What is it?
I know, I know - beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and all that. But come on. Just look at it. Allow yourself a moment to soak in the sight of the new Volvo V90 R-Design. To these eyes, at least, a truly spectacular piece of car design. Even better, as the sportiest of the V90 range, the new R-Design model gets more styling swagger with 15mm lowered ride height, a gloss black grille and bumper finish, matt silver door mirrors and some sharp-looking 18in alloys. You also get part-electric contour sports seats with leather and nubuck upholstery, amongst other jazzed-up interior bits.
Those springs haven’t just been shortened, they’ve been stiffened, too, and R-Design also gets different dampers to the rest of the range; passive monotube ones that deliver compression and rebound damping via a single valve. Adaptive dampers with rear air suspension can be added for £1500 which replaces the lowered sports suspension.