Jekyll & Hyde: Ryan Jacobs' 2011 Volkswagen GTI

Known on the forums as HYDE16, Ryan Jacobs stuck with the Jekyll & Hyde theme during his extensive build to strike a balance between a fun daily driver during the week (Jekyll), and aggressive performance machine during track events (Hyde). Ryan focused on increasing stiffness, improving suspension geometry, gaining traction, and adding gobs of power. Ryan started with a stock 2011 Volkswagen GTI, added every bolt-on he could, and upgraded to a ported and polished K04 turbo with Aquamist direct port methanol. More recently, Ryan worked with Pag Parts Turbo in Deer Park, New York, for a built long block…

MK7 to Mach 1: APR’s GTI Almost Triples Its Power

Volkswagen’s EA888 Gen.3 engine and MQB platform prove, year after year, just how potent that combo can be. APR is no stranger to the hidden potential of this pairing, and a perfect example is the MK7 GTI they’ve pieced together to be a standout performer. The 2017 GTI that you could go to the dealer and grab right now has about 210 horsepower (220 with the performance pack) and 258 lb-ft of torque from its 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. The 2015 GTI you see here that has been made over by APR is packing some ridiculous power. Over 550 horsepower and…

Period Correct JDM: Timeless Never Goes Out Of Style

If you were to enter the car world for the first time today, the overwhelming presence of bolt-on wide body kits, flares, and excessive negative camber might have you fooled into thinking that those things are what make up Japanese tuner culture and its influence on the aftermarket. The reality, however, is that JDM car culture in North America started with much humbler beginnings, back when the only bolt-on parts were either over-fenders or under the hood. The idea that less is more when it comes to modifying Japanese cars started long before many of our readers were born, in…

AEM Releases CD-7 and CD-7L 7-Inch Full Color Digital Dash Displays

Super bright, high-resolution screen viewable in sunlight, AEMnet CAN bus streams data to dash with one plug connection! The AEM CAN Dash 7” (CD-7) and CAN Dash 7” Logging (CD-7L) color digital displays feature a super bright, high contrast, sunlight readable display and include an integrated glare diffuser and shade hood so that they are readable in even the brightest daylight conditions. They are designed to accept channels from CAN bus connections and do not include analog inputs. Two CAN bus channels are included so that it can receive and collect data from AEMnet enabled devices such as the Infinity…

AWE Tuning Porsche 991.2 Switchpath Exhaust

Less is more with the straight-through design of AWE Tuning’s Switchpath exhaust for 991.2 series Porsche Carreras. Exhaust flow is continuously routed through the integrated X-pipe, delivering a constant exotic tone regardless of valve position. Boasting max gains of 14 horsepower and 17 ft-lbs of torque to the crank, this exhaust kit will fit all 991.2 Carrera coupe, Cabriolet and Targa models. MSRP: Starting From $2,874.95 USD www.awe-tuning.com As seen in PASMAG #143 (Jun/Jul 2017)…

AWE Tuning BMW F3X 340i Exhaust Suite

Straight-through design featuring AWE Tuning's proprietary drone-canceling solution, 180 Technology®, for the BMW 340i, BMW 440i. Max gains of 9 hp and 11 ft-lbs of torque at the crank. Options include Touring Edition Axle-back Exhaust and Performance Mid Pipe. Tips available diamond black or chrome silver, 90mm or 102mm Handcrafted from US-sourced mandrel-bent T304L stainless steel. Engineered, designed and manufactured in-house at AWE Tuning. No Check Engine Light Guarantee. Perfect Fitment Guarantee. Lifetime Warranty MSRP: $1,461.95 USD www.awe-tuning.com…

2017 Tuner Battlegrounds Championship

The annual Tuner Battlegrounds Championship competition provides automotive enthusiasts with an opportunity of a lifetime - to compete against other passionate enthusiasts in North America* for the ulitmate award: to be featured on the cover of PASMAG. Hundreds of enthusiastic competitors register each year but only 1 will be left standing. Seeding for the 2017 Tuner Battlegrounds Championship begins immediately, and inclusion and placement for the Top 64 depends on votes earned throughout the 2017 Tuner Battlegrounds #TBGLIVE Season. The #TBGLIVE competitors will be seeded 1 to 32 in relation to their total number of votes accumulated in the 2017…

Orion HCCA5000.1DSPL Amplifier Review

Over the last 30 years, the Orion brand of car audio has garnered a high level of respect from folks who insist on high quality, high performance products. The marque has a proven track record for performance and reliability that only a handful of brands can match. Over the years, their flagship product series has been the HCCA series, and in this review we are going to take a look at a very powerful example: the new HCCA5000.1DSPL. FEATURES One look at the outside of the box tells you this is a serious piece of kit. A large warning sticker…

Memphis Car Audio VIV60C Component Review

From a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, Memphis, Tennessee, is famous around the world as the home of blues and the birthplace of rock ‘n roll. Home to famous places, such as Beale St., the Gibson guitar factory, and Elvis’ Graceland mansion, the musical history is rich, deep, and abundant. Another historical company in the music business not only calls Memphis home, but it’s the company’s namesake. Founded in Memphis in 1965, Memphis Car Audio has been a leader in the car audio marketplace for decades, and has won “Best Overall” brand from Inside Track for eleven consecutive years. You…

JL Audio C5 653 Component Review

Any avid car audio enthusiast knows that the choice of loudspeakers for your system is perhaps the single most critical decision of the system design. It’s a well-known fact that the speakers you choose make more difference in the final sound of the car than any other component. For anyone who is looking for true high fidelity loudspeakers, the JL Audio brand is almost always near the top of the list. What began way back in the 1970s as a fun hobby for Jim Burch and Lucio Proni (JL Audio, get it?), grew into one of the world’s most respected…

QVIA T790G Dashcam

The QVIA T790G is a top of the line 1-channel dash camera featuring a Sony IMX322 sensor. The 1080p HD resolution gives the user the ability to distinguish even the smallest details on the recorded footage. The QVIA T790G also features Wi-Fi connectivity so you can view, edit and record with your smartphone or computer (Windows, Mac, iOS and Android compatible.) The dash cam also features built-in GPS for added security and peace of mind. Industry-leading storage capacity; up to 256 GB. MSRP: $209.00 USD www.importel.com…

Philips X-tremeVision LED Fog Lamp

Philips X-tremeVision LED Fog Lamps are direct replacements for vehicles equipped with H8, H11 and H16 halogen fog lamps. Delivering extremely bright, white 6000K light that perfectly match the color of Xenon and LED headlights, these advanced LEDs are great for a wide range of late model vehicles. SafeBeam technology eliminates glare to other drivers by delivering the same beam pattern as standard halogen fog lights. MSRP: $149.99 USD philipsxtremevisionled.com…

Momento M5 Dash Camera

The Momento M5 dash camera adds up to 270º of surveillance coverage at the front and rear of your vehicle. All footage is captured in stunning 1080p high-definition resolution with a Sony Exmor-R sensor that improves image stability and low-light visibility. Watch incident footage on the camera's interactive LCD or on your desktop computer. MSRP: $299.99 USD http://momentocam.com…

Formula DRIFT Round 5: Fredric Aasbo Takes the Victory and the Most Wins in the History of the Series

Formula DRIFT Black Magic Pro Championship presented by BlackVue Dash Cameras returned to Autodrome St-Eustache in Canada. Fredric Aasbo in the Rockstar Energy / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla iM took the victory for his tenth event win - the most in Formula DRIFT history! In one of the most action packed and chaotic rounds of competition, Round 5: True North brought the top drifting talent in the world into Canada to a capacity crowd. The Livestream drew over 1 million views over the course of the weekend. “What an event! In what I can only describe as a historic and…

Driven Show: Winnipeg

Driven Show returned to Winnipeg for its third stop of their 2017 event tour, where it consisted of an indoor auto show, outdoor festival and drift demo from professional drivers at the Red River Exhibition Park. The location provided the event organizers ample space to host a drift demonstration, and the weather was perfect for tire shredding for hours. These guys did not hold back one bit; the engine bay of one of the cars caught fire as they were mid-way through a tandem! It’s safe to say that Winnipeg is not shy of heavy hitters in the car scene.…

SQOLOGY at Aggieland V Invitational SQ Sound Tournament: MECA IASCA Triple Points Event

Mobile Toys Inc. has hosted the widely acclaimed event called Aggieland for five consecutive years now. Aggieland is Christerfer Pate’s brainchild, and the concept encompasses all the major elements of sound quality car audio competition including MECA and IASCA triple point events, in addition to the key feature: the famed Money Round with a $5,000 payout, spread over the top ten places. Contributors: Klifton Keplinger, Chris Pate, David Cruz, Jason Owens, Robert McIntosh, Travis Chin In total there were ten judges to evaluate the 43 competitor's vehicles that in total traveled nearly 50,000 round-trip miles from their respective hometowns; with…

FR-Slow No More: Vortech V3 Supercharger FR-S Install

Performance Installs
There’s a magical moment when you get into your new FR-S or BRZ for the first time, where you’re convinced you’re behind the wheel of the pinnacle of simple sportscar engineering. The car is light, nimble, and above all, a blast to drive. “Never mind what the haters have to say about a sportscar with only 200 horsepower,” you say to yourself, grinning away. And for quite a few of you Toyobaru Twin owners out there, you’ll stay happy with that for quite some time, laughing your way down twisty lanes. There are also those of us out there who…

Engine Swap 101: Haute AG's Infiniti V8 Swap

Performance Installs
As car enthusiasts, we have all thought about our dream car, on several occasions. Along with that, some of us have also dreamed about the perfect engine inside of our favorite chassis. So, what does it take for that dream to become a reality? Luckily, we have some of the necessary steps it takes to get your project to go from paper to pavement. In this write up we will be referencing an LS V8 swap into an Infiniti G35 Coupe. Keep in mind that this is strictly a guide, however all of the planning and approach should be carried…

Neo-motorsport Coil-Over Install

Performance Installs
The Scion FR-S offers a true sportscar experience at a very affordable price point and is complimented by aggressive styling. For those looking to enhance and tighten up the handling of this coupe, there are a variety of aftermarket options available. One such company is NEO Motorsport, which offers a complete coil-over suspension kit. NEO’s passion and motorsport experience ensures that all of its products are tried, tested and true, both for track use and daily commuting. The following is a step-by-step guide for installing this fully-adjustable (ride height and dampening) suspension system on the FR-S. 1. Lift vehiclePrepare vehicle…

Spot The Differences: Jun/Jul 2017 (#143)

In this edition of Spot The Differences, we look in the pages of our June/July 2017 #143 issue. Can you spot the 10 differences in the photos? Send us the 10 CORRECT answers to this puzzle at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and win…
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Spot The Differences: Apr/May 2017 (#142)

In this edition of Spot The Differences, we look in the pages of our April/May 2017 #142 issue. Can you spot the 10 differences between the top and bottom photos? CONTEST HAS EXPIRED. Here are the 10 differences:…
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Spot The Differences: Formula Drift 2017

In this edition of Spot The Differences, we look in the pages of the official 2017 Formula Drift event program, available at all 2017 Formula Drift rounds (see schedule). Can you spot the 10 differences in these photos (left and…
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