The car's interior was treated to a makeover as well. This should come as no surprise, given husband Fierek's 15 years' experience in the mobile electronics aftermarket-not only at Directed, but at Blaupunkt as well. "There were three elements that were key when it came to the interior: comfort, style and stealth," says Duran. "We wanted the comfort and the freedom to drive long distances (what good is a diesel if you can't do that?), we also wanted to make a solid impression at the shows. Last, we wanted impeccable audio without losing an inch of real estate."

The OEM leather was tossed, replaced by Roadwire custom leather and Alcantara skins providing the necessary grip. An Alpine IVA-W205 head unit resides in the center stack, along with an integrated KCE-300BT Bluetooth adapter and the standalone NVE-872N Navigation drive which displays on the Alpine's front panel touchscreen. Sirius Satellite radio is provided by an Alpine-specific SIR-ALP10T from Directed Electronics. Two Orion amplifers, an HP-4800 four-channel and an HCCA-D5000 monoblock, power the upgraded Polk SR-Series satellite speakers mounted in each door and the Orion HCCA 10 mounted under the full-size spare tire in the custom-fabricated cargo compartment. Serving up proper power is a Kinetik HC2000 battery with all connections provided by Directed Audio Essentials cabling.

While it wasn't Duran's original intent to make an environmental statement, what's so great about her exercise is that performance doesn't have to be sacrificed in order to be 'green.' Some biodiesel enthusiasts go as far as refining their fuel from leftover cooking oils, but Duran is content to use what's commercially available.

And while biodiesel isn't available everywhere, distribution is expanding, making the process of topping off her Jetta just a bit easier.

2003 VW Jetta GLS TDI

*Layout
Transverse front engine, front-wheel drive
*Engine
1.9-liter inline four, dohc, 16-valve. Kerma 1852 Hammerhead turbo, Powerplus injectors, R520 nozzles, Magnaflow exhaust, EuroJet front-mount intercooler
*Transmission
Six-speed automatic
*Suspension
Eibach coilovers
*Brakes
Baer rotors
*Wheels And Tires
PIAA Super Rosa, 8x19
Toyo Proxes, 235/35
*Performance
Peak Power: 210 hp @ 3300 rpm
Peak Torque: 320 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm
Top Speed: 130 mph
*Exterior
Caractre body kit
*Interior
Alpine head unit, Polk Audio PR-Series speakers, Orion amplifiers and subwoofer, Roadwire custom upholstery

By Richard Truesdell
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