Sports model will go on sale in November
15 September 2009

Volvo has launched an R-design variant of the XC60 at the Frankfurt show, due to reach the UK in November.

The Volvo XC60 R-design has a tuned chassis to offer a more sporty drive and sharper driving characteristics. Volvo claims its changes have made the handling more dynamic and the styling more distinctive.

See the Volvo XC60 R-design picture gallery

Dynamic changes include a quicker steering rack and stiffer dampers, while its ride height remains the same.

A range of exterior and interior styling changes have been made. These include twin chrome tailpipes, aluminium sills, a new metal grille, metal door mirror housings and 18-inch alloy wheels. 20-inch Cratus alloy wheels are an option.

Inside, the XC60 R-design gets new sports seats, unique leather upholstery, aluminium pedals, new dials, and a leather steering wheel and gear shift.

Volvo has yet to confirm any prices for the new model, but expect it to cost from £30,000 when it goes on sale.

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Volvo XC60

Volvo is justifiably proud of its different approach, and the usable, attractive XC60 is good enough to stand out in a very able compact SUV crowd

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