The world of motor vehicles has always acclaimed Volkswagen as one of the time-tested brands to ever grace the automotive world. This is especially true of the Golf and Golf GTI models. The latter is a latter-day version of the original with wider interiors than the original and an engine placement design that optimizes the central part of the vehicle. This is unlike its predecessor which has a front engine placement. The following are the main points highlighting the difference between Golf and Golf GTI.
While Golf comes with a turbocharged engine, that of Golf GTI is dual turbocharged though the latest generation, the Mark VII, comes with a one-turbo version with a higher capacity than all its progenitors. The latter also has received boosted performance levels of up to 200bhp over those of the existing design. There are also modifications in the hull of the GTI so that the engine can fit snugly in the central part of this seventh version of the car. For this reason, the current generation has a greater width than its predecessor in order to offer better accommodation. The location of the motor in the middle of the car is also with a view to improve the stability and bring a grounding effect during a drive.
Wheel Drive Differences
Another notable difference between Golf and Golf GTI is that the former enjoys two different means of wheel placement per car including a front-wheel or a 4WD mechanism. The latter version, on the other hand, comes with a powerful back-wheel drive, powered by an automatic ignition system. It provides firm traction on the ground.
The other difference between Golf and Golf GTI is that the latter has better fuel efficiency due to its flexible diesel injection technology. This can be either direct or through diverse injection points, which allows the exhaust system to circulate the fumes evenly and thus reduce the carbon footprint on the road. Sources show that the overall percentage of improvement in fuel sustainability of this latest generation is 18 percent over the original models.
Thus, the difference between Golf and Golf GTI lies in three areas, the make, the engine specifications and the fuel configuration. While the former has a thinner hull, the latter features a wider body to accommodate an engine that is centrally placed. The original offers two wheel options including the front and 4WD configurations, while the new version offers a back-wheel mechanism. In terms of fuel sustainability, the current generation scores over its progenitor. Both models, however, can operate on electric motors.