2011 VOLVO XC60

Volvo is expanding the lineup of its XC60 small premium utility for 2011. The new 3.2 R-Design brings the dynamic appeal of Volvo’s R-Design styling and sporty handling enhancements to a more attainable price point when compared to the flagship of the line, the XC60 T6 R-Design. The primary difference between the two R-Design models is the choice of powerplants.
A 3.2-liter naturally aspirated six-cylinder engine powers the XC60 3.2 model and its new R-Design variant. For 2011, output increases to 240 horsepower.
Those who relish the added thrust of a Volvo turbocharged powerplant will welcome the news that the XC60 T6 AWD and T6 R-Design receive a power boost for 2011. The 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine now delivers 300 horsepower and 325 lb.-ft. of torque, for net gains of 19 hp and 30 lb.-ft. respectively. Mated to the standard 6-speed “Geartronic” automatic transmission and All-Wheel-Drive with Instant Traction, the T6 models can sprint from 0-60 mph in just 6.9 seconds.
The R-Design models give the XC60 an even bolder appearance. Standard features include 20-inch “Cratus” alloy wheels, color-matched lower body moldings and a metallic-themed interior with aluminum inserts in the steering wheel, door moldings and the iconic center stack. It also maintains typical R-design attributes like silk metal finish outside mirror housings, trim moldings, skid plates, twin chrome tailpipes and the R-Design logo embossed in the front seat backrests and displayed on the grille.
The 2011 XC60 R-Design is fitted with a stiffer chassis, featuring stronger damping and a more direct steering gear that allows the driver to benefit from more alert vehicle behavior and more precise communication with the road surface.
Base model estimated mpg: 18/24
Estimated starting price: $32,400
Compiled by Motor Matters

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