It’s War: ’90s Mazda Miata Pulls Against Early ’90s Ford Festiva
It’s on: On the left, we have the Mazda Miata, ready for anything with its early-’90s pop-up headlights. On the right, we have the Ford Festiva, formerly a hatchback, but currently carved down to a pseudo-pickup.
Who will win? Let’s go to the stats:
The Mazda Miata with pop-up headlights ran from 1990 to 1997, so if we assume this is the 1997 version, that gives this contender a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, delivering 133 hp and 114-lb-ft of torque.
The Ford Festiva in America was a boxy little car until 1993, when it underwent a design change and was renamed the “Aspire.” So, we’ll assume this is the most recent version from 1993. That means this altered little baby holds a 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine hauling with 63 hp and 73 lb-ft of torque.
From a tech standpoint, things don’t look great for the Festiva. The Miata delivers twice the horsepower, is heavier, and is lower to the ground.
The Festiva does put up a spirited fight, though. It commands an early pulling lead, but in the end it just doesn’t have the power to haul the heavier and stronger Miata. At 0:12, once the Miata gets its wheels under it, it’s all over, with the Festiva billowing smoke and spinning its wheels until admitting defeat.