28 September 2020
The Riva 88’ Folgore is 26.92-metres long and 6.31-metres wide, and is a product of collaboration between Officina Italiana Design, the firm headed by Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta that designs the entire Riva range, the Product Strategy Committee led by Piero Ferrari and Ferretti Group’s Engineering Department.
Built from composite materials, with carbon fibre reinforcements in the superstructure, Riva 88’ Folgore is entirely focused on efficiency, with a design developed specifically to embrace materials like marble, crystal glass and stainless steel, but without affecting performance.
This new model feature many design inventions, including the new shape of the hull windows, reminiscent of a black brushstroke along the silver side of the yacht, that rise towards the deck to meet an original and innovative hull-deck coupling system, where the stern area makes space for a steel-edged air intake.
Functional design can be seen in various elements, including the navigation lights framed in polished stainless steel, or the continuous aquamarine waterline. The walkway handrails are also carbon fibre and steel, with a section on the starboard side that also acts as the handle for the access door to the interior.
The glass roof in the superstructure swings open both towards the stern and the bow, to allow fresh air in either when cruising or at anchor. Under the roof is a slatted structure that separates the interior and exterior spaces if desired.
Riva 88’ Folgore has a comprehensively redesigned stern concept, with a rear door that swings open into two different positions: parallel to the waterline for use as a 6-metre-square beach club, and submerged for launching and recovering the tender.
Two sets of teak side steps lead down to the cockpit area. In the bow, the first unit has a huge dining area with a sofa that can be transformed into a sunpad by operating the up-down mechanism that raises and lowers the polished mahogany tabletop.
In the bow, the layout of this first unit features a huge C-shaped sofa with a coffee table that swings open to reveal a big storage area and, further forward, a sunpad on the deckhouse that can accommodate at least four people.
The lower deck offers the owner four cabins: the full beam owner’s suite in the centre of the yacht; a VIP cabin in the bow with a double bed and two wardrobes; a VIP cabin on the port side with a wardrobe and convertible twin beds; and a double cabin with a wardrobe and twin beds. They all have their own bathrooms. The starboard cabin’s bathroom also acts as a day head.
The 20-square-metre owner’s suite is proposed with three different layouts: the first unit will be fitted out with optional version A, which has one big owner’s bathroom, a walk-in closet and a vanity table with leather and aluminium Living Divani chair.
The standard version has a smaller bathroom and two walk-in closets, while optional version B offers the possibility of two bathrooms with separate services and a single central shower, in addition to the walk-in wardrobe.
This first Riva 88’ Folgore unit is fitted with a pair of MTU 16V 2000 M96L engines with a top speed of 39 knots and a cruising speed of 33 knots. The standard propulsion solution is a pair of MTU 16V 2000 M96 engines, which drive the yacht to a top speed of 36 knots and a cruising speed of 30 knots.