Since it debuted, style has been the main calling card of the TT. The current iteration continues that tradition, but pulls off the rare feat of adhering to the philosophy that guided the original without aping exact lines or details. The result is a car that clearly has lineage to the original yet is not retro or outdated.
While the old TT's design theme has been retained, the new one has embellished it with modern and more aggressive detailing. The fender arches sitting abreast rather than flush with the fenders, a large black upright grill that insinuates menace and power, and a more sloping roof rather than the bubble-top worn by the original; all this helps the current TT imply performance with a more assertive tone than it's predecessors.
Inside, the idea of sleek minimalism reigns. There is no traditional infotainment screen in the center stack; instead, all commands are toggled via the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster unit, which is operated by either buttons on the steering wheel or a touchpad mounted on the center console. This interface can be upgraded with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and Audi Connect online services as part of the $3,500 Technology Package.
If the impressive graphics of the infotainment system don't catch your eye, the beautiful HVAC vents with miniature screens in their center will. They also are the most aviation-inspired detail of the well-trimmed cockpit-style interior. Though there are two back seats, don't expect to shove full-size adults in there for long trips, as it is simply too small. The front seats, though, are very comfortable, and look exceptionally premium when upholstered in the optional leather hides with quilted stitching. Trunk space is unsurprisingly limited; 12.0 cubic feet in the coupe, and just 7.5 cubes in the roadster.