Happily Ever After: Melissa Curtis’ TDI
Written and Photographed by: Dario Serino

We all have dreams of finding true love, someone who cares for you through thick and thin. I first met Melissa over a year ago, when I traveled to New Hampshire to shoot her car. When I met Melissa and James, honestly I found them to not fit together at all, like apples and oranges. A year I am now proud to call James and Melissa Curtis dear friends of mine. They truly are each other’s best friends, and I honestly couldn’t picture them apart. I would simply like to say Congratulations Mellissa and James on your marriage, and I cannot wait to see you two again!

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  • 199.6 whp
  • 422.8 ft-lbs
  • 2.0L CR TDI
  • Malone Stage II
  • Borla catback
  • DPF delete
  • EGR delete
  • Rawtek downpipe
  • Custom fabricated straight-pipe
  • Black Forest Industries torque arm insert
  • Black Forest Industries stage one transmission mount insert
  • Black Forest Industries stage one engine mount
  • Unitronic DSG upgrade
  • Hawk HPS brake pads
  • Stop Tech power slot rotors


  • Air Lift Auto Pilot V2
  • Air Lift Slam Series fronts
  • Air Lift Double Bellow rears
  • Koni Sport shocks           
  • 3/8” air lines
  • Viar 444C compressor
  • ¼” SMC water trap
  • Raw aluminum skinny five gallon tank powder-coated “Tiffany Blue” and wrapped in white damask-cut vinyl


  • OEM European spec trunk
  • OEM GLI rear valence
  • OEM GLI side skirts
  • OEM European GTI front lip
  • Shaved side-markers
  • OEM Projector Fog Lights


  • OEM European headlight switch
  • OEM 9w7 Bluetooth module
  • OEM RCD-510
  • OEM Scirpccp DSG shift knob
  • OEM Monster Floormats
  • OEM MK6 Seats
  • OEM MK6 Dash
  • Hard-wired Escort Passport 8500
  • Air diffuser delete
  • OEM European dash tray


  • Fifteen52 three-piece Mullets (18×8.5 | 18×9.5)
  • – 3.6° of camber in the rear
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