The Volvo V40 R-Design has been revealed ahead of its official unveiling at the 2012 Paris motor show at the end of this month.

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The all-new Volvo V40 R-Design follows the tradition of sports-tweaked Volvos, bringing with it details such as a silk metal-framed high-gloss grille, restyled front bumper, daytime running lights, rear diffuser, twin exhaust pipes and five-spoke diamond-cut 17-inch wheels with optional 18-inch wheels also available.

The interior benefits from R-Design-embroidered partial leather seats, sports steering wheel, sports pedals and unique aluminium inlays.

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The Volvo V40’s interactive thin film transistor (TFT) crystal instrument display that allows drivers to switch between three different designs - Elegance, Eco and Performance - again features in the V40 R-Design, however, all modes use the same radiant blue colour unique to the R-Design.

An additional R-Design Lux pack sees embossed full leather upholstery, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, keyless start and active bending xenon headlights that alter their trajectory to see further around corners.

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Across Europe the V40 R-Design carries over all available V40 engines, from the efficiency-focused 84kW/270Nm D2 diesel to the performance-orientated T5 turbo, with its 187kW and 400Nm, but Australian-specification cars will only house the T5 option.

An optional ‘Sport’ chassis upgrade equates to 10mm lower springs, firmer spring and shock absorber settings, and thicker anti-roll bars.

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Available in a choice of seven colours including the classic R-Design Rebel Blue, the Volvo V40 R-Design will top the V40 range in Australia when the model is launched early in 2013.

Volvo Car Corporation says it expects around 10 per cent of all V40 buyers worldwide will choose the R-Design version.

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