Volvo Keeps the Hits Coming With R-Design S90 and V90
As Volvo continues to make its way through the $11 billion transformation plan that began back in 2010, we, the consumers, just keep getting treat after treat. First came the superb XC90 SUV, and now production versions of the the S90 sedan and V90 wagon have begun. Further making the case that they're in touch with what their customer base wants, Volvo has now confirmed that the S90 and V90 will get the R-Design treatment, just as the XC90 did. What does checking the R-Design option box bring to the car? Well, for starters, you should understand that this is a sport package, not a performance package, so think M-Sport not M, or F-Sport, not F. Instead of letting Polestar have at the cars (as we hope they eventually will), the R-Design trim adds just a bit of edginess to the elegant, and understated design of the S90 and V90. Most apparent are the five-spoke diamond cut wheels finished in polished silver and matte black, which look just as good here as they do on the XC90. Additional exterior touches include a unique grille, fog lights integrated into the spoiler, and piano black trim on both ends. RELATED: See More of the Stunning New Volvo S90 Sedan
Changes to the interior come in the form of silver "deco" trim, an R-Design steering wheel, and R-Design seats that look like some of the most comfortable units ever offered by the Swedes, which is saying something. According to Volvo, R-Design models also come with a "sport chassis", which means stiffer springs, dampers, and a lower ride height.
An air suspension is also optional, but what I really want to know is if it'll be possible to combine the R-Design package with the Polestar Optimization Package. Seeing as how much Volvo seems to enjoy making their fanbase happy of late, instead of alienating them as some other brands do, I'd say checking both option boxes is all but a foregone conclusion.
Whether or not the Volvo contingent here in the States will be as happy as those abroad remains to be seen, but again, this is a new Volvo, one that needs to be successful everywhere. It does them no good to hold back the fastest—not to mention the most expensive models, from a consumer base that gobbles up sporty Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi products.
We'll just have to wait and see what happens when the S90 goes on sale this fall, followed by the V90 a few months later in early 2017. No pricing info has been released for the R-Design models as of yet, but you can expect them to fall somewhere between "I suppose I can afford that" to "Maybe I should just get a used Aston Martin".
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