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Steane Klose | Nov 5, 2008

Volvo has extended the R-Design styling pack to include its XC90 and V70 ranges, a move it says will "increase their dynamic appeal for Australian customers".

The R-Design styling pack has been available on the C30, S40 and V50 T5 models for some time now. The latest additions to the R-Design rank include the XC90 3.2, D5 and V8 models as well as the V70 T6.

The R-Design option, "enhances external and interior visual impact with a range of specially designed elements to further enrich and enliven the Volvo product offering". You and I would refer to it as "tasteful bling".

"The possibility of tailoring one's car to suit personal tastes is becoming increasingly important to car buyers today. R-Design has been developed for buyers who want a sporty look for their cars," Volvo Cars' spokesman Gerry Keaney said.

In the case of the Volvo V70 T6, going the R-Design route will see your svelte wagon (estate) fitted with unique 18-inch Cratus alloy wheels and lowered sports-tuned suspension comprising higher-rated anti-roll bars and bushings. The V70 T6 R-Design sits 20mm lower at the front, and 15mm lower at the rear than the standard V70 T6.

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There is also a colour-matched rear spoiler, matt-satin finish grille and exterior mirrors and 90 mm chrome exhaust pipes. So as not to confuse the neighbours, the V70 makes its presence known with a special badge set into the grille.

Inside, R-Design customers gain the added comfort of extra side bolstering in the two-tone leather sport seats, along with a leather-rimmed R-Design steering wheel, new instruments with blue inserts, a sports shift lever and the use of unique aluminium trim on areas such as the centre stack and floor pedals.

The expansion of the R-Design offering across the XC90 range will also see the XC90 V8 R-Design replace the XC90 V8 Sport.

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The XC90 V8 R-Design, cranks the volume up a notch with Volvo's Dynaudio Premium Sound system, complete with 12 speakers and six-stack CD player, as well as Bi-Xenon headlights with washers, Auto Dim rear view mirror, Rain Sensor wipers and the Interior Air Quality System (IAQS).

Outside, there is a raunchy quad exhaust system, while higher-rated anti-roll bars, firmer shock absorbers, sports-tuned speed-dependent steering and larger 19-inch alloy wheels (20-inch wheels can be optioned), help to keep the whole shooting match firmly tied to terra firma. All this complements the V8's self-levelling Nivomat suspension system that is also part of the R-Design package.

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Step inside and the XC90 V8 R-Design features sports seats with additional lateral bolstering, two different grades of leather with contrasting piping, silk matt-finish that replaces chrome trim, unique brushed stainless steel sill mouldings, sport steering wheel, a perforated leather shift knob, chronograph-style instruments and sports carpets with contrasting piping.

"R-Design is entirely in line with the accelerated focus on making our cars more extrovert and emotional. It gives the buyers the opportunity to spice up the already distinct personality of these car models," Design Director, Steve Mattin, said.

The R-Design option is $3,700 for the C30, S40 and V50 models, $4,175 on the V70 and $6,000 on the XC90 range. The R-Design option incorporates the following elements:

V70 R-Design

  • Lowered chassis (20mm front; 15mm rear)
  • Colour-coded rear spoiler
  • Full leather sports seats with embossed R-Design logo
  • Exclusive 18" R-Design alloys
  • Twin 90 mm chrome exhaust
  • Satin matt finish to side mirrors and grill
  • Sports steering wheel, gear shift knob and pedals
  • R-Design instrumentation
  • R-Design floor mats with contrasting piping

XC90 R-Design

In addition to the R-Design elements outlined for the C30, S40, V50, the XC90 R-Design incorporates the following:

  • Higher-rated anti-roll bars, firmer shock absorbers, sports-tuned speed dependent steering
  • Dynaudio Premium Sound
  • Bi-xenon lights with washer system
  • Auto dim rear view mirror
  • Rain sensor wipers
  • Interior Air Quality System
  • Quad exhaust system
  • Exclusive 19" R-Design alloys (20" alloys are available for $1600)
  • Leather sports seats
  • Satin matt finish to side mirrors and grill
  • Sports steering wheel, gear shift knob and pedals
  • R-Design instrumentation
  • R-Design floor mats with contrasting piping
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