2019 Volvo V60 R-Design pack revealed, adds cool sporty character

September 25, 2018

Volvo has revealed a very stylish and racy R-Design package for its new V60 wagon in Europe. It gives the already suave cargo-carrier a sleeker character and performance undertone.

The 2019 Volvo V60 was revealed in February this year, underpinned by Volvo’s latest Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA), which is shared with all mid-to-large models such as the XC60, XC90, and S90 and V90. It features an elegant new design with the now-trademark ‘Thor hammer’ headlights.

To give these foundations a performance character, Volvo has come up with a new R-Design package for it. It comes with unique diamond-cut-style 18-inch alloy wheels, LED front fog lights, and a range of gloss black trimmings to give it that sinister and sporty look. Some of these said trimmings include the special mesh grille, side mirrors, window frames, roof rails and exhaust tips.

Inside, the R-Design package comes with bespoke sill plates for an immediate identification, while the front passengers are treated to a set of part-leather sports seats with cushion extensions and R-Design logos. There’s also metal inlays for the dash and doors, a unique steering wheel and gear lever, and sports pedals for the driver.

It’s not all about cosmetic tweaks, though. The R-Design gets an exclusive chassis tune with stiffer springs suspending the body, more responsive monotube dampers and thicker stabiliser bars, and the ride height is lowered by 12mm. All of these changes help to improve the V60’s overall dynamics and versatility.

If that’s not enough, Volvo is also offering an “R-Design Pro” package that adds 19-inch wheels, tinted windows, active bending headlights with adaptive shadow technology, head-up display, and multi-coloured interior lighting for a unique mood setting.

Buyers in Europe will be able to select the R-Design package for all engine variants, spanning from the D3, D4, to the top T5. These engines produce 110kW/320Nm, 140kW/400Nm, and 184kW/350Nm, respectively.

There’s been no formal confirmation on when the new S60 and V60 will arrive in Australia just yet, but we’d assume if the new V60 were to be introduced we’d be offered this R-Design package as well.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.