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There used to be a time when an “R” badge on a Volvo meant it was very special, a time when a former Formula-One racing team by the name TWR, tweaked a humble Volvo sedan and wagon into an autobahn missile.
More recently though, Volvo had ditched the idea of a true performance model and instead decided to turn its “R” division from racing to just cosmetics.
Now it seems Volvo is about to once again inject a bit more racing into its R-design products. For 2012, you’ll be able to order your S60 sedan or XC60 SUV with an R-Design package, and it will offer more than just a new pair of shiny rims and ground effects body work. No, this R-design package will come with some extra punch. Volvo has tweaked its T6 motor to now produce 325-hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. That is an improvement of 9% over the standard model. That might not sound like much, but any improvement in performance is always a welcome one.
With the added performance comes some added exterior styling thanks to ground effects, a new exhaust and a rear spoiler. Unique R-Design exclusive five-spoke 18-inch diamond cut wheels also set it apart from the regular version.
The interior also gets a boost of style with sports seats, a sport steering wheel, sport shift knob, sport pedals and some blue dials which first showed up on the last generation S60 R.
The S60 R-Design will have a starting price of $42,275 and the XC60 R-Design will start at $43,150. So if you’ve been waiting for a sporty Volvo, these might just do the trick.
Volvo is adding even more style and a touch more performance to its new S60 and V60 models thanks to an optional R-Design package. Officially unveiled at the Paris Auto Show, the R-Spec package is available with any engine choice (in Europe anyway).
R-Design models are easily distinguishable by their new front-end, as well as an aggressive rear diffuser with twin exhaust pipes. Plus, there are special 18-inch five-spoke rims. Handling is then optimized thanks to a front strut brace, rear monotube shocks and lowering springs that drop the height of the sedan or wagon by 15mm.
Inside, there’s a more sport-oriented interior with new sport seats, an R-Design steering wheel, gear shifter, sport pedals and floor mats.
R-Design packages should be available at Volvo dealers in the U.S. shortly – although don’t plan on picking up a V60 R-Design as Volvo has yet to confirm the wagon for North America.
GALLERY: Volvo S60 R-Design
GALLERY: Volvo V60 R-Design
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