A wonderful mix of old and new.
Audi has a lot to celebrate this year, with a number of big anniversaries of key models and events throughout the brand's history. One of these involves the Audi TT - it's been 25 years since the coupe concept that morphed into the first-generation TT was shown at the 1995 Frankfurt Motor Show. The original TT remains one of the most iconic designs ever, with its smooth, rounded surfaces. It has aged remarkably well.
The TT was eventually launched in 1998 and a big fan of Audi design from this era is automotive designer Jordan Gendler. Based in the UK, Gendler decided to create a modern Audi GT Concept that uses similar styling cues to the first-gen TT, but with several important differences.
His GT uses similarly smooth, rounded surfaces to the first TT. By contrast, today's TT has sharper edges and a more masculine overall appearance. If we could think of this concept's polar opposite, it'd probably be the Tesla Cybertruck. Gendler's low-slung design also has a high beltline and a narrow glasshouse, but it differs by using recessed headlights. And at the back, there is a fastback design that is a lot different from the TT's coupe-like shape.
On his Instagram page, Gendler admits that he is usually too lazy to design wheels, but the eight-spoke items he has come up with here look great. The rear lights also stretch across the width of the body, with individual lighting elements arranged in two rows. Like the front, the Audi rings are illuminated.
An interesting touch is a two-tone body, which has metallic paint on the upper half and carbon-fiber lower down. Of course, unlike the TT, this GT Concept has four doors - interestingly, there are continued rumors of a four-door Audi TT. Perhaps the closest current vehicle that Audi has to this would be the A7, although stylistically, the latter follows current trends with its more geometric, less rounded lines.
Gendler didn't go so far as to design an interior, but if it had anything in common with the original TT, that would be a good place to start. As a throwback to the original TT and a vision of what a larger, Audi GT fastback could look like, we'd be fully on board if Audi ever decided to make something similar.