While it’s probably a title that Volvo doesn’t want to get rid of, the car brand known for being one of the safest in the world is taking a step in a new direction with a pretty good aesthetic and performance upgrade for the S60.

Under its performance line, R-Design, the Swedish automaker gave their resident sedan a welcome change on both its looks and engine output. Together with the XC60 R-Design, the S60 R-Design made its debut at the New York Auto Show and is set to go on sale later this summer.

"The jump in performance will re-define these two R-Design models," said Doug Speck, president and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America.

"Along with styling and suspension features that set them apart from other versions, our two newest R-Design models will have a higher ’fun-to-drive’ quotient. I see that as a positive thing, and so will car buyers."

You don’t need to convince us that the S60 R-Design just became a more interesting flagship sedan. How that translates to sales will be another matter, but the early returns are looking very promising.

Details on the Volvo S60 R-Design after the jump.

  • 2011 Volvo S60 R-Design
  • Year:
    2011
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    6 turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    325 horsepower
  • Torque @ RPM:
    354 lb/ft of torque
  • body style:

Exterior and Interior

2011 Volvo S60 R-Design High Resolution Interior
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While it might be a little difficult for some to differentiate the S60 R-Design from a standard S60, Volvo did its part by tweaking the former’s design elements to make it stand out from its traditional counterpart. Among the changes done include an exclusive Passion Red exterior finish and a redesigned lower front fascia with the grille painted in a glossy piano black finish. Enhancing the car even further are color-matched body components, details in matte finish, and a hexagonal detail pattern on both the front and rear of the car. The car’s exhaust has also been modified thanks to 90mm twin exhaust tailpipes and the final detail comes in a set of 18" five-spoke diamond cut wheels to nail home the sportiness with which the car is being pegged.

Inside the car, the differentiation between the S60 and the S60 R-Design continues with new sport seats for both front seats, each coming with its own supportive backrest and new seat cushions with deeper side bolsters. The seats also come with an upholstery offered in off-black leather with contrasting stitching and a sport-oriented textured leather accent with an embossed R-Design logo plastered across the front-seat backrests. The S60 R-Design also comes with a sport steering wheel with the R-Design logo, a gear selector, sports pedals, floor mats, and a blue watch-dial instrument cluster.

Performance

2011 Volvo S60 R-Design High Resolution Exterior
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The S60 R-Design will be powered by the Volvo T6 turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine that will produce 325 horsepower and 354 lb/ft of torque, an upgrade of 25 horsepower and 29 lb/ft of torque from the standard Volvo T6 engine.

Pricing

Interested in the car? Well, if you have the urge to make the purchase, be prepared to shell out a base price of $42,275.

Competition

2011 Volvo S60 R-Design High Resolution Exterior
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We love the upgrade on the S60 R-Design. That much we’ll make clear right now. Volvo’s work on the S60 R-Design looks enticing, but what really hits it home is that the performance numbers are right on par with what an Audi S4 is capable. It’s an interesting comparison, one that puts a Swedish brand known for being a ’safe’ car - for better or worse - going up against a German brand that has ’performance’ written all over it. Surprisingly, Volvo did enough of an engine upgrade on the S60 R-Design to make it competitive against the standard-bearing S4 and its 3.0T V6 FSI direct injection engine with 333 horsepower and 325 lb/ft of torque.

In terms of design, we love the upgrades done on the S60 R-Design. Dare we say, we actually like it more than the Audi S4. Yes, we said it.

2011 Volvo S60 R-Design High Resolution Exterior
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  • Leave it
    • Engine upgrade could be more powerful
    • If money isn’t a problem, you have more options to choose from
    • Would’ve loved to see more touches done on the interior
What do you think?
Show Comments

33 comments:

  (553) posted on 02.9.2012

It looks stunning in red exterior. The interior was very promising. It was actually cheaper than any competitive cars. This design was improved than the older.

  (320) posted on 01.5.2012

This Volvo S60 is in the middle for me; it is not one of those cars that you can line up with impressive neither cool, but you cannot also line up it with those ugly cars. It is quite good enough for me.

  (559) posted on 01.2.2012

It maybe looks so simple and ordinary, but I would still prefer to have this for the fact that it has a very decent platform and image unlike with the other overdressed vehicle.

  (692) posted on 01.1.2012

I think one of the regions that needs to be worked on this one is the exterior. The overall styling needs a bit more touching up.

  (600) posted on 12.28.2011

Wow, thank goodness that I am seeing a lot more Volvo works these days. And it’s really a good thing that the ones that they are releasing are truly awesome.

  (498) posted on 12.19.2011

I am quite surprised that they could squeeze in some engine upgrades on this one. Though the increase isn’t really that much, it would still be a great addition.

  (409) posted on 12.9.2011

This Volvo S60 is in the middle for me; it is not one of those cars that you can line up with impressive neither cool, but you cannot also line up it with those ugly cars. It is quite good enough for me.

  (498) posted on 12.7.2011

At least we can see that they were improving a lot and this S60 R-Design is the proof for that. For a sedan car, it is still quite good for me, just for the appreciation of improvement. smiley

  (442) posted on 12.6.2011

Well, I can’t see anything wrong with this Volvo S60 R-Design. The improvement of this S60 is a valid sign for them and a good start for a new impressive and reliable car.

  (382) posted on 11.24.2011

Its center console is kind of looking awesome, and I also noticed that its steering wheels seem so nice! smiley In spite of having a simple exterior detailing, I’m still impressed with it for the fact that it is very reliable on the road.

  (474) posted on 11.14.2011

The dashboard of this S60 is absolutely looking so awesome! smiley Anyway, I wonder either if why they hate this vehicle? It didn’t look lousy for me, just like what they are trying to say, and I’m glad that it had an impressive engine specification.

  (383) posted on 10.6.2011

I can’t see anything wrong with this S60 R-Design. This kind of car is so practical in everyday transportation and so reliable for a road trip. I found it so fun to drive either.

  (777) posted on 09.26.2011

Volvo cars always have their standard own creative interior design of car. Though I’ve seen familiar face of it to their other model cars. Also I even appreciate the changes done in this car it became an exclusive passion as being redesign This one is nice.

  (409) posted on 09.12.2011

The only upgrades on this is the color combination of the cars and the seat covers and compartments, but generally, a great idea to have a matte finish.

  (306) posted on 09.6.2011

Ally Marchesi is right, and beside we can still appreciate it for being such a reliable car and a practical one. We could still make it the best.

  (595) posted on 08.31.2011

This Volvo S60 is in the middle for me, it is not one of those car that you can line up with impressive neither cool but you cannot also line up it with those ugly cars. It is quite good enough for me.

  (328) posted on 08.22.2011

Volvo S60 R-Design had the same looks of Volvo C70 but just like C70 it also had the classy look despite of being a simple car and I must agreed either that S60 is not really ugly just like what other say.

  (488) posted on 08.19.2011

Me either, I can’t see anything wrong with this S60 R-Design. This kind of car is so practical in everyday transportation and so reliable for a road trip. I found it so fun to drive.

  (337) posted on 08.4.2011

At least we can see that they were improving a lot and this S60 R-Design is the proof for that. For a sedan car, it is still quite good for me, just for the appreciation of improvement. smiley

  (302) posted on 08.1.2011

Yeah! I can see lots of improvement on this Volvo but still it looks so ordinary and you can’t still line up on the other car that is really awesome and powerful.

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