Volvo reveals V60 R-Design trim  26 | 09 | 2018

    VOLVO HAS UNVEILED the R-Design version of its latest V60. Predicted to be the biggest seller in the line-up, the Swedish brand’s sporty trim line is set to take on the Teutonic rivals such as the BMW 3 Series Touring M Sport and Audi A4 Avant S Line. Available to order now from Scottish dealerships prices from £35,410. (Related: Roadtest — Volvo V60 D4 Momentum)

    The R-Design boasts a number of cosmetic tweaks, including  a more aggressive nose featuring wider side vents and a deeper front splitter. At the back of the Volvo, designers have added extra trim to emphasise the depth of the bumper. (Related: New Volvo dealership for John Clark Motor Group)


    The R-Design also gets a slightly moodier look thanks to much of the usual brightwork being blacked-out. While the grille elements, roof rails, window trims, door mirrors, and tailpipe surrounds all get a gloss black finish, buyers can also opt for new 18in or 19in wheel designs, depending on engine output.


    There is one mechanical change to the R-Design models. The sports suspension means the car sits 12mm closer to the ground than the standard car. It’s also fitted with firmer springs and dampers. The combination — according to Volvo — means the V60 delivers “an even more engaging driving experience.”


    As for engines, the  R-Design is available with all three current V60 powerplants. While the most powerful is the petrol-powered T5 with 247bhp, the best-selling dies is the 148bhp, 62.9 mpg-rated D3. The range also includes the more powerful 187bhp D4 diesel. The D3 comes with a choice of manual or automatic gearboxes, while the other two are auto only.


    Part-leather sports seats, a sports steering wheel and gear lever,  sports pedals, and black headlining are all part of the standard R-Design kit, as are a nine-inch touchscreen infotainment system, 12.3-inch digital dials and a powered tailgate.


    Stepping up to the  R-Design Pro adds keyless entry and a hands-free tailgate, plus electric memory adjustment for the driver’s seat, seat heaters and a head-up display.


    Available to order now, with first deliveries scheduled before the end of the year, the V60 R-Design starts at £35,410 for the V60 D3 R-Design manual. The range tops out with the T5 R-Design at £37,770, while the R-Design Pro models each cost an additional £2250.

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    Jim McGill


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