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Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - MOTOR GUIDE -

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.

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