2012 Volvo S60 R-Design and XC60 R-Design as “fun to drive cars”

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Volvo’s commitment to spruce up its boring image is relentless, it is introducing a series of sport sedans to the market. Volvo is introducing the new 2012 Volvo S60 and XC60 R-Design at the New York Auto Show today. 

With the 2012 Volvo S60 and XC60 R-Design, we only see slight changes to its looks. Both cars carried the same turbocharged T6 inline six-cylinder engine that is now produced 325 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque, which is up about 25 horsepower and 29 pound-feet of torque from the standard T6 engine.

“The jump in performance will re-define these two R-Design models,” said Doug Speck, president and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America. “Along with styling and suspension features that set them apart from other versions, our two newest R-Design models will have a higher ‘fun-to-drive’ quotient. I see that as a positive thing, and so will car buyers.”

Volvo as a fun to drive car? Well, that is a characteristic that Volvo has been recently promoting a lot about its cars. We do notice the Volvo S60 R-Design set apart from the standard S60 with number of exterior and interior design cues. On the exterior both cars have a newly designed lower front fascia with a grille coated in glossy piano black. The sporty appearance is enhanced with color-matched body components. Out in rear, it is incorporated with a sporty rear exhaust baffle along with 90mm twin exhaust tailpipes.

To round out the looks of both cars, Volvo added unique R-Design exclusive five-spoke 18-inch diamond cut wheels along with a a rear trunk spoiler and dual xenons with active bending lights.

As for the interior, the S60 R-Design is fitted with an all-new off-black leather seats with contrasting stitching and embossed R-Design logo on the backrests. In addtion, a sport steering wheel with R-Design logo, gear selector, sports pedals, floor mats and a blue watch-dial instrument cluster put a final sporty appearance touch to the cabin.

The S60 R-Design will have a starting price of $42,275 and the XC60 R-Design will start at $43,150, not including destination charges. Jump to the press release below to what all the fun is about.