Sorry for starting on a bum note, but do we have permission to be slightly disappointed with the design of the new TT?
That’s up to you, but we’d understand if that was your gut reaction. On the other hand, as lead exterior designer Jurgen Loffler tells TG.com, ‘When you’ve come up with a car that looks like the TT, would you rip it up and start again?’
Fair point. At least it hasn’t ballooned in size – at 4.18m, it’s almost identical in length to the previous one, and it's the same height. There’s an extra 37mm in the wheelbase, more bootspace, and shorter overhangs. Matrix LED headlights are an option, and make the car look even angrier than the regular lamps. There’s also a wider range of colours but, predictably, the new TT looks best in a steely grey on 20in alloys, and a bit weedy in yellow. Jurgen admits to being a Porsche 911 fan, both in its original and latest 991 iterations. ‘I guess the TT is our 911,’ he adds, as a further justification for this nuanced third-gen take. Fingers crossed for a 553bhp twin turbo.