost of living our lives inextricably intertwined with technology is that most of us are perpetually tense. So, put your phone down—unless you’re reading this article on it, of course—and close that spreadsheet on your laptop. Relax your jaw, drop your shoulders, and breathe in; it’s time to bask in one of autodom’s few remaining singular experiences, the 2021 Mazda MX-5 RF, a four-wheeled convertible manifestation of unplugging from the grid.

Indeed, in 2021, a genuinely simple performance car with under 250 horsepower is a rare thing. And although the friendly MX-5 Miata is still kicking after more than three decades, it’s become a bit of an iconoclast, its simple, analog experience standing in stark contrast to the billion-hp V-8 DemonBees and mega-EVs with a zillion lb-ft of torque that define the performance car zeitgeist.

That makes today’s Miata an exotic car in our book—more so, in fact, than many modern supercars. And among Miatas, the most exotic might be the RF version, with its retractable hard roof panel and funky buttresses. Our review RF was a Grand Touring trim with the standard six-speed manual transmission, which means it also had the limited-slip diff, Bilstein dampers, front tower brace, and the sportier suspension of the MX-5 Club. (Six-speed automatic versions skip all that in favor of a plusher, more chill vibe.) For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.

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