Definition of GTi in US English:



  • Denoting a high-performance car with a fuel-injected engine.

    ‘a Peugeot 205 GTi’
    • ‘Where it is a definite winner is in its performance, designed to be appreciated by GTi car drivers.’
    • ‘Only one engine gets the special GTi badge, a 2-litre 200 bhp FSi.’
    • ‘It is a small car with cute looks, the first to wear the famous GTi badge, and its punchy pocket rocket engine producing 125 bhp is a real adrenaline gusher.’
    • ‘With memories of the 205 GTi growing dimmer, Peugeot probably needed to do more to stay in the game than this.’
    • ‘The imminent arrival of the GTi version should further boost sales.’


  • A high-performance car with a fuel-injected engine.

    • ‘You could argue that the sport of ram-raiding would never have come into existence without the GTi.’
    • ‘The transverse layout and DSG gearbox of the GTi means the 4motion/quattro drive system can't be incorporated.’
    • ‘Although the GTi is all about performance it is still relatively high in the economy stakes, returning a combined figure of 38.2mpg, generally down to its lightweight and aerodynamic shape.’
    • ‘It has an army of loyal fans which consider the GTi to be the most fun you can have on four wheels.’
    • ‘However, in markets where English is the native language, for obvious reasons it will be called the GTi!’


1980s: from GT + i for injection.