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Zoom Zoom Magazine Issue 29

get comfortable behind the wheel. The controls, steering wheel and pedals have been placed in such a way as to make you feel instantly at one with the car. That’s Mazda’s Jinba Ittai philosophy at work, even before you start the engine. My hand falls to the gearshift and I’m surprised to find that the car is an automatic. Part of the essence of the MX-5 is the simplicity of connection through the sweet-shifting six-speed manual transmission, and I wonder how the bond between car and driver will be affected. But this MX-5 does feel a little more sophisticated than its convertible sibling. The exterior styling, with its striking flying buttresses defining the unique fastback coupe profile, definitely gives the impression of being a little more grown up. ZOOM-ZOOM \37 There’s much to look out for, from observatories (top right) to historic Shinto shrines (below)


Zoom Zoom Magazine Issue 29
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