Keeping It Proper: Kevin Davis’ TDI
Written and Photographed by: Dario Serino

Trends come and go, but love for cars only grows stronger with time. When I first laid eyes on Kevin’s car and was told I would be getting a chance to shoot it, I was almost in shock. A car this beautiful has been hiding locally to me for so long without being noticed. Our mutual friend Alex of Dirty Standards first introduced me to Kevin, a shoot was setup and I waited in excitement. The night before I almost couldn’t sleep, the excitement of shooting a car this clean, with a camera that I have been neglecting like a rental car was too much.
The following week I was lead to an unknown location to shoot a car I have never seen in person. Honestly I have to say I was a little bit nervous, and hadn’t really used my camera in months. My biggest fear was not living up to the standards Y.P.A.S. has set. When I met Kevin, all my fears seemed to be relinquished. Kevin was very subtle and down to Earth. Instantly a bond was formed between Kevin, Alex and I, the love of all things low brought us together.
One of the first things brought up, instantly was how did he end up with his car. Simple of course, every day Kevin commutes over 30 miles into the terrible roads of Boston. For a daily driven show car, a few things are needed. It must be comfortable to drive, it must get decent gas, and it must be low. Having owned over 20+ Volkswagens it was only fitting that he kept his tradition up and stayed in the VAG family.  With Volkswagen’s new TDI engine 40+ miles per gallon all while being as quite as a Prius, it s the perfect commuters car.
As with any true enthusiast, his new toy couldn’t stay stock long. It was quickly equipped with air ride, and swapped in Independent Rear Suspension. Add in a set of Rotiform’s Candy Gold VCEs, and the perfect blend of reliability and appearance is complete. When you get older, your taste evolves. Becoming classier and more sophisticated. With Kevin’s car this can easily be noticed. Everything on his car is done right, and clean. There are no abstract colored wheels, no fenders destroyed, or no a single ziptie on the car. Being in the car scene as long as Kevin has, he had learned don’t follow the trends, but do what he likes. Kevin’s car is a prime example of what s a daily driver should be, looking like a model that Volkswagen should release stock from the factory.
2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI premium w/ navigation

 

Exterior:

  • Shaved Hood Notch
  • Custom Color Matched Hybrid Grille,
  • GLI Side Skirts and Trunk Spoiler,
  • Color Matched Rear License Plate and Frame.

Interior:

  • P3 Integrated Vent Gauge
  • New South Performance Boost Gauge and Column Pod
  • Gold Carbon Fiber Accent Interior Panels,
  • 3 Tone Custom Painted Air Tank,
  • False Floor with the Top of the Tank Exposed

Engine:

  • Malone Stage 2 Tune
  • Rawtek 3″ Turbo Back Exhaust

Suspension:

  • Airlift Performance Front Struts
  • Airlift Double Bellow Rear with an IRS Swapped Rear End,
  • Accuair E-Level Management,
  • Dual Viair 400c Compressors,
  • 3/8 air lines

Wheels:

  • Rotiform 3-piece VCE’s with Candy Gold Finish 18×9 F et32 18×10 R et38

 

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