R-design Volvo S60s and XC60s for 2012 feature a power boost of 21bhp and chassis revisions

Volvo announced at the New York motor show that its 2012 R-design Volvo S60 and XC60 versions will feature more power than the outgoing version when they go on sale at the end of summer in America.

The revised turbocharged T6 petrol engine for both models produces 321bhp and 354lb ft of torque – up by 21bhp and 29lb ft – with maximum torque delivered from 3000 revs.

See pics of the 2012 Volvo R-design S60 and XC60

Power is driven through all four wheels via the firm’s second-gen six-speed automatic gearbox, which has also been fettled with for less friction and smoother changes.

Other upgrades for the new hardcore 2012 versions include changes to the chassis, strut brace under the bonnet and ‘monotube’ dampers for the S60 R-Design, which replace the previous version’s twin-tube dampers. Suspension is also lowered for a more aggressive stance.

Volvo's North America chief Doug Speck said: “The jump in performance will re-define these two R-Design models. Along with styling and suspension features that set them apart from other versions, our two newest R-Design models will have a higher 'fun-to-drive' quotient. I see that as a positive thing, and so will car buyers.”

Prices for the revised R-design Volvo S60 start from $42,275 (£25,720), with the XC60 starting from $43,150 (26,250). No word has been given yet by Volvo of the more powerful engine's arrival to the UK market.

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