Volvo releases new performance-orientated R-Design versions of the S60, V60 and XC60

Volvo has unveiled new R-Design versions of its S60, V60 and XC60 models at the New York motor show.

The manufacturer claims that the new cars deliver "an outstanding blend of renewed sports appearance and a dynamic driving-focused chassis."

All three feature unique front-end styling, a matt black grille and a 'silk metal' diagonal Volvo emblem. LED daytime running lights are standard, and fitted to the outer corners. The rear end of each car benefits from a diffuser and different exhaust tailpipes. 

Inside you each new R-Design model gets sports seats as standard, with part leather trim, and a black headliner. Buyers can specify full leather seats, however. Volvo's 'Adaptive Digital Display' is fitted, offering three display modes - Elegance, Eco and Performance.

Minor R-Design cues are integrated into the cabin, including embroidered R-design logos on the seats, which Volvo claims emphasises the distinctive R-Design aura.

The engine range for the new models ranges from efficient 114bhp 1.6-litre 'D2' diesels to a 300bhp turbocharged straight-six 'T6' petrol. T6 buyers can increase their engine's output to 325bhp by specifying a factory-approved Polestar software upgrade.

T6 models also benefit from a faster-shifting automatic transmission. In the S60 T6 this helps cut the 0-62mph time from 6.1sec to 5.9sec, with similar improvements experienced by other T6-engined variants.

It's not just the engine and cosmetics that are tweaked, however. The R-Design Sport chassis sits 15mm lower than the Dynamic option , in the S60 and V60, and the spring stiffness is increased by 15 per cent.

"The driving experience should be so connected that it boosts the dynamics without making the chassis feel too raw", said Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President of research and development at Volvo. 

S60 and V60 R-Design models further benefit from rear monotube dampers, stiffer bushes and structural improvements to improve body control and response times. The XC60 R-Design chassis is also stiffer than the standard car, and gets more sports-orientated suspension and anti-roll bars.

The new S60V60 and XC60 R-Design will be offered in the UK. Volvo expects that over 30 per cent of UK buyers will opt for these cars.

Doug Speck, senior vice president of marketing, sales and service at Volvo, stated "The new R-Design models are a perfect match for performance-minded individuals with a passion for exquisite details".

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27 March 2013

They 've put mr potatoe head mostache on the front bumper!

27 March 2013

in summary: "R-design will also be available on facelifted Volvo models - similar alloys and other features as before. end of press release".

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