Performance-oriented versions of Volvo's luxurious S90 and V90 models will go on sale early next year

The new Volvo S90 and V90 range has been crowned by new R-Design versions, which will go on sale early next year.

These performance-oriented versions of Volvo's Audi A6, Jaguar XF and Mercedes-Benz E-Class rivals receive unique exterior styling, including a bespoke front grille, fog lights integrated into the front spoiler, and new alloy wheels. Volvo says it has also re-tuned the car's chassis to provide a more "energetic, road-hugging drive."

Read our Volvo S90 full review here

Inside, both cars get new trim options, a sports seats and steering wheel and new interior lighting. Order books for both models are open now, but deliveries aren't expected until later in the year.

Volvo hasn't released official pricing for the R-Design models, but they're expected to command a significant premium over the regular S90 and V90, which are priced from £32,555 and £34,555 respectively. 

Prices of around £38,500 for the S90 R-Design and around £40,500 for the V90 R-Design are likely and are in keeping with Volvo's current pricing structure.

Volvo Senior Vice President for marketing and customer service Björn Annwall said: "R-Design delivers an edge to our elegant estate and sedan models in our 90 Series, with a winning combination of a sportier, more responsive drive with clearly visible performance styling.” 

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22 June 2016
Any self respecting male driver ( no I am not knocking the ladies - they may well go for the design) would turn the other way. All this baloney of trim and tweaks at an exaggerated cost - to compete with what!!! Are you kidding us Volvo? NO MENTION of the weedy 4 pot they have hung their trousers on. Who would have believed a Chinese Volvo !!!

what's life without imagination

22 June 2016
5wheels wrote:

Any self respecting male driver ( no I am not knocking the ladies - they may well go for the design) would turn the other way.

Bellend of the week!


22 June 2016
The interior looks so old mannish compared to the XC90 which looks fresh and modern. Its amazing how much difference the details make. Maybe the R Design should have a de chroming option inside.

22 June 2016
£40,000 for a big (tick), luxury(tick) that only comes with a 4 pot 2.0 diesel engine (CROSS) = no thanks!

 

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22 June 2016
Other luxury brands have sold with rubbish engines, The Range Rover Evoque springs to mind. But £5000 for a body kit just to make it look decent? £3000 for an upgraded stereo?

What a shame.

22 June 2016
Biter wrote:

Other luxury brands have sold with rubbish engines,....

I can see the bill board "Other luxury brands have sold with rubbish engines"

 

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22 June 2016
Reality these days is that most cars sold in this class (5 series, A6, E class) roll out of the showroom with a 4 pot diesel. I don't like it either, but it's the way it is, in Europe at least. Often in sporty S-line, or M spec, so Volvo are completely on point here whether we like it or not. And the power outputs are competitive with the other brands. Some of the others may also offer even higher output options, but the sales are probably only a couple of percent.

In other markets there's the T6 (300+ bhp) and the T8 will follow. I personally find stop/start on an auto quite annoying, so believe hybridisation is the way forward - perfect in town and gives a torque boost when you need it out of town.

Anyway, I'd take a V90 in inscription spec.

22 June 2016
Quit whingeing...Polestar will be along shortly to add to the power, but that's missing the point of the 90. It's a deliberate 180degree from the pumped-up steroid German lot. And that's great. We need a variety of choice, rather than 5 OEMs desperately doing their own take on AMG or M.

22 June 2016
michael knight wrote:

Quit whingeing...Polestar will be along shortly to add to the power, but that's missing the point of the 90. It's a deliberate 180degree from the pumped-up steroid German lot. And that's great. We need a variety of choice, rather than 5 OEMs desperately doing their own take on AMG or M.

Completely agree.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

22 June 2016
michael knight wrote:

Quit whingeing...Polestar will be along shortly to add to the power,...

Then you’ll have a tuned 4 pot 2.0 diesel for £45,000. I'd rather have a 2.0 turbo'd petrol engine with a £2,000 less purchase price and suffer the running costs. Still each to own but it would be nice to have options!

 

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