Last week’s photo showed the 2012 Volvo S60, a sporty sedan with all-wheel drive and turbocharging. For a better photo and information on the high-performance R-Design version, read this week’s road test.
Chosen randomly from the correct entries was Jim Muraski, of Martinez. He wins a prize from The Augusta Chronicle.
Other readers identifying the Volvo were:
AUGUSTA: Carolyn Ogles
CANTON, GA.: David Anderson wrote: “The indicator lights inboard of the headlights give this one away as the Volvo S60, and the outside mirrors indicate that this is most likely the top-of-the-line R-Design model featuring a 325-horsepower turbocharged 3-liter, all-wheel drive and a nearly $43,000 base price.
“By comparison, the base S60 model features a 250-horse inline five-cylinder with front-wheel drive and a measly $31,000 base price.
“Volvo has always marketed itself primarily as one of the safest vehicles to consider, if not always the best-looking brand available. Make no mistake about it, these are not the stogy, boxy, drab vehicles once the choice of every tweed-jacketed accountant and college professor worldwide.
“They do, however, remain one of the safest vehicle lines available with cars chock-full of technology and safety features that are only a couple of generations away from being able to drive themselves, and now they even look like a car you would want to buy!
“In fact, poking fun at the (lack of) Volvo styling, a recent General Motors billboard campaign depicted the instantly recognizable back end of the 1963 Corvette Sting Ray split-window coupe with the caption, “They don’t write songs about Volvos.”
CUMMING, GA.: Chris Rhodes wrote: “The vehicle shown is the 2012 Volvo S60, most probably the R-Design model.
“Though Volvo has, for decades, enjoyed a well-deserved reputation for producing solid and safe vehicles, it has not received the same attention for being a driver’s car. The S60 makes the case for a change in consumer sentiment.
“The S60 does, indeed, contain all of the safety features for which Volvo is known, but it is also significantly more sporty than many of its predecessors. With a total of three trim/performance levels available, Volvo allows the potential customer to choose the amount of performance desired.
“The top-grade R-Design variant offers the most performance and is a serious opponent for some German rivals … really!
“With a 3-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder producing more horsepower and torque than a BMW 535i, the R-Design shows that Volvo is serious about enhancing its image. And with a price tag that is about $10,000 less than the 535i, Volvo should see quite a bit of cross-shopping activity in its showrooms.”
EVANS: Jerry Paul
MARTINEZ: Jeff Miller wrote: “For your $45,000, you get an average of 22 mpg with the 2012 Volvo S60 R-Design. With a turbo-charged and inter-cooled DOHC 24 valve inline six-cylinder engine, you’ll get 325 horsepower at 5400 rpm while generating 354 foot-pounds of torque at 3000 rpm. And just in from the ‘Who cares?’ department is this: Volvo in Latin means, ‘I roll.’ ”