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Volvo’s restyled racer sets the bar for high style on the North Shore.

2014 Volvo S60 T6 AWD R-Design

No, your eyes aren’t fooling you—this little red number is indeed a Volvo. The Swedish automaker’s restyled 2014 S60 is a racer, with a 325 horsepower turbocharged engine that propels it from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds. A matte black grille and blacked-out rims add an edgy appeal to this quite sensible sedan.

Inside, Volvo’s Swedish heritage comes through in clean lines, a slim aluminum-trimmed center console and a sporty three-spoke steering wheel. A new central display is suited to your mood of the day, changing colors and figures, depending on which setting you choose—from eco to elegant to performance. While the S60 is certainly a head-turner in the looks department, safety has not been overlooked—it earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s coveted Top Safety Pick Plus for its flawless performance in all crash tests. Not only is it safe and fun to drive, but its streamlined styling and attractive price tag propel this sleek four-door to MVP status in the midsize sport sedan segment. Available at Fields Volvo in Northfield,

Spec Check
2014 Volvo S60 T6 AWD R-Design

Base Price: $44,500 est.

Engine: Turbocharged 3.0-liter I6

Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Horsepower: 325 hp @ 5,400 rpm

Torque: 354 lb.-ft. @ 3,000 rpm

Cargo capacity: 12 cu. ft.

City fuel economy: 18 mpg

Highway fuel economy: 25 mpg

Fuel tank: 17.8 gal.

Weight: 3,835 lbs.

0 to 60 mph: 5.3 seconds

Top speed: 130 mph