R power

Slick Swede should have lots of go to match its show

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Car News - STU­ART MARTIN stu­art.martin@cars­guide.com.au

THE new­est pocket-rocket from Swe­den surges into show­rooms next year.

Volvo says the V40 R-De­sign will be re­leased along with the main­stream V40 range early in 2013— an un­usual move, as per­for­mance vari­ants gen­er­ally fol­low the lesser cars by some months.

The R-De­sign model will be lim­ited to the T5 driv­e­train, mean­ing a turbo petrol engine good for a rous­ing 187kW and 360Nm (400Nm on over­boost) to get to 100km/h from stand­ing in 6.5 sec­onds. The R-De­sign tops a range of V40s start­ing with a 1.6-litre four­cylin­der turbo diesel (man­ual), on to a 2.0-litre 130kW/400Nm turbo diesel and a 2.0-litre 132kW/300Nm turbo petrol that comes only with an auto.

Volvo Aus­tralia’s Oliver Peagam says the brand is fine­tun­ing the line-up and pric­ing. ‘‘ His­tor­i­cally we’ve only had an R-De­sign on the T5 and T6 en­gines. I think we’ll be main­tain­ing that,’’ he says.

The R-De­sign’s snout has been al­tered with a new glossy ‘‘ silk-metal’’ grille, with the same fin­ish on other ex­te­rior trim, as well as an ‘‘ iron­stone’’ rear dif­fuser, twin ex­hausts and 18-inch ‘‘ di­a­mond cut’’ al­loy wheels. Its six colours in­clude the pic­tured Rebel Blue.

The cabin gets the main­stream V40’s new dash­board, with three lay­out choices, El­e­gance, Eco and Per­for­mance. The dif­fer­ence in the R-De­sign is that all three carry the blue theme.

Seat­ing is up­graded but Volvo says it is still clearly a Scan­di­na­vian de­sign— leather and nubuck trimmed with an R-De­sign logo, or op­tional full-leather pew. The cabin also gets model-spe­cific steer­ing wheel, gear shift, hand­brake and sports ped­als, as well as alu­minium trim.

‘‘ The V40 R-De­sign is de­signed around the per­for­mance-minded in­di­vid­ual with a pas­sion for the things that add ex­tra spice to life,’’ Volvo Car prod­uct strat­egy se­nior vice pres­i­dent Lex Kersse­mak­ers says.

The hot­tie has what Volvo calls a heav­ily mod­i­fied ver­sion of the Ford Fo­cus plat­form, with the Sport sus­pen­sion set up 10mm lower than the reg­u­lar V40. Swedish race ace Robert Dahlgren and the Volvo Polestar Black R team col­lab­o­rated in this.

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