This is all I'll say about it, then I should make myself scarce because I've more than worn out my welcome.
The low speed drift worked when you drive smooth. If you were on keyboard then you were screwed. You couldn't tap, tap, tap and get faster. The steadier and smoother you were with analog, the more speed you would get. There was a feel to it and the better you get at it, then the better the whole game felt. This was removed. Not completely except for on longer drifts, and it's not the same on shorter drifts either. That means the feel of the game has changed. The need to drive as smooth is nerfed and you can get away with tap, tap, tapping more. So, does it feel terrible now? No, ofc not. But it does feel nerfed, because it is nerfed. The skill ceiling has been effectively lowered and the drifting is easier to get all the speed out of.
I'd argue that this also affects most of the drifting, even slightly in mp4. Intuitively, it would not make sense to adjust the drifting mechanisms and not have it bleed over into all of the drifting. It simply doesn't require the same level of smoothness. Granted, being smooth pays off still, but not quite as much as it used to. The feel of the game has been altered and yes it's immediately obvious. It feels slightly duller because that really fine control has been tempered. Keyboard users should be happy though.
If you really can't tell a difference, then yeah, probably not someone I would consider good at the game. I'm not saying I'm the best because there are others that have no issue putting me lower on the pedestal. After all, my better attributes with the game are patience, effort, and simply that the game is enjoyable.
But yeah, that's that. It's kind of a smack in the face when someone's trying tell you that it's a figment of your imagination. Makes me feel like the developer needs to lay off the maryjane. Besides, there were never any complaints about the drifting, so why mess with a formula that has proven to be your second best environment? Why force tens of thousands of tracks to be redone and make hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of replays worthless on dedimania? Why not fix stuff people wanted fixing, like cuts. Why not take the opportunity to patch up the official tracks, get rid of some of these ridiculous cuts, and just do a simple ladder reset.
Anyway, I'm done here, because I'm most likely well on my way towards getting banned. (And I've not been on the best of terms with the mods/staff here before so that's probably a couple strikes still hanging over my head.)
Look, if you have fun great, that game is still flipping good. I'm still going to have fun playing this for awhile. But it is different, make no mistake, and it would have been much more respectful to go about it with the community a bit more in mind.