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Sporty R-Design XC60 joins 2010 Volvo lineup

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The new R-Design Volvo XC60 SUV will make its official debut at this September's Frankfurt Motor Show

The new R-Design Volvo XC60 SUV will make its official debut at this September's Frankfurt Motor Show

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Volvo has revealed the latest addition to its sporty R-Design lineup with the introduction of the all-new XC60 R-Design SUV. Set to go on sale shortly after its debut at this September's Frankfurt Motor Show, the modified XC60 has been spruced up with a specially tuned lowered sports chassis and a distinctive bodykit.

On the outside it's easy to recognize the typical R-Design attributes: door mirror housings, trim mouldings and trim in matte silk metal finish, skid-plates and twin chrome tailpipes. The five-spoke 'Cratus' aluminum wheels are also unique for the R-Design models. In standard form they measure 18in but there's also the option of a 20in set. Another new feature is that the lower section of the car is now colour-matched to the rest of the body instead of the matte black design of the standard model.

The R-Design chassis is also stiffer, features stronger damping and has more distinct driving properties but surprisingly Volvo engineers decided not to lower the vehicle.

For the interior Volvo has continued the sporty theme by adding aluminum inserts in the steering wheel, door mouldings and the stylized center stack. The standard pedals have also been replaced with aluminum units, while the seats have been covered with a new dual-tone leather design. Finally, the sports steering wheel has been trimmed with perforated leather and features an engraved R-Design emblem sitting center.
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  1. You can put lipstick on a pig but its still a gas hog!
     
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  2. Just what it needs, an appearance package but no extra power
     
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  3. NoNameDenton--

    Does it need more power?
    After all, it's a Volvo - Not a Porsche...
     
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  4. NoNameDenton--

    Does it need more power?
    After all, it's a Volvo - Not a Porsche...

    Since Volvo wants to pretend it is competing with BMW, Mercedes etc yes it would need more power.
     
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  5. Well, the base 3.2 may have "only" 235 hp and 236 lb ft of torque, but the T6 AWD version has 281 hp and 295 lb ft. Yes, Volvos tend to be heavy (the XC60 tops 4,000 lbs), but I'm not sure how many potential Volvo buyers really crave 300+ hp, though it's a fun thought.

    Personally, I think the best bet for Volvo and Saab is not to take BMW and M-B head on, but stay half a step below them and trade on their core brand attributes of safety, Scandinavian design, etc.
     
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  6. Well, the base 3.2 may have "only" 235 hp and 236 lb ft of torque, but the T6 AWD version has 281 hp and 295 lb ft. Yes, Volvos tend to be heavy (the XC60 tops 4,000 lbs), but I'm not sure how many potential Volvo buyers really crave 300+ hp, though it's a fun thought.

    Personally, I think the best bet for Volvo and Saab is not to take BMW and M-B head on, but stay half a step below them and trade on their core brand attributes of safety, Scandinavian design, etc.

    A 300 hp C30 would have been a great car though
     
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  7. Just bought a 2010 XC60 R and absolutly love it. It drives much better then the VW, BMW, and M-B's I took out and the body and interrior styling is very modern/sexy.
    This is an upgrade to my previous 2009 Volvo C30 R.
     
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