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The sports Mazda is even sharper in its handling feel than ever before - and that’s saying something - with sharper delivery of the torque. There have been no changes to the suspension, but keep in mind that there were significat alterations to the suspension tune that we reported on in February this year. The styling of the gen-four Mazda MX5, the ND series, is basically unchanged, but new-design 16-inch black wheels are an obvious feature. Keep in mind that, as mentioned earlier, Mazda Oz introduced a restyle only a few months back. Note that the technical knowledge learned while working relentlessly on the 2.0- litre Mazda MX-5 powerplant have been carried across to some extent to the smaller 1.5-litre unit. However, its power is only up from 95 to 97 kW, and torque increased by 152 Nm, up by just 2 Nm. The free revving nature of the smaller engine has long endeared it discerning drivers but we have not had the opportunity to experience the upgraded 1.5 at this time. We look forward to getting into one sometime soon. Note that the smaller engine is now only offered in the standard version of the MX-5 roadster, not in the slightly more upmarket GT or in the retractable fastback.
Mazda’s relentless pursuit of perfection in all its models is nowhere more evident than in the engineering advancements in this latest edition of its halo car, the built for fun MX-5.