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olvo XC60 boosts sportiness with R-Design ( not sure i like this )

Volvo XC60 boosts sportiness with R-Design<p><IMG SRC="http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a268/danielswem/19982_1_5.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><br>The Volvo XC60 R-Design makes a clear statement about true driving pleasure, a young, energetic attitude and confident success. A sporty chassis and even more direct steering ensure the driving experience matches the sporty appearance.<p> The Volvo XC60 is a car that has already carved out a solid market share in the premium sport cross-over segment. With its muscular curves and sharply contoured tail lamps, it attracts attention wherever it goes. The new R-Design option pack that will be presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2009 gives the car an even more purposeful and bold appearance. <p> "The R-Design model boosts the XC60's already sporty aura and gives the car an even more refined character in terms of both driving experience and design. These are properties that we know appeal to the discerning buyers of this type of cars," says Lennart Stegland, president of Volvo Special Vehicles.<p><br>Confident exterior<p>On the outside it is easy to recognise those typical R-Design attributes: door mirror housings, trim mouldings and décor trim in matte silk metal finish, skid-plates and twin chrome tailpipes. The five-spoke Cratus aluminium wheels are also unique for the R-Design models. In standard form they measure 18 inches but there is also the option of a stunning 20-inch. This dimension is new to the Volvo XC60 and is only available with the R-Design pack.<p> Another new feature is that the lower section of the car is now colour-matched to the rest of the body on the XC60 R-Design, instead of the matte black execution of the standard model. This creates the impression that the car sits closer to the ground and gives it a more dynamic look - even though ground clearance remains unchanged.<p> <br>Thrilling driving experience with excellent comfort<p>The R-Design chassis is stiffer, features stronger damping and has more distinct driving properties - without impacting too much on ride comfort. All passengers can still enjoy a long and pleasant ride on any type of road surface. Further, the fact that the chassis has not been lowered ensures that the XC60 R-Design maintains its ground clearance for off-road capability.<br> <p>The new, more direct steering gear also significantly contributes to the driving experience. Owing to faster steering response, the driver benefits from a more alert car behaviour and more precise communication with the road surface. This in turn gives the driver the confidence to push the car to its limits and fully enjoy the sporty capabilities of the XC60 R-Design.<p> <br>Modern and exclusive interior<p>Inside the car, exclusive metal finish is the dominant theme, with aluminium inserts in the steering wheel, door mouldings and the iconic centre stack. The sports pedals are made of brushed aluminium, with rubber inserts for precise grip, feel and control.<p> <br>The elegant dark centre stack features a décor with a circular pattern that expands outwards in a dynamic way. This pattern also reoccurs in the oblique striping of the sculpted, duo-tone seats. Further, the seats are available with the choice of two colour combinations, with light beige or dark black as the main theme.<p> <br>The front seats feature an advanced seat design with two firmness levels in both the backrest and seat cushions, thus providing a body hugging yet comfortable seating position during inspired driving. The sports steering wheel trimmed with perforated leather and featuring the engraved R-Design emblem is a constant reminder to the driver of the car's special character and excellent driving properties.<p><br>Volvo XC60 R-Design - An overview<p><br>Exterior:<p>Grille in silk metal finish with R-Design badge<br>Front fog lamp décor in silk metal finish<br>Door mirror housings in silk metal finish<br>Five-spoke 18-inch aluminium wheels - Cratus (20 inch optional)<br>Sill mouldings in aluminium look <br>Twin chromed tailpipes <br>Colour-matched lower body mouldings.<br>Chrome-plated rear skid-plate with black mesh <br>Sport chassis <br>7 body colours to choose between including the R-Design unique colour Passion red <br> <br>Interior:<p>Sport seats for great cornering support and comfort <br>Unique upholstery in smooth leather with a choice of two colour combinations: off-black with soft beige inserts or vice versa<br>Embossed R-Design emblem in the front backrests.<br>Watch Dial instrument with blue gauges, unique to the R-Design model <br>R-Design sports steering wheel trimmed in perforated leather <br>Sports pedals in aluminium<br>R-Design centre stack trim with a unique décor pattern<br>Gear selector trimmed with perforated leather <br>Off-black sports mats<br> <br>R-Design a success for Volvo Cars<p>R-Design was launched in 2007 to satisfy the immense interest among younger car buyers, in particular, who want to equip their cars with sporty, personalised options. With R-Design, they got access to tastefully composed options packages featuring exclusive design details and thrilling sport chassis.<br> <p>Today R-Design is found across almost the entire Volvo product range in the C30, S40, V50, S80, V70, XC60 and XC90 models.<p> "R-Design has been a great success for Volvo Cars. This sporty, exclusive sales version has helped us attract new customer groups who would perhaps not otherwise have chosen Volvo. The introduction of the XC60 R-Design shows clearly how strongly we believe in this concept and we have noted considerable pre-launch interest in this product from our markets," says Lennart Stegland, president of Volvo Special Vehicles.<br>
 

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Re: olvo XC60 boosts sportiness with R-Design (FRANCIS)

Are those the same 18" R-design wheels that come on the V70 R-design?
 

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More Pics:<p><IMG SRC="http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z301/jtacchino/XC60%20R/19982_1_5.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z301/jtacchino/XC60%20R/19983_1_5.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z301/jtacchino/XC60%20R/19984_1_5.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Doing the lower panels in body color goes a LONG, LONG way, IMO. <p>
 

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Re: olvo XC60 boosts sportiness with R-Design (Needsdecaf)

I'm a big fan. If anyone has any more questions about details of this thing, post them here and I'll try to get answers from the PR department.
 

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How different are the seats? What's the "two level" of bolstering / padding that they mention? <p>Pricing?<p>Interior pics?<p>When? <p>What colors?
 

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Re: olvo XC60 boosts sportiness with R-Design (FRANCIS)

Much better.......though 20's may be a bit of overkill. Not sure I buy the marketing spin of R Design "great success" though.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>MagoonR</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Much better.......though 20's may be a bit of overkill. Not sure I buy the marketing spin of R Design "great success" though.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>20's are de riguer. I mean even a Venza can be had with 20's. <p>BTW, when was the last time you knew of ANY one in marketing ANYWHERE that undersold themselves? LOL.
 

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Oh I'm sure<B> I DO</B> like this. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>A good car gets MUCH better<br>I sure hope the seats do not become harder, <U>I like them the way they are</U>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Oh I'm sure<B> I DO</B> like this. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>A good car gets MUCH better<br>I sure hope the seats do not become harder, <U>I like them the way they are</U></TD></TR></TABLE><p>I'm hoping for more lateral support in the cushion and backrest, but especially the cushion. <p>But yes, this really enhances the look of the car to really compete with the Audi, MB, etc. None of that faux-off roader cladding (isn't that what the XC70 is for?). It really ties things together.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Needsdecaf</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>But yes, this really enhances the look of the car to really compete with the Audi, MB, etc. None of that faux-off roader cladding (isn't that what the XC70 is for?). It really ties things together. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I never took the plastic non-painted trim on the XC60 to have the faux-off roader look that the XC70 portrays. I saw it more as the typical Volvo new model strategy (see all P2 models, P1, 850, etc). I wouldn't be suprised if in the next model year or two that painted moldings are a standard item. It does make it look much better.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>I Roll</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>I never took the plastic non-painted trim on the XC60 to have the faux-off roader look that the XC70 portrays. I saw it more as the typical Volvo new model strategy (see all P2 models, P1, 850, etc). I wouldn't be suprised if in the next model year or two that painted moldings are a standard item. It does make it look much better.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yes, you could take it to be that way. <p>Very similar to the C30 V1 vs. V2 (or whatever they are called now). <p>Just as on the C30, on this vehicle it makes it look much more finished and upscale.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>I Roll</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>I wouldn't be suprised if in the next model year or two that painted moldings are a standard item. It does make it look much better.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>They should make them standard. I agree, it does look much better.
 

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Looks great. I'm looking forward to the interior shots as well.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>MagoonR</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Much better.......though 20's may be a bit of overkill. Not sure I buy the marketing spin of R Design "great success" though.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>18" Cratos will be the standard wheels. 20" are an option. I agree, 18" is the best match but I think 19"s would have been perfect.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>GrecianVolvo</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>18" Cratos will be the standard wheels. 20" are an option. I agree, 18" is the best match but I think 19"s would have been perfect.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>19's would be better. The T6 comes standard with 18's. That, and the 18's don't look big enough, IMO. <p>
 

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I test drove a T6 AWD the other day.<p><br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emlove.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emlove.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emlove.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I wasn't too crazy about the XC60 when it first came out, but it's grown on me quite a bit.
 
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