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Agree with Sarge on the debate as to what constitutes a GTI; I don't think that the car necessarily has to be petrol. I still think the GTI moniker is correct for the Golf (or similar type of car) because its the larger sports cars that truly carry the GT spirit (Ferrari 456GT, Maserati 3200GT, Aston Martin DB9 etc). The Golf GTI TDI may not be the real GTI that Dubswich says it's not but you can't deny that its the new GTI. I love my Golf GTI which is powered by a diesel and was badged GTI at the factory.........so there! [:p]

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My last Golf,a (99) 1.8T 150bhp was badged all silver GTI...My current Golf (04) GT TDI 150 bhp was badged TDI...I changed it to TDI however an earlier post on this subject says the GT TDI 150 should be badged GTI.?...Can anyone end this debate?.. Maybe VW shoulda put the bhp as the left side badge instead of the GTI/TDI nonsense... GOLF....................110 or 130 or 150 etc etc..I was well browned off when ppl reckoned I had the 130 just cos the badge said so.Another post on this very same subject said the dealers put whatever badge they had in stock on.I see a lot of golfs TDI with the single cut out (130) in the front black valance yet mine badged the same had the 3 cut outs (150) a,la 4 mo which adds credance to the dealer not really knowing/caring what badge he stuck on..Just to mix things up another post said dealers don,t badge em the factory does.Is the TDI 150 really called the GT TDI????.Or is this something some motoring journo made up.My nephew reckons that his mates dad,s Golf is faster than mine cos his badge says GT TDI.!!!! I give up.......seriously considering de-badging.
 

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My last Golf,a (99) 1.8T 150bhp was badged all silver GTI...My current Golf (04) GT TDI 150 bhp was badged TDI...I changed it to TDI however an earlier post on this subject says the GT TDI 150 should be badged GTI.?...Can anyone end this debate?.. Maybe VW shoulda put the bhp as the left side badge instead of the GTI/TDI nonsense... GOLF....................110 or 130 or 150 etc etc..I was well browned off when ppl reckoned I had the 130 just cos the badge said so.Another post on this very same subject said the dealers put whatever badge they had in stock on.I see a lot of golfs TDI with the single cut out (130) in the front black valance yet mine badged the same had the 3 cut outs (150) a,la 4 mo which adds credance to the dealer not really knowing/caring what badge he stuck on..Just to mix things up another post said dealers don,t badge em the factory does.Is the TDI 150 really called the GT TDI????.Or is this something some motoring journo made up.My nephew reckons that his mates dad,s Golf is faster than mine cos his badge says GT TDI.!!!! I give up.......seriously considering de-badging.
Anything that reads TDI denotes the 150bhp version. Excepting the Anni TDI (which has always been badged GTI), the first few Golfs launched with the 150bhp TDI engine were badged GTI. Now I think they are all badged a combination of TDI, GTI, or just even GTI. And as you are probably aware, quite a few people change the badging anyway - I've seen a 110 GT TDI with TDI on the back! A 150bhp diesel Golf should look different because it has the 16" Montreal II alloys and the centre headrest which came as standard. Confusing right?
 
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