The design of the Volvo S60 R and Volvo V70 R: Exclusive sportiness and optimisation
Interior focus on the driver
Chronograph-inspired instruments with
The new Volvo S60 R and Volvo V70 R represent a subtle change in Volvo’s tradition when it comes to performance-car design.
"The previous R model’s major signatures were their colour and their wheels. Changes to the body, however, were limited. This time, we have increased the differentiation by giving both cars a totally new front", says Peter Horbury, Executive Director Design, Premier Automotive Group (PAG). He adds:
"Compared to the Volvo S60 and Volvo V70, the new R cars are distinctive enough to radiate the exclusive sportiness of these performance cars."
The R cars feature an aerodynamically tuned front. The grille has a frame in satin silver, the spoiler has been extended and the lower air intake is larger to provide increased airflow and more efficient cooling.
It’s all about optimisation
At the back, the Volvo S60 R has a thin spoiler, expressing very clearly that the R concept philosophy is all about optimisation.
"The spoiler on the S60 R is just the right size to give minimized rear-end lift in this car. We don’t believe in adding enormous pieces of plastic just to signal that we can build fast cars", says Peter Horbury.
The wheels remain important design features. The 17" and 18" wheels, optimised to fit around the brake units, are inspired by previous R models.
Extreme launch colour – as usual
Volvo has always launched the R models in extreme body colours and the Volvo S60 R and Volvo V70 R are no exceptions.
The launch colours are called Flash Green and Titanium Grey. The new R cars are also available in four additional colours: Black Metallic, Silver Metallic, Cosmos Blue Metallic and Passion Red Solid.
Driver in focus
The interior is designed to radiate exclusive sportiness – and the driver is firmly in focus. The sport seats have increased side support. They are available in three colours: Dark Blue, Gold Beige and Natural Aniline Leather, all with unique stitching.
The leather carries a strong visual link with Scandinavian furniture design.
The rest of the interior and the door panels are in off-black, while the door inserts are co-ordinated with the seats.
The dashboard and door inlays are made of brushed aluminium. The leather dashboard visor has blue stitching, matching the chronograph-inspired instruments with their R-blue faces.
The 3-spoke steering wheel features charcoal-coloured leather with blue stitching.
The manual transmission features the characteristic "Space Ball" gear lever.
The footrest and door front sill plates are all made of stainless steel with "R" logos.
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