The new Volvo V40 R-Design is an interesting alternative to the classic V40, changes are found especially at the exterior design and chassis. The new sports chassis is lowered. Developed by Volvo Polestar Black R in collaboration with Swedish driver Robert Dahlgren, the new chassis comes with sports anti-roll bar and improved suspensions.
At the exterior level, Volvo V40 R-Design changes are great, especially the rear, where there is a new grille, a reshaped front bar and an air diffuser flanked by two round tailpipes. Wheels are also part of a special set for R-Design version of the Swedish model, available in two sizes: 17 or 18 inches.
Icing on the cake is the dedicated Rebel Blue exterior color, which maintains the sporty look emphasized by the new esthetic elements. Inside Volvo V40 R-Design has interesting changes. A full digital dashboard, sports seats covered with a mixture of suede and perforated leather, redesigned gear lever, handbrake lever and pedals.
R-Design can be combined with all engines available for the all-new Volvo V40, from the D2 diesel with 115 horsepower and CO2 emissions at 94 g/km, to the high-performance T5 petrol turbo with 254 horsepower.
"Creating a driving experience that fulfils the R-Design buyers´ passion for a fast-paced life is not just about speed and acceleration. Agility and precision are equally important for these performance-minded individuals. Both the standard Dynamic chassis and the optional Sport chassis are designed to offer a class-leading, intense driving experience, no matter if you prioritise maximum fuel-efficiency or rapid acceleration," says Lex Kerssemakers.
"The V40 R-Design is designed around the performance minded individual with a passion for those things that add extra spice to life. The meticulous attention to detail covers the expressive design as well as the agile, precise performance," says Lex Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President Product Strategy & Vehicle Line Management at Volvo Car Corporation.
"Inside, the new generation R-Design seats and interior details emphasise the distinctive Scandinavian design aura of the all-new V40. R-Design appeals especially to customers that love active driving and a personal, expressive design. We have talked to them a lot to ensure that every single detail contributes to the individualistic, refined expression they desire," says Lex Kerssemakers.
"The V40 R-Design is agile, responsive and fun to drive. Both chassis offer the enthusiastic driver a feeling of total control. You get both that connected response that makes a winding country road so much fun as well as the precise, nimble moves it takes to stay on top of busy urban traffic," says Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research & Development at Volvo Car Corporation.
"Previous R-Design models have played an important role for increasing our sales and for lowering the age of our customer base. We believe that the all-new V40 R-Design will give this trend another boost," says Lex Kerssemakers.