The S90 R-Design is an executive Volvo with a bit more attitude. Picture: QUICKPIC
The S90 R-Design is an executive Volvo with a bit more attitude. Picture: QUICKPIC

As it promised when it launched the new S90 earlier in 2017, Volvo SA has now added the R-Design models to the lineup of the Swedish executive sedan.

Visually, R-Design models are distinguishable by a more aggressive front design, while the sides are enhanced by a satin chrome glasshouse surround and matt-silver mirror caps.

The tail pipes are embedded into a sportier bumper with a colour-coded diffuser plate, while 19-inch alloy wheels complete the sportier look as standard, with 20-inch and 21-inch options available.

On the inside, charcoal sports-contoured seats finished in Nappa leather with Nubuck inners provide support and comfort. There is a sports steering wheel with perforated leather inserts and an R-Design badge as well as a perforated-leather gear lever.

The interior gets R-Design seats, steering wheel, gear lever and pedals. Picture: QUICKPIC
The interior gets R-Design seats, steering wheel, gear lever and pedals. Picture: QUICKPIC

Aluminium sports pedals and gearshift paddles feature as standard as well, alongside unique floor mats and illuminated R-Design door sills.

The chassis has been uprated for sportier driving. Volvo’s scalable product architecture has been adapted to provide a tauter setup, optimised for enhanced dynamics as opposed to the comfort-oriented chassis seen in other S90 models.

Up front is a standard double wishbone and coil suspension setup, while the rear features an integral axle with transverse composite leaf springs. The air suspension available on regular S90 models is not available for the R-Design derivatives.

Optional equipment is shared with other S90 derivatives, but for R-Design models an exclusive option pack is available.

Engines remain the same as the rest of the range, with two petrols and two diesels, all of which are turbocharged 2.0l units pushing their power through an eight-speed Geartronic transmission to either front or all-wheel drive.

The twin-turbo D4 diesel, with front-wheel drive, offers 140kW and 400Nm, with claimed average fuel consumption of 4.4l/100km and carbon emissions of 116g/km. The twin-turbo D5, with all-wheel drive and PowerPulse technology to mitigate turbo lag, pushes out 173kW and 480Nm with the claimed consumption at 4.8l/100km 127g/km of CO².

The rear gets a revised bumper and exhaust tips. Picture: QUICKPIC
The rear gets a revised bumper and exhaust tips. Picture: QUICKPIC

Petrol power is provided by either the high-pressure, single-turbo T5 with front-wheel drive generating 187kW and 350Nm, with claimed figures of 6.5l/100km and 149g/km, or the range-topping T6 AWD with supercharging and turbocharging to generate 235kW and 400Nm. Claimed figures on the T6 include a 0-100km/h time of 5.9 seconds, but when you don’t have your foot flat, the company says you can achieve 7.2l/100km and carbon emissions of 165g/km.

Pricing for the S90 R-Design models runs from R718,300 to R874,600.

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