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  • Image Credit: Volvo
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Lest anyone think Volvo's V60 Diesel Plug-in Hybrid is strictly for the leisurely, gas-sipping green-driver variety, the Swedish automaker is adding a sporty wrinkle. The R-Design package that Volvo added to some other models last year will now be an option for the V60 PHEV. Drag-racing surely awaits.

The sporty components for the V60 PHEV include 18-inch "Ixion" wheels and other stylish touches on the exterior, while the interior will include perforated leather seats and a black headliner. Mind you, the car does have some guts, as it includes a 215 horsepower, 2.4-liter turbodiesel engine powering the front wheels and a 68-horsepower electric motor driving the rear wheels. All that, and the car is said to get about 131 miles per gallon equivalent (per the more lenient European driving cycle) and go as far as 30 miles on pure electricity.

In late 2012, the Swedish automaker started production of what it said was the world's first diesel plug-in hybrid and the initial plan was to make about 1,000 units a year. Strong advance orders sped things up a bit, so much so that Volvo sold almost 8,000 of the V60 PHEVs last year. Last year, Volvo added the R-Design package for its S60, gas-powered V60 and XC60 models, which included, among other things, exterior improvements, profile-lowering and the Ixion wheels. Check out Volvo's press release below.
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The new Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid with R-Design: the perfect package of efficiency and dynamics

The super-efficient Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid - one of the best-selling hybrid-electrified vehicles in Europe in 2013 - is now also available in Volvo Cars' R-Design version.

"We sold almost 8,000 plug-in hybrids in 2013. Adding the R-Design dynamic attributes to the V60 Plug-in Hybrid – the world's first diesel plug-in hybrid - will give its attractiveness another boost. The customer gets segment-topping performance combined with outstanding efficiency," says Alain Visser, Senior Vice President Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo Car Group.

Unique exterior and interior
The V60 Plug-in Hybrid R-Design version features a number of unique interior and exterior features that create a sporty presence. The exterior blends the Plug-in Hybrid identification with the R-Design front, rear diffusor and 18-inch 'Ixion' wheels.

Inside, the car comes with a full R-Design interior design. Sport seats, featuring a blend of black nubuck textile and perforated leather, are standard. By blending inlays with a perforated look, black leather and contrasting stitching, the design team has created an R-design interior with all the details in perfect harmony, crowned by the black headliner. The car retains the special plug-in hybrid instrumentation and information.

Ingenious power blend
The front wheels of the V60 Plug-in Hybrid are powered by a five-cylinder 2.4-litre turbodiesel producing 215 hp and 440 Nm of torque. The car has a six-speed automatic transmission.

The rear axle is powered by an electric motor producing 68 horsepower and 200 Nm. It is supplied with power from an 11.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack installed under the floor of the load compartment.

Pure Hybrid Power
The driver selects the required driving mode via three buttons that give the car three entirely different temperaments: Pure, Hybrid or Power.

In the default hybrid mode, the carbon dioxide emissions are down to just 48g/km. This corresponds to fuel consumption of 1.8 litres/100 km (NEDC certification driving cycle for hybrids).

What is more, at the touch of a button the driver can choose to cover up to 50 kilometres on pure electric power – or utilise the combined capacity of the diesel engine and electric motor to create a veritable driving machine that offers 283 horsepower and 640 Nm of torque.

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