Superlative SUV

Riviera officially launched the largest and most sophisticated model in its SUV collection on the eve of the opening of the 2021 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.

20 May 2021


The 645 SUV combines the high-level blue-water pedigree of the lauded Sports Motor Yachts with the single-level living attributes so much loved by Sport Yacht owners.

The 645 is available in two editions: the Classic and the Newport. The Classic features elegant interior furnishings, a versatile foredeck entertaining space and four-stateroom accommodation.

The Newport includes a distinctive Tungsten silver hardtop, a spacious foredeck sunpad, avant-garde saloon features and three-cabin accommodation with a lower-deck lounge space.

Riviera pioneered the SUV concept in 2012 and has since continually refined this design, crafting more than 170 yachts ranging from 39 to now 64 feet.

The 645 becomes the flagship of the six-model SUV collection. She offers extensive accommodation, premium comfort and luxury and longer-range offshore cruising while enhancing the superb indoor-outdoor lifestyle features that make the SUV models so practical and popular.


A ‘wonderfully versatile’ flagship
The 645 SUV offers the choice of three or four staterooms, three bathrooms and a utility, crew or additional accommodation aft of the master stateroom. In addition, she offers superb alfresco-deck dining, a saloon that includes an aft gourmet galley with island bench, a side saloon door leading to generous walk-around side decks and a foredeck that is a separate, lavish entertainment hub.

Riviera Australia owner Rodney Longhurst says the decision to introduce the 645 SUV came after requests from current Riviera owners and the global dealer network for a larger SUV, resulting in a number of off-the-plan orders being received.

“The wonderful versatility of the SUV design lends itself perfectly to a larger yacht,” says Mr Longhurst.  “The 645 takes our SUV to a new level with even more space, performance, cruising range, accommodation and luxury.”

Long-term Riviera owners Ray and Jenny Haddrell from Melbourne, Australia, are proudly the first to own a 645 SUV. It will be the seventh consecutive Riviera the Haddrells have owned, and their largest.

Ray first heard of plans for the 64 Sports Motor Yacht two years ago. He told Riviera CEO Wes Moxey: “Give me a call if you ever do an SUV version of the 64 SMY.”

Ray and Jenny owned a Riviera 565 SUV prior to his current 575 SUV “Rayzaway” and between them they have enjoyed more than 1,100 hours of extensive cruising over seven years and thousands of nautical miles.

Ray has cruised as far north as Port Douglas and completed two trips to Tasmania, including a circumnavigation.

An entertainment epicentre
The 645 SUV teak-laid cockpit layout includes an optional three-seater transom lounge or live-bait well and optional awning extending from the sleek hardtop aft. It is the perfect place to cook a sumptuous lunch on the dual-plate, electric barbecue.

There is plenty of room to fish, dive or launch any number of water toys through the twin transom doors to the large hydraulic swim platform.

A few steps up from the cockpit is the 645 SUV’s entertainment and living epicentre – a semi-enclosed alfresco deck offering a plush lounge to port that converts to a double daybed. Alfresco living and dining are enjoyed in the L-shaped lounge to starboard, which includes a generous drop-leaf teak table.

The foredeck zone is a unique entertainer space, providing plush lounge seating for up to 10 people, an insulated ice bin, stereo and locations for fenders and ropes. The Newport Edition includes a large sunpad.

Handcrafted luxury
The saloon has been created to optimise the flow and enjoyment of guests. A gourmet galley is along the port side with a generous island bench that provides more than enough space for two or more people to work side-by-side, prepping, serving or cooking. A three-burner induction cooktop includes removable potholders and there are two-drawer fridges, two-drawer freezers, a combination oven/microwave and a dishwasher under the benchtop.

Saloon dining is through an innovative feature – the walnut dining table is located behind the lounge and can be deployed simply by moving away four cushions and easily lifting the table up and out.

The helm on the centreline offers the option of two or three forward-facing luxurious leather helm seats facing three 24-inch screens and comprehensive system controls.

The forward starboard corner of the saloon can be a relaxing lounge, a workstation or a beautifully appointed cocktail wet bar.

Grand accommodation
On the accommodation deck, the full-beam master stateroom is brilliantly bathed in light and fresh air from large hull windows with integrated portholes. Headroom is a generous 1.95 metres. It features a central queen-sized bed, chaise lounge, large cedar-lined wardrobe and a generous aft ensuite bathroom. A space beside the ensuite can be personalised to suit an owner’s needs: laundry, utility room, crew cabin or even additional accommodation. This space includes a water-tight door to the engine room.

The VIP guest stateroom forward includes a full queen-sized bed and ensuite bathroom.

The second guest stateroom to port has two single berths that slide together to form a double berth and has ensuite access to the day head. Directly opposite is a fourth stateroom with twin crossover berths. The Newport Edition configures this area as an atrium lounge.

Power at your fingertips
Riviera engineers have opted for a choice of Twin MAN V8 1300 (956 kW) or MAN V12 1550 (1,140 kW) diesels that offer exceptional power-to-weight performance. The 1300 engines deliver a cruise speed of 28 knots and 31 knots at wide open throttle. The optional 1550s provide a cruise speed of about 30 knots and wide-open throttle around 34 knots.

The Twin Disc Express Joystick system (EJS) seamlessly marries hydraulic thrusters with Twin Disc gearboxes. Joysticks are at the helm and in the cockpit.

All Riviera MAN-powered yachts come with a five-year engines limited warranty, further supported by Riviera’s seven-year structural and two-year express limited warranties.



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