The Mazda MX-5 is now launched in Australia, with the 1.5 litre model priced from $31,990 (RM92,411). A “GT” spec 1.5L with MZD Connect, nine-speaker Bose stereo, navi, auto wipers/headlamps, keyless entry and leather, among other goodies, is theirs for $6,000 (RM17,345) extra. The 2.0 litre variant will reach showrooms Down Under in November, priced from $34,490 (RM99,628).

Jealous yet? The fourth-gen roadster is coming to Malaysia very soon, but there will be no manual option and the price tag will be around RM190k to RM210k.

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With the Aussie launch comes more “poison” from Mazda. The message of the ad, titled Look Up, is simple. Stop looking down at your phone, checking Facebook and emails, and look up to the unlimited view provided by Mazda’s roadster. Freedom, the open road, you get the drift.

I’m sold, because Driving Matters, but unfortunately this writer doesn’t have the funds nor the interest in an automatic Miata. How about you?

More videos from Mazda Australia show the optional two-stage alarm system that works with the top down (initial warning when intruder gets close, siren when evil hand enters the cabin) and a Kuroi Sports Pack which includes under spoilers (front, rear, side), a rear lip spoiler and multi-spoke alloys.