Volvo has just announced a sportier, R-Design versions of its higly dynamic models 2011 Volvo S60 and V60. Both rides, the 2011 Volvo S60 R-Design and the 2011 Volvo V60 R-Design are true embodiments of the latest athletic innovations from the Swedish premium automaker.

Stefan Sallqvist, manager of vehicle dynamics at Volvo Cars, shares: "Refining a chassis is a bit like being an athlete looking to break new records. Once you're beaten one record, you're immediately focused on the next. In the R-Design chassis we've sharpened the steering, the agility and the solid overall impression still further compared with the dynamic chassis in the all-new S60 and V60. The driving experience should be so connected and compact that it feels as though the car has been milled out of a single block of aluminium."

To add even more dynamics without compromising the driving experience, the chassis experts at Volvo have quipped the new R-Design rides with what is known as a strut brace under the bonnet, which is actually a bar that ties together the suspension strut towers, a classic approach of stiffening up the body structure.

Stefan Sallqvist further explains: "The car now has a more solid feel to it, which in turn helps make the steering feel even more responsive with a distinctive contact with the road."

The key elements of the new R-Design Volvo additions, include: monotube dampers at the rear, 15 mm shorter and 15 per cent stiffer front and rear springs, 20 per cent stiffer bushings, as well as a new Corner Traction Control unit, which utilizes torque vectoring for smoother cornering and further boasts a DSTC anti-spin system.

DSTC (Dynamic Stability and Traction Control) system:

  • Advanced Stability Control. With a new gyroscopic roll-angle sensor it is possible to identify any skidding tendency at a very early stage. This means that the anti-spin system can deploy faster and with greater precision. Advanced Stability Control provides a huge improvement in driving properties and in emergency avoidance manoeuvres during dynamic driving involving considerable lateral forces.
  • Engine Drag Control. Prevents the wheels from losing their grip during engine braking on a slippery surface.
  • The DSTC system also has a sports setting that makes it possible for the driver to drive more actively. By disabling the anti-spin function, the car allows more pronounced oversteer.

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Engine range:

Petrol engines

Displacement

Configuration

Output

Torque

T6

3.0

6-cyl in-line

304 bhp

440 Nm

2.0T

2.0

4-cyl in-line

203 bhp

300 Nm

T5

2.0

4-cyl in-line

240 bhp

320 Nm

T4

1.6

4 cyl in-line

180 bhp

240 Nm

T3

1.6

4-cyl in-line

150 bhp

240 Nm

 

 

 

 

 

Diesel engines

Displacement

Configuration

Output

Torque

D5

2.4

5-cyl in-line

205 bhp

420 Nm

D3

2.0

5-cyl in-line

163 bhp

400 Nm

1.6 D DRIVe

1.6

4-cyl in-line

115 bhp

270 Nm