In what could well turn out to be a first for MotorMartin, it’s perhaps finally time to accept that Volvo, that most mighty of Swedish manufacturers have finally decided to introduce a little flair and sporting flavour to their lineup and I think you’ll have to agree, they’ve been most successful.

Volvo Cars have revealed performance-inspired R-Design models of the new S90 saloon and V90 estate and the look fantastic in MotorMartin’s eyes. A job well done and as far removed from their original boxy, 1980s designs as it’s possible to be.

Central to the S90 and V90 R-Design, Volvo Cars tell us, is an advanced sport chassis that delivers an energetic, road-hugging drive.

“R-Design delivers an edge to our elegant estate and saloon models in our 90 Series, with a winning combination of a sportier, more responsive drive with clearly visible performance styling,” shared Björn Annwall, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo Cars with MotorMartin.

Perhaps the most striking element of the new design Is the new front-end design, sporting spoiler-integrated foglights, the R-Design models come with a unique grille and piano black trim on both the front and rear. A new five-spoke matt black diamond-cut wheel adds to the performance feel.

And it’s not just the exterior that has had a major reworking as a wide range of styling cues are also included on the inside – from unique deco trim, pedals and mats, to the sporty contour seats and special steering wheel, including a high-level interior illumination package that radiates attention to detail.


Volvo Cars have confirmed to MotorMartin that order books are now open for the S90 and V90 R-Design models and that UK prices will be announced in Q3 2016. MotorMartin can’t wait. Desirable Volvos, who’d have thought it?

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