Volvo has announced plans to introduce the facelifted 2010 C30 R-Design at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Debuting alongside the updated C30 and C70 convertible, the R-Design is described as "the nearest thing to a dedicated sports car" that Volvo makes. To ensure this statement carries weight, the car features a number of sporty touches both cosmetic and mechanical.

In terms of styling, the R-Design is outfitted with unique 'silk metal' accents, an exclusive monotone body kit, a roof-mounted spoiler, 17-inch five-spoke 'Cratus' aluminum wheels (18-inchers are optional), and chrome-plated exhaust tips.

Inside, the C30 boasts two-tone seats, a leather and aluminum gear knob, and a sports steering wheel. Other goodies include aluminum pedals, floor mats with contrasting piping, blue instrument gauges, and plenty of R-Design logos.

On the performance side, Volvo stiffened the springs 30%, lowered the ride height 10mm, added sportier mono-tube dampers, and beefed up the roll stabilizers. To improve the steering, the company added stiffer bushings and lowered the ratio to give drivers a 10% faster response.

According to Stefan Sällqvist, manager of Vehicle Dynamics, "The driver should feel confident that the car will behave exactly as expected. That is an important part of our safety focus when we develop new chassis. This feeling of security also means the driver can fully enjoy the sporty driving characteristics."

Gallery: 2010 Volvo C30 R-Design Facelift Upgraded

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