Volvo unleashes V40
THE latest and smallest pocket-rocket from Sweden, the V40 R-Design, will be in Australia for the mainstream V40 launch early next year.
That’s the aim of Volvo Car Australia, which is in the final stages of price negotiations for the performance flagship of the V40 range.
The R-Design model will again be limited to the T5 drive-train, unlike its home market where it can be applied across the petrol and turbodiesel engine line-up.
In Australia, the V40 R-Design will have 187kW and 360Nm (400Nm on overboost) at its disposal to propel it to 100km/h in 6.5 seconds, with an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h.
It will top a range of V40 engines that will start with an 84kW/270Nm 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel (in manual only), a 2-litre, 5-cylinder 130kW/400Nm turbodiesel and a 2-litre 132kW/300Nm 5-cylinder turbocharged petrol that will only be available with an automatic transmission.
Volvo Australia’s Oliver Peagam said the brand was still fine-tuning the line-up and pricing but hoped to have the R-Design available from launch.
‘‘It’s going to be early next year. We’re hoping to have it as part of the V40 launch in the first quarter,’’ he said.
‘‘Historically we’ve only had an R-Design on the T5 and T6 engines but I think we’ll be maintaining that tradition.’’
Available in six colours, including the pictured Rebel Blue, the new V40 R-Design is laying claim to having the looks and highperformance driving experience to back it up.
The snout has been altered with a new, glossy ‘‘silk-metal’’ grille and the same finish applied to a number of other exterior trim pieces, as well as an ‘‘ironstone’’ rear diffuser and twin exhausts sitting on 18-inch ‘‘diamond cut’’ alloy wheels.
The cabin gets the mainstream V40’s new dashboard, which offers three layout choices for the driver – Elegance, Eco and Performance. The difference in the R-Design is that all three carry the blue-colour theme.
Seating is upgraded but Volvo said it was still a clearly Scandinavian design – leather and Nubuck trimmed with an R-design logo, or an optional fullleather pew is available.
The cabin also gets modelspecific steering wheel, gear shift, handbrake and sports pedals, as well as aluminium trim additions.
Volvo Car product strategy senior vice president Lex Kerssemakers said the R-Design’s attention to detail covered the expressive design as well as the agile, precise performance.
‘‘The V40 R-Design is designed around the performance-minded individual with a passion for those things that add extra spice to life,’’ he said.
Sitting on what Volvo calls a heavily modified version of the Ford Focus platform, the V40 R-Design’s Sport suspension sits 10mm lower and has been developed in conjunction with Swedish race-ace Robert Dahlgren and the Volvo Polestar Black R team.
The springs and dampers have been tightened up accordingly and the diameter of the anti-roll bars have been increased.
Volvo said R-Design buyers’ passion for a fastpaced life was not just about speed and acceleration
The Swedish brand is aiming the vehicle at younger buyers.
The high-performance Volvo V40 R-Design will be available in six colours when it arrives in Australia next year