What Does GTI Stand for on VW Models?

Close up of the GTI badge on a VW

GTI stands for Grand Tourer Injection–a type of direct fuel injection–but your research shouldn’t end there. Grand Touring Injection technology has been made available on a range of performance-focused hatchbacks, but its most famous application is the Volkswagen Golf GTI. Today, the Volkswagen Golf GTI relies on more advanced FSI® (Fuel Stratified Injection) and TSI® (Turbo Stratified Injection) technology, but it’s still known affectionately by its original name.

You know what GTI stands for on a VW, so now it’s time to dig a little deeper. What is GTI technology going to do to improve your daily drives? Learn about the performance benefits of direct fuel injection and get up-close and personal with the current Golf GTI today!

What is GTI Technology Designed to Do?

GTI is a type of direct fuel injection, and direct fuel injection is–first and foremost–a more efficient mode of fuel consumption. The FSI® and TSI® technologies improve upon the classic GTI system, but both are based on the GTI technology that was developed long ago.

When you choose a model with these advanced direct fuel injection systems, you’ll enjoy:

  • Higher quotients of horsepower and torque
  • Cleaner emissions and less wasted fuel
  • Improved fuel economy

Grand Tourer Injection technology was first developed for use in Italian Gran Turismo sports cars, designed to offer peerless performance over long distances. Volkswagen first employed GTI technology in June of 1976, just 15 years after it was first introduced–and almost 20 years before other direct injection technologies would become more common. Naturally, the Volkswagen Golf GTI has been a mainstay in their lineup ever since. 

How Much is a GTI Volkswagen? 

The VW Golf GTI is beloved by performance enthusiasts from Albuquerque, NM to Van Horn, but how much is a GTI Volkswagen model, anyway? Here’s the current price list:

  • 2021 VW Golf GTI S: $28,695 MSRP*
  • 2021 VW Golf GTI SE: $32,665 MSRP*
  • 2021 VW Golf Autobahn: $36,945 MSRP*

Price is just one of the factors that has made the Golf GTI so popular, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t cover a few of the most impressive 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI specs.

The standard 2.0L TSI® inline-4 turbocharged engine delivers:

  • 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque
  • 23 city / 30 highway EPA-Estimated MPG
  • VAQ front limited-slip differential
  • Drive Mode Selection
  • 6-speed manual transmission or 7-speed DSG® automatic transmission
  • Available DCC® adaptive chassis control

Almost 50% of today’s production vehicles utilize some form of direct fuel injection, and this number has climbed rapidly since 2008. But if you’re looking for a genuine “hot hatchback,” you still have every reason to prefer the model with history on its side. 

Shop for the VW Golf GTI at Rudolph Volkswagen of El Paso

The Volkswagen Golf GTI is a force to be reckoned with! Now that you know what it’s offering, visit our dealership near Las Cruces, NM and find out how this model handles the roads of El Paso. Our new VW Golf GTI inventory awaits! Contact us today to learn more.

*Starting MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price. Specifications, equipment, options, and prices are subject to change without notice. Some items may be unavailable when vehicle is built. Ask your dealer about availability of options and verify that the vehicle includes the equipment you ordered.

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