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What is a GT Car?

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Soul Reaver

Original Poster:

456 posts

97 months

Thursday 25th August 2011
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I looked at the wiki and it says this:

A grand tourer (Italian: gran turismo) (GT) is a high-performance luxury automobile designed for long-distance driving. The most common format is a two-door coupé with either a two-seat or a 2+2 arrangement.

Grand tourers differ from standard two-seat sports cars in typically being engineered as larger, and heavier, while emphasizing comfort over straight-out performance or spartan accommodations.

I'm not sure I would class a TVR or Lotus as that myself LOL! Is my Renault Clio a GT car? That's a luxury automobile designed for long distance driving.

I am being tongue in cheek but I am interested to know where the line is drawn.

stinkysteve

732 posts

102 months

Thursday 25th August 2011
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So starts a debate...... Someone more authoritative than me will answer, but to start things off:

Lotus Elise = Sportscar

TVR Tamora = Sportscar
TVR T350 = Sports coupe
TVR Cerbera = GT

Clio = Hatchback

To me a GT car is a luxurious fast 2 door, saloon car. i.e coupe.

If it's fast but not heavy and luxurious it's a Sportscar.

If it's got 4 doors it's a saloon, 3 or 5 doors it's a hatch. God only knows why i'm typing this.

Kevin VRs

6,175 posts

185 months

Thursday 25th August 2011
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To add a few more:

Jag XK8 or R = GT
Aston V12V = Sports Car
Aston DB9 = GT

Renault Clio = shopping trolley a.k.a. hatchback wink

Soul Reaver

Original Poster:

456 posts

97 months

Thursday 25th August 2011
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Shopping trolley indeed. Good job I am not emotionally attached, I love my little Clio smile Im quite sure it will be quick! But yes I am interested in building a GT car next.

Northern Munkee

4,739 posts

105 months

Friday 26th August 2011
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Shopping trolley is unkind, while one should not, try to analyse to closely, shirley the Clio is a tin top, and as such is a Touring Car. Admittedly a small one.

GT=2 door, 2 seat coupe, I.e with a fixed roof, or at a stretch 2+2 seating, or with no roof. I would have said large capacity more than 4 cyclinderd, but really I think large power output, would be more appropriate in these turbo charged, electronic fuel injection days.
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Transmitter Man

3,882 posts

129 months

Monday 7th November 2011
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I own a poor man's GT car.

Large, front engined, rear wheel drive V8. Full size rear seat and a boot that carries more than a handbag.

De Tomaso Longchamp

Phil


nismo48

483 posts

112 months

Sunday 8th January 2012
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cool
Transmitter Man said:
I own a poor man's GT car.

Large, front engined, rear wheel drive V8. Full size rear seat and a boot that carries more than a handbag.

De Tomaso Longchamp

Phil

Fantuzzi

3,297 posts

51 months

Monday 30th April 2012
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In terms of Racing, I think there is a description in either the FIA or ACO.

Otherwise, I've always taken it as a sporty 2+2 with a balance of both dynamic ability and comfort.

If always thought that it should be able to do long distance travel with great comfort and speed. GT cars should be able to do the orignal grand tours of the 19th century, take you from Oxford to Florence for some cultural stimulation, then back home along some swiss mountain pass' for some petrolhead stimulation!


PAFC OK

5 posts

42 months

Wednesday 14th November 2012
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My RX8 PZ is, apparently, a GT car. Comfort and handling? Yes! 2+2? Yes! Two door? Mmmm? Powerful? Could do with more! More than four cylinders? Ha ha....most definitely NO! Does the job though.

lakerville

1 posts

44 months

Thursday 15th November 2012
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GT Cars vary in my opinion.

They do not need to necessarily be Petrol engines.

However they should have that luxury feeling on doing a long journey.


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