• Mar 20, 2008
Click above to view high-res gallery of the Volvo C30 R-Design

Volvo directed its efforts at the New York Auto Show toward debuting the XC60 SUV for North America, but quietly standing sentinel at the front of the display was the C30 R-Design. There's not much to complain about when you gaze upon any C30, though the R-Design trimmings offer sprinkles on the cupcake. The cars will be exclusive, with oly 400 hitting showrooms in April for a base price of $25,700. The easiest way to spot the special Swedish hatches will be the metallic mirror housings, grille and grille crossbar. There's also a subtle R-Design badge affixed to the grille to identify the car as something just a little special. Special paint colors will also set off the R-Design cars, and the body kit-equipped car we photographed shined resplendently in Black Sapphire. Interior changes consist of blue-faced gauges like the actual high-performance S60R (RIP) and R-Design logos embossed into the leather inserts on the seats and metal accent bits around the cabin. The R-Design cars are more style than substance, but the exclusivity will be of value to buyers who like to have something special, and the T5 powertrain that all U.S.-bound C30s carry offers snappy performance already.



Volvo Announces Pricing for the C30 R-Design for 2008

Unique style and exclusivity starts at just $25,700*

New York, NY (March 19, 2008) - Following hot on the heels of the news of the Limited Edition C30 R-Design, Volvo Cars of North America, LLC (VCNA) today announced pricing for the 400 C30s that will go on sale in April. With a base MSRP of just $25,700* 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.

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.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      It's nice, but I'm sure the T5 with the same suspension and engine will wear better over the years.
      • 6 Years Ago
      C30 is so disappointing. It's beautiful inside and out, but FWD and subpar driving dynamics make it a bit of a poseur. This would totally be on my short list if it came with AWD (and a bit more power).
        • 6 Years Ago
        Why would it need more power, it can beat certain MUCH more powerful vehicles 5-60 and in other acceleration tests, read the C/D test, it has the most useable power, probably because of the dual scroll turbo, not to mention the handling is excellent, it balances ride and handling quality perfectly.

        Oh and I bought my S40 for about 7K off of MSRP so don't look at the sticker and turn away.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Coming from an S60R myself, I can appreciate the subtle styling changes, but I can't believe Volvo is doing nothing more than what Audi did with the S-Line. They need to bring the real soul of the R line back. I certainly miss mine.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I appreciate the option to get a sportier looking car for less coin, even if that means sticking with the smaller (likely more fuel efficient engine). I think the Audi s-line package is sharp, even if it is mostly cosmetic (I think it does come with a firmer/sportier suspension). I wish bmw offered an "m-line" package. 325s look pretty silly with their tiny wheels and lack of a body kit and they aren't cheap.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I doubt it will. R-design will be an instant never-was for Volvo.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I certainly hope not. I like the look of this car. Very nice overall.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like the look of the car, esp with this R package, I'm just not really clear who it's being sold to, well or not sold very well to. Yes I get it's a volvo, but it's hard to sell a car in its price bracket that's not as fun to drive as a GTi/R32/Mini and significantly blander then those or the A3. I just wish something made it stand out, maybe this cosmetic kit will be it?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Am I alone in thinking that someone at Volvo has spent far too long looking at the Evo X?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey, we have the same car! Well, unless you have the V6 or no Sport package. hehe ;)
      • 6 Years Ago
      No new suspension? Same power? Bleh.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "No cutting surfaces", "softer plastics" and "no hollow sounding compartments" will come as extras with that package.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ditto. I don't want an R "line" cosmetic upgrade, I want an R motor. Maybe if it sells well, they'll bring some actual performance upgrades.
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