• Sep 21, 2010
2011 Volvo S60 R-Design – Click above for high-res image galery

Volvo has been so kind as to give us an inkling of what to expect from the company when it arrives at this year's Paris Motor Show. The Swedish carmaker will display new R-Design versions of both the S60 sedan and the V60 wagon. According to the press release, both cars will receive the usual go-fast treatment, starting with a few aesthetic changes outside. The R-Design cars will wear a more aggressive fascia up front, unique 18-inch alloys, revised sports seats inside and a few suspension tweaks to help everything stay planted through the twisties.

That means firmer bushings all the way around, a strut-tower brace up front and lower, stiffer coils on all four corners. The icing on the cake is a new corner traction control system that uses a torque-vectoring system to make for smoother cornering, a compelling feature that we just tested on the plain-jane S60 T6 all-wheel drive. Don't look for any extra horsepower under the hood, though. Volvo has left the usual array of engines completely untouched. Both the R-Design S60 and V60 will debut at the 2010 Paris Motor Show next month. Hit the jump for the full press release.

[Source: Volvo]

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Volvo Car UK has announced the launch of the all-new S60 and V60 R-Design models - created to deliver a dynamic driving experience in a coupé-style saloon or versatile Sportswagon. Featuring a specially developed chassis, the new R-Design models ensure that the driving experience matches the car's sporting appearance.

With R-Design models accounting for up to 60 per cent of some model lines, and 25 per cent overall, the UK is expected to be one of the largest markets for Volvo's new S60 and V60 R-Design models and they are set to appeal to those British buyers who appreciate the sporting driving characteristics and enhanced styling offered.

Wide range of engines, with new petrol and diesel engines

R-Design is available across the S60 and V60 range - not just the higher-spec variants. Customers can opt for an economical, efficient 2.0-litre D3 all the way through to the high-performance T6, with all cars benefiting from the sportier looks of the R-Design variant. In total, customers can choose from a total of four petrol and two diesel units, with all engines designed to meet high expectations of driving pleasure combined with competitive fuel consumption.

Sports seat with new seat cushion

On the inside, the driver and front passenger sit in sports seats in which the backrest from the S60 and V60 is matched by an all-new seat cushion with even closer side support than before.

Redesigned nose

The all-new Volvo S60 and V60 R-Design come with a range of specially-developed design details both outside and in.

On the outside, the cars have an imposing redesigned front valance while a distinctive diffuser houses twin exhaust tailpipes. To finish, unique five-spoke 18-inch Diamond cut wheels emphasise the sporty overall appeal.

The special leather/textile upholstery is available trimmed in off-black and ceramic light, or in an all-black variant, both with contrasting stitching. The interior also features an R-Design steering wheel, gear selector, sports pedals and floor-mats.

Strut brace gives more direct steering feel

The chassis team has fitted a strut brace under the bonnet to stiffen up the body structure and at the rear, the S60 and V60 R-Design feature monotube dampers. Unlike the twin-tube dampers previously used, the monotube system features compression and return damping via the same valve. This gives shorter, faster fluid flow, which in turn means the damper responds more quickly.

"This higher operating speed takes care of the initial roll tendency which can be felt just as you turn the steering-wheel. It's an effective way to improve the response and the connected feel," says Stefan Sällqvist, manager of vehicle dynamics at Volvo Cars.

Shorter, stiffer springs
The front and rear springs have been shortened by 15 mm and spring stiffness is 15 per cent higher compared to the standard-fit dynamic chassis in the S60 and V60.

"This makes the car easier to control and reduces any tendency to lurch. This is an area that requires true fingertip sensitivity in order to find the right blend of dynamics and comfort. If you go too far the car feels bumpy even on smooth surfaces. We've invested a lot of time and effort in finding the ideal balance," confirmed Sällqvist.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Don't look for any extra horsepower under the hood, though. Volvo has left the usual array of engines completely untouched."

      So this is the Mugen Volvo S60?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Perhaps they should get some huge "FULL AUTO BRAKE" stickers to plaster over the entire side of the car. like those VTEC stickers that add like 50 hp.
        • 4 Years Ago
        • 4 Years Ago
        Totally LOLed at your comment. Mugen S60 FTW.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Give me a more aggressive fascia up front over extra horsepower anyday!!! oh wait...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Best looking Volvo I have seen. Looks a little shark-like
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought I was looking at a Mercedes for a moment.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Me too. And hints of Opel Insignia....
        • 4 Years Ago
        The former head of Mercedes design was head of Volvo design when this car was penned. He is gone now though and hopefully Volvo design will improve, that front end will not age well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And Hyundai Sonata.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really dig that V60 wagon. One of the best looking wagons on the market (and certainly the North American market).
        • 4 Years Ago
        If Volvo USA, won't agree to the term given by Volvo Cars, the V60 will not be sold anywhere in North America, including Canada.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I read recently that Volvo is only planning to sell 50K V60s, and 90% are for the European Market.. So, I guess there is a MILD chance some of the remaining 5K could end up in NA, but he V70 just got kicked out due to lack luster sales in favor of a FWD XC70 (yeah, I don't know why anyone would get a FWD XC).

        So, I'm doubtful this will make it stateside or even this side of the Atlantic, but wonders never cease.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "One of the best looking wagons on the market (and certainly the North American market)."

        Too bad the V60 won't be sold in the North American market.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree, the wagon needs to come here, it would make a good alternative to the Avant or 3 series for those who just want a stylish AWD wagon. Performance won't be as good but the total package is supposedly very competitive for what most consumers need.

        The taillights look awesome at night, much like the XC60 with the shapely line of LEDs down the sides, it's a fantastic design element
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed, that rear end is amazing. I'm not the biggest wagon fan, but I think that Volvo has made a name for itself in my books with all the wagons they used to sell. I still see a ton of old Volvo wagons running around central Indiana.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No manual means my current V70T5 is going to have to be my last Volvo. It's too bad I really like the looks of the V60.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Im just waiting for that "Veloster revealed before Paris Auto Show!" announcement....
      • 4 Years Ago
      China Syndrome... If they don't bring that wagon here is by-by Volvo....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks nice, not offensive. Not very "Volvo". I prefer the older design language of the boxy Volvo. 850, 240, etc. I know design changes but I feel like the more mainstream Volvo goes the less reason there is to buy one (for me).

      Ill take a fast box on wheels anyday over me-too styling of the new Volvo. Prettier but less interesting and unique.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree, I was thinking it looks more saab than volvo myself.
        Nevertheless it is attractive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      May I say that volvo v60r t6 looks hella hot "5 stars," best I've seen from volvo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or does this look less aggressive than the standard trim?
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