Volvo Philippines is proudly offering the new R-Design versions of the Volvo S60 and XC60 for 2015. Both models feature an outstanding blend of a renewed sports appearance, a dynamic driving-focused chassis and a powerful engine output. These variants of the already robust S60 and XC60 models give the market more freedom in choosing a Volvo that suits their sophisticated tastes.
“The new R-Design models are a perfect match for performance-minded individuals with a passion for exquisite details. In the new S60 and XC60 R-Design, we have turned up the visual volume of these popular models with meticulous attention to detail,” says Doug Speck, senior vice president Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo Car Group.
Unique new front
Both R-Design cars now feature a unique face with a redesigned, dynamic, expressive nose. The frameless Tech Matte Black grille has high-gloss black stripes, a silk metal diagonal and a refined R-Designed emblem. The DRL lights in the outer corners reinforce the low, road-hugging impression.
“The front wheel arches are small design gems that enhance the car’s sporty aura. The rounded end of the front bumper ‘wraps’ around the dynamic Ixion wheel, which is now available in a redesigned 18-inch version for the S60 and a 20-inch for the XC60,” says Fedde Talsma, design director.
At the rear, the unique diffuser with aero fins is flanked by the round, high-tech R-Design tailpipes.
New generation R-Design interior
The new sport seat come as standard in the R-Design cars. It features a blend of black nubuck textile and perforated leather. The embroidered R-design logo with a blue ‘R’ confirms the sporty aura. Full leather seats are available as an option.
The Adaptive Digital Display features the option to switch between three layouts with different configuration and functionality – Elegance, Eco and Performance. In the R-Design versions, the Elegance theme boasts a radiant blue color.
The design team has dedicated much attention to all the interior details that emphasize the distinctive R-Design aura.
Lower and firmer chassis
The R-Design Sport chassis has been lowered 15 mm compared with the Dynamic chassis in the standard S60 and the spring stiffness is 15 percent higher compared with the dynamic chassis in the standard S60. This gives responsive driving pleasure with full control.
The S60 R-Design features rear mono-tube dampers, delivering compression and return damping via the same valve. This gives shorter, faster fluid flow, which in turn means the damper responds more quickly.
Stiffer bushings counteract oscillation, and roll and movements are more controlled. The bushings that attach the rear dampers to the body are 20 per cent stiffer compared with the Dynamic chassis. The front tie-blade bushing is a substantial 400 per cent stiffer to counteract wheel bouncing and shaking. A strut brace under the bonnet ties together the suspension strut towers to stiffen up the body structure.
Corner Traction Control
Just like in the standard variants, a range of electronic systems that sharpen the sporty driving experience backs up the chassis in the R-Design cars. Corner Traction Control, which uses torque vectoring to provide smoother cornering, is now also standard on the XC60. The DSTC (Dynamic Stability and Traction Control) system also has several other functions that improve driving and safety properties, such as: Advanced Stability Control. With a gyroscopic roll-angle sensor the anti-spin system can deploy faster and with greater precision; Engine Drag Control prevents the wheels from losing their grip during engine braking on a slippery surface; The DSTC system also has a sports setting that makes it possible for the driver to disable the anti-spin function.