Words by Hans Gerald Chua | Photos courtesy of Volvo Car Corporation
Back in the day, Volvo's were synonymous for making boring, bland soccer-mom station wagons, and was the equivalent of a petrol head’s kryptonite. Owning though one isn’t that bad, especially with its high safety standards and unprecedented reliability made. But in its efforts to capture the attention of a much younger audience, Volvo gave its newest five-door hatchback the R-Design treatment.
The new Volvo V40 R-Design, featured in a special Polestar Racing Rebel Blue shade, is fitted with an aerodynamically-sculpted front bumper and a metal-framed high gloss grill. The rear, on the other hand, gets an ironstone diffuser with more metal details, plus twin exhaust tailpipes to give it a sportier edge. Heck, they've even covered the side mirrors in a metal shell. Finally, you get an option of 17 or 18 inch five-spoke, diamond cut wheels to complement the V40 R-Design's aggression.