Acronyms are commonplace in the automotive industry, but their meanings aren't always clear to everyday car shoppers. Volkswagen has a few of its own — the most popular being the Golf GTI. The Golf GTI is the hot hatch of the VW Golf lineup and offers a 228-hp 2.0L turbo engine and Drive Mode Selection. So, what does GTI stand for? VW acronyms, such as GTI, typically refer to the engine.
Meaning Behind GTI
The exact verbiage behind "GTI" isn't 100% solidified. There's debate as to whether it stands for Grand Touring Injection, Gran Turismo Iniezione, or another similar phrase. The meaning behind GTI, however, is the fuel injection system. Essentially, GTI refers to a grand tourer or Gran Turismo with fuel injection. Nowadays, fuel injection is standard, but when the Golf GTI was first introduced in 1976, fuel injection was big news. The name stuck through the years — and the Golf GTI is still one of the brand's top models today.
Fun fact: In Italian, "Gran Turismo" refers to cars that can travel long distances without sacrificing style of comfort.
How Much is a GTI Volkswagen?
The 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI has a starting MSRP of $27,595 and includes standard features like VW Car-Net® App-Connect and a VAQ front limited-slip differential. Features like a blind spot monitor, adaptive cruise control, and an 8-inch touchscreen sound system become available as you move up the line. No matter the trim, you can expect performance-oriented handling and excellent fuel economy at a reasonable price. Here are the Golf GTI prices:
- 2019 VW Golf GTI S: Starting from $27,595
- 2019 VW Golf GTI Rabbit Edition: Starting from $28,895
- 2019 VW Golf GTI SE: Starting from $31,795
- 2019 VW Golf Autobahn: Starting from $35,995
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