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Mercury (Hobart) - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE -

The up­date makes a good thing bet­ter. The Mazda is sharper and more re­spon­sive from the get-go. Turn­ing with pre­ci­sion and an­swer­ing the throt­tle with lin­ear re­sponses, the diminu­tive drop-top rel­ishes changes in di­rec­tion as it bites the bi­tu­men with rear­wheel drive con­fi­dence.

Among its many at­tributes, the MX-5 can han­dle the mun­dane and the ragged edge — carv­ing through the Gold Coast hin­ter­land with the top down, it morphs be­tween grand tourer and race car. The changes aren’t mon­u­men­tal but come as use­ful foils to sus­pen­sion tweaks to im­prove ride ear­lier this year.

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