Swedish carmaker Volvo has been on overdrive over the last few years churning out thoroughly refreshed successors to almost all of its models. These stylish, modern bunch of cars and SUVs have helped the brand distance itself from the general perception of it as the purveyor of safe, but boring cars. Now, the carmaker has added new "performance-inspired" R-Design variants of its recently introduced S90 and V90 models. It's essentially an appearance package featuring what Volvo terms as an “advanced, sporting” chassis, which the carmaker claims will deliver an “energetic, road-hugging drive.” This points to stiffer springs and dampers as well a slightly lower ride height to add to the belligerent looks.
“R-Design delivers an edge to our elegant estate and sedan models in our 90 Series, with a winning combination of a sportier, more responsive drive with clearly visible performance styling,” said Björn Annwall, Senior Vice President Marketing Sales and Customer Service at Volvo Cars.
The main visual differences from the stock cars include a sportier new front-end design with spoiler-integrated fog lights, a unique grille, more aggressive intakes on the front bumper, and piano black trim on both front and rear. The package also includes a new five-spoke matte black diamond-cut wheel design.
The cabin gets a host of bespoke R-Design styling cues, including a unique ‘deco trim’, pedals and mats, sports seats, a special steering wheel, and an illumination package. The R-Design models don’t get any powertrain tweaks, which means in the engine bay will be one of the 2.0-litre four-pots that make 250 and 316 horsepower in the T5 and the T6 respectively. However, there is a possibility of Volvo offering its Polestar Optimisation package in these models, which will include a bump in power, along with a revised transmission and more responsive throttle.