2012 Volvo S60
Following in the tracks of the all-new Volvo S60 and V60, Volvo Cars’ chassis experts are now taking the next step on the road to car enthusiast paradise.
The result is the Volvo S60 and V60 R-Design – even sportier, even more dynamic and even more exciting.
‘Refining a chassis is a bit like being an athlete looking to break new records. Once you’re beaten one record, you’re immediately focused on the next. In the R-Design chassis we’ve sharpened the steering, the agility and the solid overall impression still further compared with the dynamic chassis in the all-new S60 and V60,’ says Stefan Sällqvist, manager of vehicle dynamics at Volvo Cars. He adds:
‘The driving experience should be so connected and compact that it feels as though the car has been milled out of a single block of aluminium.’
After developing the all-new S60 and V60, which are Volvo Cars’ most dynamic models ever, the chassis team focused on further refining a number of details.
‘The challenge was to boost the dynamics without making the chassis feel raw. If the chassis is too firm, even smooth tarmac can feel bumpy. We wanted a distinct yet plush feel.’ relates Stefan Sällqvist.
While it’s probably a title that Volvo doesn’t want to get rid of, the car brand known for being one of the safest in the world is taking a step in a new direction with a pretty good aesthetic and performance upgrade for the S60.
Under its performance line, R-Design, the Swedish automaker gave their resident sedan a welcome change on both its looks and engine output. Together with the XC60 R-Design, the S60 R-Design made its debut at the New York Auto Show and is set to go on sale later this summer.