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2013 Volvo V40 R-Design - Web Exclusive

Taking a leaf from the Polestar playbook to turn heads and ensure the 245hp machine doesn’t go unnoticed.

Greg Emmerson
Sep 13, 2012
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Volvo North America currently has no plans to import the youthful V40 model into the country. This was a shame when it was simply a sporty hatchback/sports wagon, but now there’s an R-Design model it will have fans of the marque up in arms.

Taking a leaf from the Polestar playbook, the new car is seen here in vivid Rebel Blue, to turn heads and ensure the 245hp machine doesn’t go unnoticed.

It features a unique R-Design elements including what they describe as a silk-metal front grille frame. This finish is repeated on the rear diffuser that surrounds the twin tailpipes. A set of diamond-cut five-spoke wheels, available in 17" or 18", complete the exterior overhaul along with a choice of seven paint colors.

The V40’s special interactive dashboard allows you to switch between three layouts – Elegance, Eco and Performance – and each is projected in the same radiant blue.

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The seats feature black Nubuck cloth with perforated leather andan embroidered R-design logo in blue. Full leather is also available as an option.

Other highlights include R-Design steering wheel, gear shifter, handbrake and pedals, as well as aluminum inlays and a black headlining.

While most US versions of the R-Design models come only with the top of the range engine and boast Polestar performance software, Europeans can opt for the R-Design package with all engines variants, including the 115hp D2 diesel up to the 245hp T5 turbo.

The chassis was developed with assistance from with Swedish racing driver Robert Dahlgren who drives for the Volvo Polestar Black R team.

The optional Sport chassis is lowered 10mm using stiffer springs and shock absorbers with monotube dampers on the rear and larger sway bars.

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By Greg Emmerson
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