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Volvo XC60 boosts sportiness with R-Design

2009-07-08 - Volvo Cars of North America

The Volvo XC60 R-Design makes a clear statement about true driving pleasure, a young, energetic attitude and confident success. A sporty chassis and even more direct steering ensure the driving experience matches the sporty appearance.

The Volvo XC60 is a car that has already carved out a solid market share in the premium sport cross-over segment. With its muscular curves and sharply contoured tail lamps, it attracts attention wherever it goes. The new R-Design option pack that will be presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2009 gives the car an even more purposeful and bold appearance.

"The R-Design model boosts the XC60's already sporty aura and gives the car an even more refined character in terms of both driving experience and design. These are properties that we know appeal to the discerning buyers of this type of cars," says Lennart Stegland, president of Volvo Special Vehicles.

Confident exterior

On the outside it is easy to recognise those typical R-Design attributes: door mirror housings, trim mouldings and décor trim in matte silk metal finish, skid-plates and twin chrome tailpipes. The five-spoke Cratus aluminium wheels are also unique for the R-Design models. In standard form they measure 18 inches but there is also the option of a stunning 20-inch. This dimension is new to the Volvo XC60 and is only available with the R-Design pack.

Another new feature is that the lower section of the car is now colour-matched to the rest of the body on the XC60 R-Design, instead of the matte black execution of the standard model. This creates the impression that the car sits closer to the ground and gives it a more dynamic look - even though ground clearance remains unchanged.

Thrilling driving experience with excellent comfort

The R-Design chassis is stiffer, features stronger damping and has more distinct driving properties - without impacting too much on ride comfort. All passengers can still enjoy a long and pleasant ride on any type of road surface. Further, the fact that the chassis has not been lowered ensures that the XC60 R-Design maintains its ground clearance for off-road capability.

The new, more direct steering gear also significantly contributes to the driving experience. Owing to faster steering response, the driver benefits from a more alert car behaviour and more precise communication with the road surface. This in turn gives the driver the confidence to push the car to its limits and fully enjoy the sporty capabilities of the XC60 R-Design.

Modern and exclusive interior

Inside the car, exclusive metal finish is the dominant theme, with aluminium inserts in the steering wheel, door mouldings and the iconic centre stack. The sports pedals are made of brushed aluminium, with rubber inserts for precise grip, feel and control.

The elegant dark centre stack features a décor with a circular pattern that expands outwards in a dynamic way. This pattern also reoccurs in the oblique striping of the sculpted, duo-tone seats. Further, the seats are available with the choice of two colour combinations, with light beige or dark black as the main theme.

The front seats feature an advanced seat design with two firmness levels in both the backrest and seat cushions, thus providing a body hugging yet comfortable seating position during inspired driving. The sports steering wheel trimmed with perforated leather and featuring the engraved R-Design emblem is a constant reminder to the driver of the car's special character and excellent driving properties.

Volvo XC60 R-Design - An overview


  • Grille in silk metal finish with R-Design badge
  • Front fog lamp décor in silk metal finish
  • Door mirror housings in silk metal finish
  • Five-spoke 18-inch aluminium wheels - Cratus (20 inch optional)
  • Sill mouldings in aluminium look
  • Twin chromed tailpipes
  • Colour-matched lower body mouldings.
  • Chrome-plated rear skid-plate with black mesh 
  • Sport chassis
  • 7 body colours to choose between including the R-Design unique colour Passion red


  • Sport seats for great cornering support and comfort  
  • Unique upholstery in smooth leather with a choice of two colour combinations: off-black with soft beige inserts or vice versa
  • Embossed R-Design emblem in the front backrests.
  • Watch Dial instrument with blue gauges, unique to the R-Design model
  • R-Design sports steering wheel trimmed in perforated leather
  • Sports pedals in aluminium
  • R-Design centre stack trim with a unique décor pattern
  • Gear selector trimmed with perforated leather
  • Off-black sports mats

R-Design a success for Volvo Cars

R-Design was launched in 2007 to satisfy the immense interest among younger car buyers, in particular, who want to equip their cars with sporty, personalised options. With R-Design, they got access to tastefully composed options packages featuring exclusive design details and thrilling sport chassis.

Today R-Design is found across almost the entire Volvo product range in the C30, S40, V50, S80, V70, XC60 and XC90 models.

"R-Design has been a great success for Volvo Cars. This sporty, exclusive sales version has helped us attract new customer groups who would perhaps not otherwise have chosen Volvo. The introduction of the XC60 R-Design shows clearly how strongly we believe in this concept and we have noted considerable pre-launch interest in this product from our markets," says Lennart Stegland, president of Volvo Special Vehicles.

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Community Comments

Saturday, July 18, 2009 9:54 PM - "MM"
We now own both a S60R and V70R we love the response of the over 300 horses(the sedan is2006 and the Station wagon is a 2005).Why have they dropped the horsepower in the R cars?
Thursday, July 23, 2009 7:39 PM - "SR"
I like the look but did they add horsepower to the car? A Volvo R must have more horsepower and torque.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 8:48 PM - "A"
I remember the press release by Volvo saying that they have decided to move away from producing fast(-er) cars, and plans to focus on more comfortable cars.
Friday, July 31, 2009 7:34 PM - "G"
i remember years ago, a lot of years, the 850-R. I think was the first R model in volvo. I hoppe that iddea works and they continue with the perfection of Volvo cars.
Sunday, August 9, 2009 9:32 PM - "MS"
The 1,st R model was the 850 and it was called T-GUL"T-Yellow"in Sweden. The R these days from -07 are only R-Design and have the T5 engine in them which give 225hp in the 30,40,50 and C70 model and 250hp in S60. Well have to wait and see if Volvo will come up with a prestige model like the R in the new S60 with 300hp or more but since Volvo now aim for the Green environment friendly diesel cars like the new V70 1.6L TDI that can do 50 mpg it's a question for the future and to hope for. Have a -05 S60 R and have had 850 T5 R(250hp) and a V70 R and Volvo is my cup of tea... So for the once's who want the R model,buy a used one or keep you're hopes for the future...
Monday, October 12, 2009 7:09 AM - "M"
I also wonder why there was no mention of engine upgrades on the XC60 R-Design. I purchased an XC60 (Turbo/AWD) for my wife and let me tell you, it is the best car I have ever owned. (I've had alot) It's smooth and surprisingly quick for an SUV. I'm gonna have to take an R-Design for a ride and compare.

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