First drive: Volvo S60 T5 R-Design
The S60 has to be the best looking Volvo in a long, long time and the Swedes are very serious about its dynamic drive. Has Volvo succeeded with the latest R-Design?
All hail the sportiest version of the S60 range yet, the R-Design version of the T5. Thankfully R-Design changes for the coupe-like shape including the new front airdam, the rear diffuser the chrome mirror covers and those 18-inch "Ixion" alloy wheels are well integrated.
Inside, the R-Design aluminium trim, sports pedals and the blue instrument dials help to lift the standard S60 cabin and make you feel like you're driving something more special.
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On the road, the 240PS, turbocharged T5 engine feels gutsy enough to live up to this S60's sporty looks. Top speed is a licence-losing 143mph, with the dash to 60mph completed in just 6.9 seconds. Steering feel is good, the six-speed gearbox is slick and the handling feels tight.
In fact, my only problems with the S60 R-Design are the ride which I think will be too hard for some and the fact that it's not really dynamic enough to be considered against cars such as the current BMW 3-Series.