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Volvo Boosts Power With R-Design S60, XC60 2012

Car Name: Volvo R-Design S60
Brand Name: Volvo

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Volvo is increasing the power in the R-Design-trimmed S60 and XC60 for the 2012 model year. Both vehicles now have a power rating of 325 horsepower and 354 pounds-feet of torque. The turbocharged inline-six-cylinder in both models is the same one found on each trim’s T6 model, but here the engine produces an additional 25 horsepower to better match the sporting aspirations of the more expensive R-Design trim level.

Each model comes with standard all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission. The S60 R-Design will have a starting price of $42,275 and the XC60 R-Design will start at $43,150 when they both go on sale this summer. The R-Design trim is new for the second-generation S60; the last time it was available on the model was in 2007. It's essentially a sportier, more aggressive-looking S60 T6. The suspension has been lowered on the model, and the chassis has been stiffened with a front strut brace and rear monotube dampers.
Exterior changes on the S60 include a new lowered front end design. The rear bumper gets the same treatment. Unique 18-inch alloy wheels and dual exhaust designs are also included. On the inside, there are front seats with larger bolsters and unique color combinations.

We already thought the S60 T6 had enough performance for the casual driver for a lower starting price of $37,700. It’ll be interesting to see whether these changes can help the model better compete with the BMW 3-Series for performance buyers. Check out our shots of the two models from the New York International Auto Show. Tell us in the comment section below if you think the changes are worth the cash.

 Volvo R-Design S60
  Volvo R-Design S60
 
  Volvo R-Design S60
 Volvo R-Design S60
  Volvo R-Design S60

  Volvo R-Design S60
 Volvo R-Design S60


Car Name: Volvo R-Design XC60
Brand Name: Volvo

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 Volvo R-Design XC60
 Volvo R-Design XC60
 Volvo R-Design XC60
 Volvo R-Design XC60
 Volvo R-Design XC60
 Volvo R-Design XC60