Volvo introduced today, ahead of 2012 Paris Motor Show the all-new V40 R-Design, a sporty version of the recently introduced hatchback. As you can see from the photos, the V40 R-Design comes with exterior styling changes over the standard V40, which contribute to a more aggressive appearance.
The exterior changes include a new front bumper with redesigned fog lights, a new front grille, a new rear bumper with integrated exhaust system and air diffuser and a new set of diamond cut wheels available in 17 or 18-inch diameters.
The car presented in the photos is in a Rebel Blue livery, but the V40 R-Design buyer has a choice of six other exterior colours. The chassis of the car has been developed in co-operation with Swedish racing driver Robert Dahlgren in the Volvo Polestar Black R team.
Volvo says that the car is available with an optional sport chassis which is lowered by 10 mm compared with the dynamic chassis. Inside, the new V40 R-Design comes with a brand new steering wheel, a new gear knob, handbrake lever and a new set of aluminum pedals.
The seats feature blue embroidered R-Design logos and are available in either full leather or black Nubuck textile and leather.
Furthermore, the interior features aluminum inlays that offset the predominantly black interior colour scheme. Under the hood, the car can be equipped with the powerful T5 petrol engine delivering 254 hp but this is not the only engine available to the V40 R-Design, as the Swedish manufacturer promises to offer all the engines available for the all-new Volvo V40.
This means that the car can even be equipped with the D2 diesel with 115 horsepower and CO2 emissions at 94 g/km. Prices will be announced in early October and the dealers will be able to take orders immediately. Deliveries are set to start in January 2013.
Volvo developed the chassis of the new Volvo V40 R-Design in collaboration with racing driver Robert Dahlgren of the Volvo Polestar Black R team. For those who wanted a lowered V40, they may avail of the optional Sport chassis, which is around 10 mm lower than the Dynamic chassis. The chassis for the new Volvo V40 R-Design features springs and shock absorbers with firmer setting, which allows for better response and better control.
The front suspension system comes with McPherson struts with 25 mm piston rods, resulting in a stiffness level that allows the structure to better absorb lateral loads. The rear suspension system for the Volvo V40 R-Design is offered in the form of monotube dampers whose compression and return damping are implemented by the same valve. In this configuration, the fluid flow is shorter and faster, allowing the damper to respond at a quicker pace. The new Volvo V40 R-Design also employs anti-roll bars with increased diameter.
Since the Dynamic chassis offers a rigid body and low center of gravity, the Volvo V40 R-Design could better respond to driver’s input, thereby resulting to an enjoyable driving experience that doesn’t sacrifice ride comfort.
Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President for Research & Development at Volvo Car, described the Volvo V40 R-Design as agile, responsive and fun-to-drive car, thanks to two available chassis that allows drivers to exert total control. He remarked that both the Dynamic and Sport chassis offer a level of response and nimbleness that allows the V40 R-Design to be as great on urban streets as on winding rural roads.