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STYLING | 8 out of 10
sharper...more angular lines and crisper edges
dramatic Bauhaus styling
Car and Driver
both [roadster and coupe] combine beauty, art and performance
sleek and bulbous and minimalist at once
Kelley Blue Book
The 2008 Audi TT has all the hallmarks of a sportscar in terms of styling. Car and Driver's description of Bauhaus styling is a common refrain, but the Audi TT has changed its shape significantly this year; it’s more sportscarlike than cute. Almost six inches longer, the new Audi TT has “gone from cute to sinister, with furrowed brows and a large mouth that evoke Audi's newest phenomenon, the R8 supercoupe,” Cars.com notes. The edges are a little crisper, while the front end is a little taller, Car and Driver remarks. And the rear end has a "three-dimensional effect" in the design of the taillights, the Detroit News reports.
The Bauhaus influence is again discernible when it comes to the TT Audi's interior: its "functional simplicity," as interpreted by The Auto Channel. According to the New York Times, “inside, the TT feels sports-car intimate without being crowded, and Audi’s tradition of handsome accommodations continues.” Car and Driver notes that the “overall interior effect isn't as dramatic a statement as that of the original TT,” while Edmunds.com reports that the "handsomely executed interior" makes the observer forget the Audi TT's "rather humble VW Golf roots.”
The 2008 Audi TT gets a little tougher and meaner in its second generation, losing some of its high-art influences.