Meeting of the maestros

For the 175th anniversary of Riva Yachts, the iconic shipyard in Sarnico will debut the Riva 56' Rivale and Abarth 695 Rivale.

Photography by Riva Yachts

14 June 2017


Last week, elegance, performance and passion joined forces to “conquer the sea and the road” in Sarnico, Italy as luxury yacht and car makers – Riva and Abarth – set their sights on a shared vision.

This “meeting of excellences” was presented to the world in the Riva shipyard in Sarnico to celebrate the remarkable capability of Riva and Abarth. Both iconic brands are seeking to enhance their respective peculiarities in an exquisite blend of engineering skilfulness, stylistic awareness and design ability, which together with their respective legendary histories have led to the creation of two products at the same time.

Rivale, one of the most famous Riva production, is a new open yacht at the top of its class in terms of technology, sporting spirit and performance, which exalts the unique values and the typical style elements of the brand once again. Rivale is also the name of the limited edition Abarth 695.

“The celebrations for the 175th anniversary of Riva are complemented by the unique partnership with a [leading] brand such as Abarth,” declared Alberto Galassi, CEO of Ferretti Group.

“Presenting the 56’ Rivale, an iconic name in the history of Riva means paying homage to our past while looking firmly into the future. Abarth was inspired by the extraordinary new Riva boat in designing its new limited edition model: the magnificent 695 Rivale. The partnership springs from shared values, passion for excellence and research for performance.”


Symbols of the most authentic Italian know-how, the 56’ Rivale and the Abarth 695 Rivale are the perfect blend of craftsmanship and engineering, with the addition of the ambition of turning dreams into reality.

As a result of this new synergy, the timeless elegance of Riva yachts is reflected in a car made by Abarth. The latter, in turn, adds a bold and sporty touch to the most recent open yacht model made by one of the world’s most famous shipyard.

The new 56’ Rivale combines superb craftsmanship and grandiose attention to detail. With a new hull, Rivale stands out for its streamlined look which inherits and develops lines that characterise the most recent open and coupé yacht models. Another exclusive factor is the high-quality materials: polished mahogany interiors, natural teak exteriors, varnished and stainless steel details, mirrors, crystals and leather.

Abarth is celebrating the Riva anniversary with a limited production of the 695 Rivale. This edition will pay homage to Italian know-how, with unique handcrafted details in all the gorgeous cars. All this charm is backed up by performance: 180 HP, 250 Nm of torque and the weight-to-power ratio of a genuine supercar (5.8 kg/HP with a mass of 1045 kg) to accelerate from 0 to 100 in 6.7”, 225 km/h of top speed.

The 56’ Rivale and the Abarth 695 Rivale are the protagonists of this contemporary legend in which the inspiration and enthusiasm of brilliant men and women are reflected in the perfect beauty of extraordinary boats and cars.




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