New XC60 R-Design gets exterior, interior and mechanical tweaks
XC60 R-Design further from upgraded suspension and stiffer anti-roll bars
The new R-Design models will be offered in the UK
T6-engined V60 R-Design can sprint from 0-62mph in 6.0sec
S60 R-Design's chassis sits 15mm lower on stiffer springs
Exterior changes include new front-end styling and a rear diffuser
LED daytime running lights are standard
Interior changes include R-Design logos embroidered into the seats and a black headliner
T6-engined versions are available with a Polestar tuning kit that adds more power
It's thought that over 30 per cent of UK buyers will opt for the R-Design models
Volvo hopes that the new R-Design cars will attract younger buyers
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.
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".