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The GT abbreviation, so popular across the automotive industry, traces to the Italian tradition of referring to their luxury performance cars as gran turismo. Manufacturers such as Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and Lancia led the way starting from the end of 1920s.
Among the many variations of GT are:
- GTO (Gran Turismo Omologato) a homologated car for racing (used by Ferrari, Pontiac and Mitsubishi).
- GTS (Gran Turismo Spider) a convertible GT car. For example the Ferrari 348 GTS.
- GTS (Gran Turismo Sport) a four-door saloon. For example the HSV GTS.
- GTB (Gran Turismo Berlinetta) a coupe style GT. For example the Ferrari 328 GTB.
- GTV (Gran Turismo Veloce) a fast GT car. For example the Alfa Romeo GTV6.
- GTI or GTi (Gran Turismo Iniezione) a fuel injected GT, first used on the 1961 Maserati 3500 GTI.
- GTE (Grand Touring Estate) An estate wagon GT. For example the Reliant Scimitar GTE
- GT/E (Einspritzung - German for fuel injection) used on the Opel Manta GT/E.
- GTA (Gran Turismo Alleggerita (lightened)/Automatic) For example the Alfa Romeo GTA (Allegerita), Ferrari 456 GTA (Automatic). An example of use of the abbreviation on a car not usually considered a GT is the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII GT-A, where the A means Automatic.
- GTAm (Gran Turismo Alleggerita Modificata) a modified, lightened GT car such as the Alfa Romeo GTAm.
- GTC (Gran Turismo Compressore/Compact/Cabriolet/Coupe/Crossover) for example Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GTC (Compressore), Bentley Continental GTC (Cabriolet), Ferrari 330 GTC and Opel Astra GTC (Coupe), Opel Antara GTC (Crossover)
- GTD (Gran Turismo Diesel), used by Volkswagen in sport oriented Golf version and Peugeot in lowered Diesel 505 models.
- GTR or GT-R, (Gran Turismo Racing), as in the McLaren F1 GTR, Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR, Nissan Skyline GT-R and Nissan GT-R
- HGT (High Gran Turismo), used by Fiat in sport oriented cars version.
Gran Turismo Omologato (G.T.O) means Grand Tourer Omologation, basically a car that has this approved can be entered into racing events such as le mans or stock car racing.
Kawasaki GTO has no relation to Term "GT" Gran Turismo infact Kawasaki GT series is 1 of the model range for their street bikes.
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then what is meant by the term GT by Kawasaki
Not only Kawasaki but Suzuki had GT series as well