Mazda's hotly anticipated folding-hardtop MX-5 Miata finally gets a price tag. Pre-orders for the 2017 MX-5 RF Launch Edition will be accepted starting at 12 p.m. PT today.

Only 1,000 examples of the Launch Edition RF are pegged for production, each starting at $33,850 for the 6-speed manual and $34,925 for the 6-speed automatic. Which transmission you prefer is your only option for these first PRHT models when you put down a $500 refundable deposit. Deliveries for the Launch Edition RF's will begin in February of 2017.

Unique to these first 1,000 models is a Machine Gray Metallic paint job, Auburn Nappa leather interior trim with a hand-painted black roof panel, and bespoke doorsill plates. These features won't be available on other hardtop Miatas, so if you desperately need that black roof, you only have one chance.

"After a tremendously positive response to our global reveal of the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, we knew we had to do something unique for the MX-5 RF Launch Edition," said Robert Davis, senior VP, U.S. operations, MNAO. "Exclusive access to the presale is a way we can offer something special to our most loyal customers who can't wait to get behind the wheel of one of the most anticipated vehicles in Mazda history."

The folding hardtop version of the new MX-5 is expected to ride a bit softer than its convertible counterpart as a "grand touring" option in the MX-5 portfolio. Don't expect the sports car to turn mushy, but with the added weight of a hardtop and softer springs, it may be slightly slower around a track or curvy mountain road than the ragtop iteration.

If you are thinking of grabbing a Launch Edition RF, you'd better hope for an invitation, as other special edition MX-5's tend to sell out fast. If, however, those invited do not book all 1,000 examples, then ordering will be opened to the public on October 3. As a bonus, Mazda will throw in a custom-designed, serialized 42mm Tourneau watch with your purchase.

All prices exclude an $835 destination and handling fee.