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 |  Oct 01 2013, 4:45 PM

2. Volvo S60 R-Design

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It may sound like the Germans and Japanese have a monopoly on luxury and driving fun but that’s not the case. Preventing total axis hegemony are brands like Cadillac and Volvo. Yes, believe it or not the Swedish automaker best known for safety and boxy styling actually fields a premium performance machine.

The Volvo S60 R-Design is a tuned-up version of the brand’s mainline S60 sedan, a handsome, upscale car in its own right. Thanks to special tuning from Swedish performance-company Polestar the R-Design’s 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six gets a 25 horespower bump at a fat wad of extra torque compared to the standard car. Tallying the changes it has 325 ponies and 354 lb-ft of twist.

Of course other beneficial upgrades have been made as well, the most significant of which involve the suspension. R-Designs have shorter, stiffer springs, new shock absorbers and larger front sway bars to name a few of the tweaks.

But one thing that’s unchanged is the transmission. All S60s feature a “Geartronic” six-speed automatic. Of course we think the car should offer a stick shift but if it’s got to have a slusher it should at least be something up to date. How about an eight-speed unit, Volvo?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1753202192 Ng Soon Bin

    the only people that can afford those cars are in their retirement age…and they manual is not one of their priority. the marketing people knows this

  • http://lambright.com/ wayne lambright

    Cadillac is a dying breath of a turd.

  • Robert

    Judging by your photo in your avatar, you’ll probably die first from morbid obesity!

  • Kinetis

    The scion iQ and Acura TSX Wagon are affordable. I think the manufacturers don’t want ham fisted shifters ruining their beautiful engines.

  • Carla Sanders

    Wayne, I think Caddy is doing ok (if only because Bimmer has insane prices that have turned off even hardcore Bimmer fans). It’s Lincoln that’s dying.

  • http://lambright.com/ wayne lambright

    F U also

  • Robby G

    Cadillac is doing awesome right now. Sales keep going up and the products are world class.

  • Shiratori1

    One of the most pretentious, elitist, and idiotic boy racer articles that I have ever seen. FAIL!!!

  • Robert

    Oh, please! Put down the fork and get to a gym!

  • OllieProphet

    Article was spot on. Every good car can be made more fun to drive by the simple application of a manual transmission. Gas mileage and 0-60 aside, it just feels better to be part of the shifting decision, and the shifable ATs (I have two european versions…) don’t cut it. When it comes to economy cars, it is just criminal not to offer the more reliable and cheaper to repair MT. Shame on GM for not offering the MT in the new diesel Cruz. What were they thinking, especially when they have an MT on other models. It can’t be that much to certify a different configuration….
    PS- the Caddies are ridiculous. They look like an 8 year old designed them for a Bat Man comic book….

  • OllieProphet

    Ugly, overpriced plastic made by a company stolen from shareholders and given to socialist-leaning, union thugs by a communist-inspired president. Fail!, i.e. the GM Cadillac is not an automobile of my choosing, due to design inadequacies and institutional flaws.

  • AL

    This makes me wonder, did Cadillac EVER offer a stick shift on any of its cars? I can’t name a single one! The Allante? Nope. The lovely Seville from 1990? Nope. The insanely powerful CTSV? Still a flat no. If they offered it, I’d probably be driving a Cadillac now.

  • ColumWood

    You can get a six-speed manual in the CTS-V, coupe and sedan!

  • Dave Metcalf

    I think the Nissan GT-R should have a manual version. It is not right not to be able to shift with a clutch…