NEWS: completely new Volvo S60, V60 & XC60 R-Design with Polestar Performance Packs
We love the R-Design Volvo range – especially with the Polestar performance packs, as we showed in This particular Volvo special of Road Magazine here.
along with also today there are three more completely new R-Design versions of Volvo’s S60, V60 along with also XC60 – featuring “an outstanding blend of a renewed sports appearance, a dynamic driving-focused chassis along with also engine output up to a substantial 329 horsepower with the Polestar performance option” say Volvo. All cars boast better performance, sportier suspension (with completely new Monotube damping along with also lower, sports springs) along with also a completely new cornering traction control system.
“The completely new R-Design versions are a perfect match for performance-minded individuals having a passion for exquisite details. from the completely new S60, V60 along with also XC60 R-Design, we have turned up the visual volume of these common versions with meticulous attention to detail,” says Doug Speck, Senior Vice President Marketing, Sales along with also Customer Service at Volvo Car Group.
“The S60 along with also V60 R-Design with lowered R-Design chassis, T6 engine along with also the optional 19-inch wheels hit all the right notes. Just let the ultra-comfortable completely new sport seats embrace you while you enjoy the intense driving experience,” adds Doug Speck.
All three R-Design cars – including the XC60 – today feature a unique face having a redesigned, dynamic, expressive nose. The frameless Tech Matte Black grille has high-gloss black stripes, a silk metal diagonal along with also a refined R-Designed emblem. The DRL lights from the outer corners reinforce the low, road-hugging impression.
“The front wheel arches are tiny design gems that will enhance your vehicle’s sporty aura. The rounded end of the front bumper ‘wraps’ around the dynamic Ixion wheel, which can be today available in a redesigned 19-inch type for the S60/V60 along with also a 20-inch for the XC60,” says Fedde Talsma, Design Director, outside.
At the rear, the unique diffuser with aero fins can be flanked by the round, high-tech R-Design tailpipes.
completely new generation R-Design Inside
The completely new sport seat comes as standard from the R-Design cars. that will features a blend of black Nubuck textile along with also perforated leather. The embroidered R-design logo having a blue ‘R’ confirms the sporty aura. Full leather seats are available as an option from the R-Design along with also standard on the R-Design Lux.
“With great hugging side support all the way by the thighs to the shoulders, the completely new sport seat makes a perfect addition to the in-command feel of a true driver’s car while the seat retains the traditional comfort that will has been a Volvo hallmark for decades,” says Doug Speck.
The Adaptive Digital Display features the option to switch between three layouts with different configuration along with also functionality – Elegance, Eco along with also Performance. from the R-Design versions, the Elegance theme boasts a radiant blue colour.
The design team has dedicated much attention to all the Inside details that will emphasise the distinctive R-Design aura.
“By blending inlays having a perforated look, black leather along with also contrasting stitching, the design team has created an Inside with all the details in perfect harmony, crowned by the black headliner. The completely new stainless steel tread plate having a bright blue ‘R’ from the R-Design emblem can be another exquisite detail,” says Doug Speck.
R-Design versions can be combined with all the engines available for the standard versions. The range spans by the D2 diesel with 115 horsepower (not available from the XC60) to the 3.0 litre, six cylinder T6 petrol turbo with 304 horsepower along with also 440 Nm of torque.
The T6 buyer can boost performance to 329 horsepower by opting for the Polestar software that will charges the specially designed sport accelerator pedal with an extra 25 hp.
Acceleration times from the T6 type, using the completely new paddle shift with the automatic gearbox in Sport mode, have been cut in all three cars with 0-62mph today down to 5.9 seconds (previously 6.1) from the S60 T6. The equivalent figure for the V60 T6 can be 6.0 seconds (6.2), while the XC60 T6 today covers 0-62mph in 6.9 seconds (7.3).
The R-Design Sport chassis has been lowered 15 mm along with also the spring stiffness can be 15 per cent higher compared with the dynamic chassis from the standard S60 along with also V60. This particular gives responsive driving pleasure with full control.
“The driving experience should be so connected that will that will boosts the dynamics without creating the chassis feel too raw. If the chassis can be too firm, even smooth tarmac can feel bumpy. We aim for a sporting yet luxurious feel,” says Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research along with also Development at Volvo Car Group.
The S60 along with also V60 R-Design feature rear monotube dampers, delivering compression along with also return damping via the same valve. This particular gives shorter, faster fluid flow, which in turn means the damper responds more quickly.
Stiffer bushings counteract oscillation, along with also roll along with also movements are more controlled. The bushings that will attach the rear dampers to the Centeng are 20 per cent stiffer compared with the Dynamic chassis. The front tie-blade bushing can be a substantial 400 per cent stiffer to counteract wheel bouncing along with also shaking.
A strut brace under the bonnet ties together the suspension strut towers to stiffen up the Centeng structure.
The XC60 R-Design chassis can be also stiffer than the standard car along with also has more dynamic driving properties – without compromising ride comfort. The shock absorber springs along with also anti-roll bars are adjusted along with also tuned to be firmer along with also more balanced. The result can be improved upon control along with also a sportier, road-hugging drive.
Just like from the standard variants, a range of electronic systems that will sharpen the sporty driving experience backs up the chassis from the R-Design cars.
Corner Traction Control, which uses torque vectoring to provide smoother cornering, can be today also standard on the XC60. The DSTC (Dynamic Stability along with also Traction Control) system also has several additional functions that will improve driving along with also safety properties, such as:
- Advanced Stability Control. having a gyroscopic roll-angle sensor the anti-spin system can deploy faster along with also with greater precision.
- Engine Drag Control prevents the wheels by losing their grip during engine braking on a slippery surface.
- The DSTC system also carries a sports setting that will makes that will possible for the driver to disable the anti-spin function.
The completely new Volvo S60, V60 along with also XC60 R-Design will be available in all markets that will sell the standard versions of these versions. Volvo Cars expects that will about 10 per cent of buyers will choose the R-Design type, however This particular increases to over 30 per cent in some markets such as the United Kingdom along with also Australia.
“Of the R-Design versions, more than half of the volume will be snapped up by buyers who drive additional car makes today. These cars also play a vital role in lowering the age of our customer base,” says Doug Speck.
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