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Importfest 2016: Turbo Nissan 370Z

Reunited with Jason Gale and his 522whp, Varis-kitted Z34

Aug 24, 2016

Importfest's 11th anniversary mega show in Toronto brought the heat! It was easily one of the largest enthusiast events I've ever visited (make sure to read my full write-up!) A lot of dope rides packed the Metro Toronto Centre, from high performance to stance; however, a car that had the best of both worlds was Jason Gale's '09 Nissan 370Z.

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This Z34 looked oddly familiar when I strolled by it the first time. When the doors to Importfest finally opened and I got a chance to meet Jason, it dawned on me... This was the same 370Z that I saw at AutoCon in Pomona, California, last year. It was also the same Z that my fellow staffer, Jofel Tolosa, had photographed, which was then featured in our mag over a year ago. Why didn't I recognize it? Maybe because it looks much more aggressive now thanks to a fresh AirREX air suspension install. Jason also ditched the Advan GT wheels for Volk Racing TE37 Ultras, a very nice touch!

Other highlights of this 370Z build remain the same, but for good reason. The Varis Arising II widebody kit is still rare to see in North America, as is the Top Secret strut bar and engine cover. In the go-fast department, this 3.7-liter VQ is pushing 522whp and 476 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels courtesy of a Boosted Performance turbocharger kit, which uses a Precision 6266 twin-scroll turbo. Other upgrades, such as the custom four-stage paint, Takata seat/harness combo and WP Pro big brakes are still being put to good use since his feature last year (you can check it out here).

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While it's only been a year since Jason's car debuted at AutoCon in LA, he's continued to bring his project car to new heights in his hometown of Toronto. If he keeps this pace up, we're certain you'll be hearing another update from us sooner rather than later!

Sam Du
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