As our car tester Ines Petri tells us , every three years, Volvo holds the "Ocean Race", a spectacular sailing regatta circumnavigating the globe. This October is the next start. Volvo is marking the occasion by launching a special Ocean Race edition for various existing Volvo models. The design takes up the motifs of wind, waves, and water. Today we'll look at the XC 60 in the Ocean Race design.
So how does a maritime exterior fit an SUV designed for rough ground?
The XC 60 may not be as sleek as a sailboat, but both are fairly robust. On the 9 stages of the 39,000-mile regatta, the six sailing teams dock in 12 cities. Between these destinations lie some of the world's most demanding seas -- the aquatic equivalent of off road terrain.
The Ocean Race Design for cars builds on Volvo's most basic equipment package, "Kinetic", refining it with its own touches -- like orange seams on the footmats and leather seats. The special edition costs an additional 3,200 euros, but it means added comfort -- like heated seats and an infotainment system. The central console is subtly decorated with the names of the cities that the sailing teams head for on the 9-month Ocean Race.
The most conspicuous aspect of the exterior is this exclusive shade of blue. Silver, mother of pear, and metallic black are also available. These light metal wheel rims are also available exclusively with the Ocean Race Design. The engine has power, too. 350 Newton meters of torque ensure speed -- in head wind or tail wind.
On blacktop, the XC60 launches from zero to 100 kilometers an hour in 7-point-2 seconds. The car's top speed is 210 kilometers an hour. And it consumes only 6-point-7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers. Of course, it helps if a good tail wind's in your sails.