Volvo revealed a performance upgrade for the 2012 S60 R-Design and 2012 XC60 R-Design at the New York auto show. This is considered a new addition since traditionally, Volvo’s R-Design packages have only included modified looks and chassis tuning.
Powering these two R-Design models is Volvo’s T6 engine, a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six, which was upgraded to deliver 325hp and 354 pound-feet of torque. In all other configurations, the T6 is rated at 300hp and 325 pound-feet.
This serves as an upgrade engine in the S60 sedan and XC60 crossover and in other Volvo products as well. The R-Design may be intended to be sporty but the T6 in both the S60 R-Design and XC60 R-Design models feature only a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
Aside from getting their power boosted, the XC60 R-Design and S60 R-Design haven’t had any other major changes for the 2012 model year. In addition, the S60 is lower by 0.6 inch and has been given a front strut-tower brace, retuned rear dampers, and firmer rear suspension bushings; thus, improving handling.
Aesthetically, the S60 has been given a set of unique wheels, twin exhaust tips, a gloss-black front grille, trunk spoiler, bolstered sport seats, and several R-Design badges. For 2010, the XC60 R-Design features a firmer suspension, unique 18- or 20-inch wheels, aluminum accents, sportier seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The 325hp versions of the two cars are slated to start selling later this summer. The S60 R-Design model has a price tag of $43,150 and the XC60 R-Design is priced at $44,025 (which includes $875 in destination charges).
When it comes to safety, the S60 R-Design is equipped with the Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake. This particular driver assistance system is composed of a central control unit, camera placed in the front of its inside rearview mirror, and a radar unit, newly developed and then integrated to the grille.
The radar unit is responsible not just for detecting objects in front of the vehicle but to also measure how far away it is. After that, the camera determines what kind of object has been detected. For speeds 22 mph and below, this driver assistance system helps the vehicle avoid hitting any pedestrian.
When running at higher speeds, the same system helps to lessen the severity of any impact that occurs. This safety system has been programmed as well to react to vehicles that are in the front, whether they moving in a similar direction or in a standstill.
Since the dual-mode radar offers a wider field of vision, even pedestrians that are about to walk on the road can be detected as well. In addition, the camera now offers a higher resolution compared to the prior generation. With this, it makes it possible to discover the patterns of movement of the pedestrian.