• Aug 26, 2010
Jay Leno's 300-horsepower Ford Festiva – Click above to watch video after the jump

Ford is hosting a round-the-world trip in its new Fiesta, and somehow that led Motor Trend to visit Jay Leno's Garage and have a look at his '80s-era Ford Festiva Shogun. There's no way a bog-standard 63-horsepower runabout could last longer than a fruit fly in Jay's garage, so this one does its best impression of a Renault 5 Turbo down to the engine in the rear and the blistered arches and vents.

For those who don't know what a Shogun is exactly, it's the perfect marriage of a Taurus SHO's original 3.0-liter Yamaha V6 and a Ford Festiva. You take the motor and drivetrain from the Taurus SHO and place it front-to-back in the Festiva, then season to taste with wheels and body kit. Leno's Shogun is also boosted by nitrous oxide for a total of about 300 horsepower, which is pretty good for a Korean-built subcompact from 1989.

Leno cites two compelling reasons for the Shogun: "Because there are certain parts of the world where people are going to chase you," and "I live in a hilly area." Of course, Jay, of course. Follow the jump for the Shogun's story.

[Source: Motor Trend]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Like a Cobalt SS and a Neon SRT-4... Once a Fiesta, always a Fiesta... Big engine or not...

      I actually still have the original debut magazine of this toy... God I'm old... lol
        • 4 Years Ago
        One of the most ignorant posts I've read on this website.

        Have you driven a Cobalt SS or Neon SRT/4? Don't answer that. I'm expecting a no. Just for the fact that you're repeating the "it might be fast, but it's still a Cobalt/Neon". Which, by the way, makes no sense in this or the Cobalt/Neon situation.

        The Cobalt or Neon aren't bad cars. Just because they're associated with low quality interiors and being rental cars doesn't make them bad cars. Same goes for the Festiva. Along with the often ridiculed Geo Metro, they both were great cars and continue to be great cars till this day. Their MPGs rival that of Priuses and Insights.

        By the way, learn the difference between a Fiesta and Festiva. 2 totally different cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Festiva not Fiesta.

        People beat up on the Festiva, but it was actually a good little car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well technically, if the engine is in the rear you don't place it front-to-back, it's still mounted left-to-right it just now resides in the hatch.

      Saw one of these a long time ago at a show in Maryland, interesting little things, wouldn't mind trying it out on some tight windy roads.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hasn't he had this car for over 15 years?
      • 4 Years Ago
      lol. Miss type guys... Festiva... Uh huh... That's better... lol
      tapptime
      • 4 Years Ago
      Your right DiRF, a Festiva is a Festiva and a Fiesta is a Fiesta. People get them mixed up all the time. My wife bought a brand new 1988 Ford Festiva in 1988. Its the only car she has ever owned. She is the type that keeps towels on the seats and is immaculate with 120,000 miles on it.This car has gotten us through the $5.00 a gallon gas era with a lot less pain. It gets almost 45 miles to a gallon. She calls it a classic Limo and I am beginning to believe her
      • 4 Years Ago
      As an American living in England, I thought it was interesting how much Brittish slang found its way into this article. Cool car. Reminds me of a turbo Omni I saw at autox.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Festiva was a Mazda 121 assembled by Kia for Ford.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This video has been at Jay Leno's Garage forever! As a matter of fact I remember it being one of the first I watched from his site years ago.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm fairly certain that's a Car And Driver Project car, and not "a" Festiva SHOgun, but The Festiva SHOgun
      • 4 Years Ago
      That might be the shiniest, most sparkling polished turd in the history of polished turds!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Says the guy who's a Washington Nationals fan. The shiniest polished turd in the history of the MLB.

        Until you drive one, I suggest not calling it a "polished turd".
      • 4 Years Ago
      A fine upgrade of a dark-era vehicle.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A friend of the family had a Festiva, bought new in 1992.

        He drove that vehicle for 14 years until he was rear ended in 2006. It had over 200,000 miles and didn't have a single issue other than some of the dash lights burn out.

        Kia didn't always get everything wrong.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I work with a guy who bought two of Festivas brand new and he said they were great cars (at the time). I also know others who feel the same way...whether they bought them new or used.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fantastic small little car...like hell Leno wouldn't drive it..
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