With an eye toward injecting a bit of life into their flat-lining existence, Volvo is testing the waters to see if a fully packaged S80 R-Design will take with consumers. Whether that happens or not will depend on if owners are willing to do without performance upgrades to the typical R-Design trimmings.
Volvo has shifted away from true “R” badged vehicles that had both aesthetic and performance upgrades, to “R-Design” models which are mostly eye candy only. So while an elevated S80 may not come to fruition, at the very least, Volvo-lovers can be content with a new R-Design interior package for the S80 that will be made available next year. Clues as to what they may entail were given last month when Volvo unveiled their XC60 R-Design. In addition to an aggressive styling treatment, the XC60 receives a stiffer chassis and more direct steering.
Differences between the standard XC60 and R-Design model include side skirts and front and rear fascias painted the same color as the body, and side mirrors and exterior trim in a matte metal finish. XC60 R-Design models also receive polished 18-inch aluminum wheels standard, with optional 20-inch wheels. Inside, the R-Design model adds aluminum trim on the center console, door moldings, brake and accelerator pedals, and the steering wheel. A two-tone interior in either beige or black is standard on sport bucket seats in front.
Likely S80 modifications would include a rear spoiler, sportier fascia, and sill extensions for more sport sedan styling.