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Car Spec names

Discussion in 'Motors' started by pdw8, 5 Feb 2006.

  1. pdw8

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    I've often wondered what all the names and acronyms mean on cars. Things like GT I thought was Grand Tourer but then what is GTi? I mean you can't call a Pug 106GTi a Grand Tourer??
    Others are:
    RS - as in Ford, Porsche and Audi is it Rally Sport?
    VRS - Skoda
    XR - Ford and Peugeot
    TD = Turbo Diesel
    RX - Mazda
    GL - Many
    GLX - Many
    ST - Ford

    And many more. Anyone help with explanations?
     
  2. thedazman67

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    ST in ford i think means Sports Technology.

    thedazman
     
  3. [TW]Fox

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    GT = Grand Tourer
    GTi = Grand Tourismo (injection)

    Yes, subtle difference in name huge difference in meaning.

    Don't know about Audi but Ford RS = Rallye Sport.

    For Peugeot at least it's merely a middling trim level with no real meaning.

    These originally came from terms like Luxe, Grand Luxe, etc but eventually evolved into largely meaningless distinctions between models in the same range.
     
  4. lordrobs

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    Stands for something like Rotary Experimental or there abouts at least.

    Please feel free to laught at me if i'm wrong.

    O/T Fox: RE: your sig. I thought the RSAP was the stick on tat (your words) or do you infact have neons, a butane flamer kit and Lax Power stickers? ;) :p
     
  5. energy

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    RS on the rump of a Porsche would stand for "Rennsport" (=racing), as I presume would be the case for Audis
     
  6. Rotty

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    Any one remember the very first turbo diesel Fiat Tipos that arrived in the UK

    The badge on the back read Tipo TurD :p

    Fiat UK were not impressed and it was changed before any reached the customers
     
  7. Rotty

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    STi in a scooby is Subaru Technica International
     
  8. The Running Man

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    i thought that ST for ford, or definately for Vauxhall meant

    Super Tourer?
     
  9. [TW]Fox

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    Nope, that was just for some sort of special version of the previous Vectra, they did a Super Touring version.
     
  10. MrMatteh

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    I can tell you that for renaults, RN RL and RT are just different specs (RT being the highest)

    Renault i assume :D
     
  11. Slackworth

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    Can't beat Vauxhall for dodgy names. Expression, Active etc. :p

    Only one which makes any reasonable sense is the SRi and GSi
     
  12. vanpeebles

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    mk1 fiesta sandpiper for the win!11!1 :p
     
  13. [TW]Fox

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    I guess they make sense in the sense that SRi = Sales Rep inside? ;)
     
  14. vanpeebles

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    a nice long one is daihatsu cuore avanzato tr-xx r4 :)
     
  15. PardonTheWait

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    GTE is Grand Touring Estate afaik but there's bugger all of them about these days. Our Scimitar was a GTE :cool:
     
  16. vanpeebles

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    astra gte? :confused:
     
  17. Zip

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    With BMWs,
    Is the last 2 numbers of there names the size of there engine?
    Like:
    318=1.8L
    325=2.5L
    330=3.0L

    Is this right or did i just get it all wrong?
     
  18. Enfield

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    I have a Peugeot 205 1.4i GT. Is it definetly Grand Tourer? There's nothing grand about a 205 with 5 doors :p
     
  19. nicRob

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    I think that's how it used to be, but now there's exceptions, e.g. the new 650 being 4.8 litres iirc, and the 535d is actually 3 litres
     
  20. Vertigo1

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    LOL, never heard that one before :D

    The one I always remember is that the MR2 is called the MR in France. Not sure if I'm allowed to swear in French on here so just say MR2 quickly in French ;) :D