Here we have the first few images of Volvo’s new XC90 R Design, an SUV which Volvo Cars claim to be aimed at buyers who are looking for a head-turner that radiates sportiness and dynamism. The release of the R-Design follows the Swedish carmaker’s recent release of the 1,927 individually numbered First Edition XC90 which were exclusively sold online, and were snapped up in 47 hours.

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The exterior includes a number of distinctive details, such as the imposing new grille, front skirting, silk metal window surround, integrated dual exhausts, integrated silver roof rails and matte silver side mirror covers. This XC90 sits on the 20-inch R-Design alloy wheels. Underneath the bonnet of this car lies some of Volvo’s Drive-E powertrain, offering up to 400 hp and a completely new chassis.

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Inside this XC90 you get paddle shifters, contoured sports seats and wrapped in perforated leather, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob are all finished with special R-Design details. It doesn’t end there, too. The R-Design touches also extend to the sports seats, pedals, floor mats and illuminated tread plates. The driver also gets an exclusive R-Design leather key remote control.

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The eight-inch touch screen panel in the centre and a 12.3-inch fully graphical driver display remain as standard features in the R-Design XC90, but now features a unique R-Design theme. Fancy yourself a Porsche Cayenne beating Volvo?

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Matthew H. Tong
A straightforward, fun-loving guy who appreciates the superficiality of a car's appeal, but his admiration for anything on four wheels gives him no reason to neglect the makings of a car. He still believes that fun comes with three pedals and a stick.