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click above for more pics of the 2008 Volvo C30 R-Design

Volvo has just announced a the C30 R-Design trim for its newest model. The package is comprised of only exterior and interior mods, so no additional go fast parts have been added to either the turbocharged 5-cylinder engine or suspension. What buyers will get is a few matte-silver finished pieces on the outside, including the side view mirrors, grille surround and Volvo's trademark grille "strap", as well as an R-Design badge on the grille. The C30 R-Design also gets the sport body kit, a tailgate spoiler, 18-inch Atreus wheels, larger diameter exhaust tips and your choice of Black Sapphire, Titanium Grey, Orinoco Blue or Passion Red paint.

The interior is gussied up with a new finish for the center console, seats upholstered in off-black Flex-tech and creme-colored leather, blue-face gauges, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with aluminum inlays that bear the R-Design logo.

Though it will be the top-of-the-line C30, the R-Design model is still a C30 and will therefore still have plenty of options to push its yet-to-be-determined price even higher. These include a 5-speed Geartronic transmission, DVD-based navigation system, even better Serapis alloy wheels and plenty else. What's more, only 400 R-Design models will be sold in the U.S., which is just about one for every Volvo dealer in the country. Considering that C-30 sales have cooled off considerably since Volvo moved 811 units of its new hatch last September (it's first full month on sale), it will probably take at least two months for the limited edition C30 R-Design to sell out, if not more.

[Source: Volvo]


Volvo Debuts Limited Edition C30 R-Design for 2008
Unique Style and Exclusivity Await 400 Lucky Customers

Irvine, Calif. (February 1, 2008) - Volvo is introducing another dimension of fun and excitement for the award-winning C30. The Limited Edition C30 R-Design brings new levels of style and unique appointments to the smallest and most expressive car in Volvo's lineup. To celebrate the success of the C30's introductory year, only 400 C30 R-Design vehicles have been earmarked for 2008 model year production - that's just over one car for each Volvo retailer.

At first glance, the C30 R-Design catches the eye with its distinctive exterior enhancements. Premium touches include a matte-silver finish for the outside mirror housings, front grille surround and iconic Volvo grille "strap." To signify that this C30 is truly special, an R-Design badge has been affixed to the grille. Customers can select from four exterior colors: Black Sapphire, Titanium Grey, Orinoco Blue and Passion Red. Sport Body kit, tailgate spoiler, large diameter exhaust tips, etc. are additional exterior enhancements that add to the C30 R-Design's dynamic personality.

Stepping inside the cabin, the driver and three passengers are rewarded with sporty and premium cues befitting the stature of this truly special Volvo. Seats are swathed with off-black Flex-tech while the cushions and backrests are trimmed in contrasting crème-colored leather. The R-Design logo is embossed neatly into the front bucket seatbacks.

Inspired by Volvo's legendary high-performance R models, the C30 R-Design sports a blue-face instrument cluster. The C30's signature super-slim center console is finished with a unique inlay with subtle circular patterns that take the standard aluminum inlay to the next level. A special leather-wrapped steering with aluminum inlays proudly displays the R-Design logo. Additional features include sport pedals, sport shifter, and floor mats.

Like the regular production C30, the R-Design delivers an exhilarating driving experience with its turbocharged T5 5-cylinder engine that produces 227-horsepower and 236 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,800 to 5,000 rpm. Equipped as a complete package which includes 18" Atreus wheels and Sirius Satellite Radio with a 6 month introductory subscription as std. equipment, customers can select from an abbreviated list of options for the C30 R-Design including 5-speed Geartronic transmission, DVD-based navigation system with real time traffic, power driver's seat, Climate Package, power glass moonroof, bi-xenon headlights, Serapis alloy wheels and Dynaudio premium sound system.

Pricing for the Volvo Limited Edition C30 R-Design will be released closer to its introduction date in the second quarter of 2008.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      There's only one engine offered in the C30: the turbo I5. You can get it with or without a manual.
      • 7 Years Ago
      R is dead. This is it's replacement. Show not Go. Although doesn't the C30 already have the hottest version of the 2.5l 5 you could get in the other cars?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree with the other comments, this is a rather pointless upgrade. I would even be ok with no suspension or engine upgrades had they at least given it a manual transmission. It's no wonder Volvo hasn't sold more 30s, you have to settle for the NA engine to get a manual tranny.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What's swedish for 'Rice'?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Seems that Volvo (FORD?) got a Brazilian president...that is what they do here - put a new set of wheels, some adhesives and presto! There is the racing or GTO/GTR/GTI version of the car :oP
      • 7 Years Ago
      Would you all just stfu, seriously no one is saying crap about Audi's S-Line.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't believe this R Design line was meant to be a cop out of the performance line, rather get in synch with other lux manufacturers and offer a line of sporty trim levels to their products. It's not rare to find an M Sports package 3-series, a C-class with AMG features, or an S-line A4. It's the market and Volvo is trying to get their fair share. This C30, while not my fav, is OK.

      In fact I've driven the S60R and V70R, and while both are much better than their lesser counterparts, they needed to offer a lot more to stay competitive. Nobody's saying performance from Volvo is dead... just taking a break to re-adjust. For the better imo.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is the stupidest thing I have seen on this site in a long time. I really hope no one buys this tacky riced out package. What a frigging shame.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This would have been interesting with a hotter motor, and good AWD.

      Otherwise, MEH.
      • 7 Years Ago
      And this is why I'm shopping for a Volkwagen GTI-R32 ... less money.. same luxery... wayyyy more power.

      Volvo (FORD!!!!!) sooo droppped the ball on this.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nobody is going to even know this car exists because Volvo has ZERO marketing support for the C30 to begin with. Sad really :( I buy large cars with RWD but something about Volvos they just drive so well for their size.
        • 7 Years Ago

        except for some that are reported to have a turning circle measured in miles.

        Otherwise, I do hear good things about how they drive, and are appointed.
      • 7 Years Ago
      it's kind of a shame that this is more or less a standard option in Europe now (R-design, similar to Audi's S-line), yet we will only get 400 in limited colors.

      While in principle I don't like paying for an appearance package, I do like the idea of the blue gauges (much better looking than the standard, kind of boring ones) and more important, seats that are blostered (instead of rather pedestrian ones offered standard).
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