Volvo S60 T6 R-Design is a wolf in sheep's clothing
written on 11-24-2011
The 2012 R-Design is the sport version of the already outstanding S60 T6 all wheel drive sedan.
The price jumps over $4,000; but the car includes the $1500 Premium Package, a $1500 Polestar engine tune and turbo boost, a suspension upgrade, plus some exclusive interior and exterior trim enhancements.
The car is a blast to drive.
Power is strong and very linear from the 325 bhp turbocharged inline 6.
The stiffer suspension is still fairly complaint over rough roads, but the tires are loud when hitting pavement breaks.
I am truly blown away by this car. I owned a 1980 Volvo 240GT years ago and loved it. I sold Volvos and BMWs in Canada for 4 years and loved both brands. I have had my T6 R-Design for only 5 months and was a little concerned I might miss my Infiniti G37 Sport with manual transmission. The S60 is so much fun to drive, I haven't thought much about the G37. I liked what I saw and read when the S60 was redesigned and got seriously interested in the new R-Design. One test drive and I was sold. Only mistake I made was letting my wife use it for a short road trip. A week later we had traded in her Ford Edge on a stunning white/taupe interior Volvo C70 convertible.
I really enjoy my Volvo S 60. The acceleration and safety features mostly sold me on the car. I live in a colder weather. The car cost almost as much as a BMW or Audi. The difference is the overall image and values of the company? I like Volvos focus on safety and being "understated."