2008 Volvo V70 R-Design styling package

2008 Volvo V70 R-Design
2008 Volvo V70 R-Design

The 2008 Volvo V70 Estate family wagon will soon receive its own personalization package from the Swedish manufacturer’s R Design in-house tuning facility.

Similar in its philosophy to BMW’s Individual division (or, probably, to Audi’s S-Line personalization program), the new 2008 Volvo V70 R-Design appearance package gives the family car more energetic appearance. The numerous improvements over the base model are, of course, not limited just to the vehicle’s exterior. They also feature a lot of nice, even luxury, elements in the vehicle’s spacious interior.

2008 Volvo V70 R-Design (front view)

Besides the visual enhancements, which include sports steering wheel, aluminum pedals, smooth leather upholstery, which is now available in different colors and textures, and a specially designed center console with something that at least looks like machined aluminum, new five-spoke aluminum 18-inch wheels, silk metal finish grille with the R Design emblem and chromed exhaust pipes as well as the whole eleven (!) new exterior colors, the tuning package brings some technical changes as well.

For example, the cars ground clearance has been lowered by 20mm at the front and 15mm at the rear. The V70 R-Design’s suspension now features stiffer anti-roll bars and bushings and more responsive steering feedback making the car more interesting to drive.

2008 Volvo V70 R-Design (interior)

The Volvo V70 R-Design will go to the UK market this August and will start from £26,745 for the car with a 2.0-liter petrol engine, which makes it a decent competitor to its main rival — the new Audi A4 Avant and the BMW 523i SE Touring, although it is still more expensive than the more practical Volkswagen Passat Estate Highline 1.8 TSI station wagon.

2008 Volvo V70 R-Design (interior, instruments cluster)
2008 Volvo V70 R-Design (interior, gear lever)

Photos: Volvo

See also: 2007 Volvo XC90 tuned by Heico Sportiv