Volvo is considering introducing R-Design and stop/start versions of the S80 executive saloon by next year.
Unlike most other models in the range, Volvo has avoided giving the S80 the R-Design treatment, which traditionally includes tweaked suspension, body styling and a sports interior.
But product manager Chris Wailes told Autocar the introduction of the £500 R-Design interior pack on the car was to test customers’ reaction to a full-blown, standalone version.
If there is enough interest in a sports-themed S80 Volvo will create a bodykit, with downforce-inducing rear spoiler, a deeper, more aggressive front bumper, and possibly sculpted side sills.
The S80 range has recently been treated to a “lowered dynamic’ chassis which would negate the need for an R-Design suspension.
“We will gauge reaction before we bring out a full R-Design for the S80,” said Wailes.
Start/stop has recently been introduced to a number of Volvo models, including the C30 and S40, and Wailes says it is possible to fit the system to the S80.