2013 Volvo V40 R-Design Unveiled Ahead of Paris Debut

Volvo is bringing another version of the new V40 to this month’s Paris Motor Show, the 2013 Volvo V40 R-Design.

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Volvo is bringing another version of the new V40 to this month’s Paris Motor Show, the 2013 Volvo V40 R-Design. The V40 R-Design is the perfect version of the V40 for people that love the five-door hatchback, but that want even more style and performance.
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“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.

The exterior of the V40 R-Design features a silk-metal framed high-gloss grille. The sporty stance is further enhanced with an ironstone diffuser, silk-metal finished details and twin exhaust tailpipes. It also gets five-spoke diamond-cut wheels (17″ or 18″). In addition to the Rebel Blue exterior color you see here, the V40 R-Design is available in six other colors.

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The R-Design trim can be added to any of the V40’s engines, including the 115-horsepower diesel and high-performance 254-horsepower T5. The R-Design trim also adds a lower and firmer chassis that has been developed in cooperation with Swedish racing driver Robert Dahlgren in the Volvo Polestar Black R team. The optional Sport chassis has been lowered 10 mm and the springs and shock absorbers have a firmer setting.

“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.

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“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.

Unfortunately just like the standard V40, Volvo hasn’t announced any plans to bring the V40 R-Design to the U.S.