The all-new S60 and V60 have been in production for only four short months but Volvo is already making their sportier counterparts, which the Swedish carmaker will present at the Paris Motor Show.
"The all-new S60 and V60 are our sportiest models ever," said Magnus Jonsson, senior vice president of product development at Volvo Cars. "With R-Design they are even sharper. They're the natural choice for true connoisseurs."
To make the R-Design models stand out, the cars come with a redesigned front grille painted in glossy piano black. At the rear, twin exhaust tailpipes sandwich a distinctive diffuser. Capping off the exterior's kit are five-spoke 18-inch Diamond cut wheels that emphasizes the car's sporty appeal.
Inside, the backrest of the driver and front passenger sport seats have been fitted with all-new seat cushions, which Volvo said provide closer side support compared to the front seats of the standard models.
Beyond the upgraded looks and comfort features, Volvo engineers also tweaked the chassis of the R-Design S60 and V60 to make them even more sporty and dynamic than their standard siblings.
Volvo has added a strut bar under the bonnet and replaced twin-tube dampers at the rear with a monotube type to stiffen up the body structure. The front and rear springs of the new R-Design Volvos have also been shortened by 15 millimeter and stiffened by 15 percent to give the car more attitude.
"The all-new S60 and V60 mark the beginning of a new approach to our successful R-Design," Jonsson said. "We've gone one step further this time, with our sights set on creating a cohesive whole, an integrated blend of sporty looks and an exciting drive. They take our quest for authentic sportiness another step forward."
Volvo said R-Design models account for up to 25 percent of its overall sales.
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