Hear "GTI" and you immediately think of Volkswagen's legendary hot hatch, however, VW doesn't have that name all to itself. Many manufacturers have called their cars "GTI," and one even beat Volkswagen to the punch. Here are ten GTIs that aren't Volkswagen.
Maserati beat Volkswagen to the punch by 15 years when it added mechanical fuel injection to its 3500 GT, giving the world the first GTi. Unfortunately, many owners ditched the finnicky Lucas fuel injection system for some good old Weber carbs.
Arguably the most famous non-GTI Volkswagen is this, the Peugeot 205 GTI. Peugeot has used the GTI moniker for a variety of hot hatchbacks, but the 205 GTI is a legend. Some say it's the best hot hatch of all time.
When Suzuki added electronic fuel injection to the Swift (also known as the Cultus in Japan), it also decided to call it the GTi. Volkswagen with the name, so in 1994, it became simply the Swift GT.
Rover's take on the GTi used a hot version of its so-called K-Series inline-four, an engine that later found a home in the first-generation Lotus Elise. It has a small cult following in the UK, but elsewhere, it's somewhat unkown.
Ok, so technically this GTI is a VW because it shares a platform with the Volkswagen Polo. We'll let that slide, though, since it was built in Spain, not Germany.
Yes, even Toyota got in on the GTi fun for the fourth and fifth-generation Celica. It was only sold in Europe with a 2.0-liter inline-four.
Citroën used the GTI name on a handful of its 1980s cars, but the CX was probably the most interesting of the lot. It was the hot version of Citroën's big, cushy family sedan, and could even be had with a turbo.
Daihatsu's interpretation of the GTi used a 1.6-liter inline-four making a little over 100 horsepower. It's predecessor, the GTti, is better known thanks to its 1.0-liter turbocharged triple that also made 100 horsepower.
Nissan's best known hot hatch is the rally-ready Pulsar GTI-R, but you could have it and the sedan version, the Sunny, in regular GTI trim. With all-wheel-drive and a hot turbocharged four, the GTI-R is the one to seek out.
There's not much info out there on this car, other than the fact that it exists. A says it used a 2.0-liter Opel engine producing 150 horsepower.