Originally Posted by ElementW
The TT should have been retired honorably after the second generation and Audi should have started a fresh new sport model such as the Quattro concept coupe. As it stands, the TT design formula has long lost its novelty.
I fully agree. The first TT was design wise a game changer, and IMO still looks fresh, nearly concept car like. It#s drive was nothing special, based on the ratehr so so (in handling terms) PQ34 chassis, but that was not it's raison d'etre; To me, already the second generation had lost most of the magic, as it was a softened take on the first generation, but the much improved Mk. V underpinnings meant it at least drove much better, and it still did not look like any other Audi;
But the current gen, whilst undeniably driving good for a FWD compact car based coupe, just doesn't cut it; On the one hand, teh design has been even more dulled down and - even worse - aligned with the rest of the Audi line up, so lost it's originality, which was the main reason the TT was once created. Also, it is ridiculously expensive, and at the price point it sells, it competes with proper sports cars like a Porsche 718, hardcore stuff like an Alfa 4C or some Lotus, or proper RWD stuff like a BMW 2 series coupe with an inline 6(incl. a rather marvelous M2), if you fancy a everyday usable car; And at that price point, the Golf chassis will just not cut it. I agree, the Audi coupe car would have required a complete rethink by this generation latest....