To help tell the story of the 256-horsepower 2012 Golf R, Volkswagen has enlisted aid from an unexpected quarter: hot rodder and kandy-kolored-tangerine-flake-inclined Chip Foose.

Turns out that Mr. Overhaulin' owned a 1985 Golf GTI and thought the world of it, and he engages in a couple minutes of reminiscing about his Mk II to prove it.

The video is after the jump, and there's a new Golf R Apple iPad app which should also help those of you looking for more interactive elements when digging into the history of one of the original hot hatches (we've included a video of the app after the jump, too).





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      Elmo
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's an awesome video. I love Chip Foose and his work. My favorites out of all his cars are the Shockwave, Impression, and the Foose Coupe (Hemisfear).
      Sukairain
      • 2 Years Ago
      Chip Foose - one of the greatest auto artist/designer/visionary you'll ever meet. I had the pleasure of meeting him once and he is a down to earth but very talented auto enthusiast. The sight of that Hemi-sphere still brings me chills, such a beautiful car, pure genius.
      Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I always thought there was some potential for an import version of Overhaulin'. Where they would tastefully modify and improve old VWs, Datsun's, BMWs, etc. Now that I see that Chip has a soft spot for VWs it might not be totally unreasonable.
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        There were actually 2 episodes in where they overhauled 2 imports. 1 was a Civic, and the other was a VW Minibus.
          KAG
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          The VW Minibus came out pretty awesome
      donnieorama
      • 2 Years Ago
      I miss the Mk. II, as well--the GTI is way too heavy and overpriced these days.
      Danaon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ugh, I like Chip Foose but he always wants the ugliest huge chrome wheels.
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Danaon
        Uh those aren't huge chrome wheels. Those are Compomotive Motorsports wheels, which have been used on numerous race cars in the past.
      Alex Butti
      • 2 Years Ago
      That is a really cool-touching video. I'm not a VW guy, but this vid reminds me the early years of Troy Lee Design. Very cool.
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      MK2 GTI done right is always sexy. Looks like he slapped some Compomotive rims on there, wonder what he is doing under the hood.
      Johnny Trailerpark
      • 2 Years Ago
      Those rims are gay.
        Kevin Gu
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Johnny Trailerpark
        Compomotive Motorsports are gay? I'm not even going to start...
        breakfastburrito
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Johnny Trailerpark
        Johnny Trailerpark knows they're gay, because he gave them a ******* last night.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Paul
      • 2 Years Ago
      He put the calipers on the wrong spot. what a poser :) Seriously though, he should totally build one. MK2 for life!
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