2014 Volvo XC60 R-Design is Quicker and Better Connected
The updated 2014 Volvo XC60 debuted to an American audience at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, with R-Design enhancements. The XC60 R-Design is a sport-tuned version of the XC60 T6, equipped with a slight horsepower and torque bump, firmer suspension tuning, and larger wheels. Its turbocharged, 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine delivers 325 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 354 lb.-ft. of torque between 3,000 rpm and 3,600 rpm, fed to all four wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system.
Advanced Quick Shift (AQS) transmission programming is new for the 2014 XC60 R-Design. When the driver chooses the transmission's Sport mode or uses the SUV's new paddle shifters, AQS improves shift times by 30% to 50%, depending on the gears that are changing. The result? Volvo claims the new XC60 R-Design accelerates to 60 mph half a second faster than before, hitting that speed in 6.2 seconds.
In addition to stiffer shocks, springs, and anti-roll bars, the R-Design model is equipped with standard 19-inch aluminum wheels, stickier tires, and a new torque vectoring system called Corner Traction Control. Optionally, Volvo installs 20-inch wheels on this model.
To help the XC60 R-Design stand out, it has a restyled front end featuring a Tech Matte Black grille with a Silk Metal diagonal strip. Round tailpipes are located on either side of a rear diffuser panel. Inside, the R-Design includes leather-wrapped sport seats, a black headliner, stainless steel doorsill plates, and a new Adaptive Digital Display rendering the instrumentation according to Elegance, Eco, and Performance themes.
Additionally, all 2014 XC60 models have a refined interior, and can be optioned with a heated windshield and heated steering wheel. Sensus Connected Touch technology turns the XC60 into a rolling Wi-Fi hotspot, and new safety options include cross traffic alert, an updated blind-spot information system, and a new Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake system.
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