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The red I in GTI is meant to indicate the car is a petrol turbo as oppose to a 2.0 8v or 1.8 20v

Only the anniversary diesels have GTI on them all the others are badged TDI.

But the badges are that easy to remove and change you cant really trust anything you see written on the back of a golf.
 

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afaic, and as said above and many times over the years, the badges mean little

1) the dealers put them on randomly

2) owners mix and match them irrespective of the car.

'I' has tradionally always stood for injection, hence the acronym, gti : 'grand touring injectiong'
 

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Normally the easy way to check if it is a Diesel when not running (or overtaking and can't hear it) is to have a quick look at the exhaust pipe - they are hidden and curved down on VW diesels.... easy to check when looking at the badge.
 

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The GTI means it is turbo. However, not all turbos have a GTI, some are just badged GTI, much like the 2.0 and 1.8 NA 16v engines.

It has nothing to do with being a diesel, unless badged TDI (etc), or on an anniversary Golf which were labled GTI. Also the 2.0 and 1.8 NA 16v engines were never available with a GTI badge.

Obviously people can just change the badges at thier own accord aswell.
 

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Normally the easy way to check if it is a Diesel when not running (or overtaking and can't hear it) is to have a quick look at the exhaust pipe - they are hidden and curved down on VW diesels.... easy to check when looking at the badge.
There like this on the 1.8T Golf's too, and I'm pretty sure many other petrol VW's.
 

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afaic, and as said above and many times over the years, the badges mean little

1) the dealers put them on randomly

2) owners mix and match them irrespective of the car.

'I' has tradionally always stood for injection, hence the acronym, gti : 'grand touring injectiong'
as seraph has said, this question comes up many times and there is no answer except its completely random, whatever the dealer decided to stick on, I've got a turbo with silver gti, other people have 2.0 with gti
 

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youve prob both seen both combinations, and others have seen many other combinations.

As i said, Dealers put the badge combinations on at their discretion, and consequent owners are even less scrupulous.

You could see the badges in literally any combination - i have!
 

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They're put on randomly by users and dealers but I think the accepted convention is that the red "I" is mean't to represent the more powerful version. eg. 2.0L GTI likely to have all silver badge, the 1.8T is likely to have a red "I" (or not, depending on how the dealer was feeling on that day!)

Anyway, it's all academic becasue people put them on randomly anyway!

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Mine came out of the garage as GTI, and remember the press cars being like that at the time.

One other way i've been told to tell the difference between a turbo'd GTI (petrol or diesel) and a 2.0 GTI, is that the turbo'd ones have 3 headrests in the back and the others didn't
 

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As they've all said,completely dependent on what the badges the dealer has at that time that are sort of right for the car.My Golf 1.8 20 valve N/A (not 16 valve as was mentioned) only has "1.8" on the tailgate and no GTi badges anywhere,yet I see the same model and year regularly that has only a "GTi" badge on it.

Chris.
 
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