To celebrate its partnership with Riva, a legendary sailing brand, Abarth has created this very chic series called 695 Rivale. Based on the Fiat 500, this little Italian was created to pay homage to Riva’s 175 anniversary. Inspired by Riva’s know-how in refinement and material processing, based on which they have created the most luxurious Abarth ever to be produced.
The Abarth 695 Rivale offers a two-tone blue-gray paint that is reminiscent of the Riva 56 Rivale yatch from which the car takes its inspiration from. These two colours are divided by a double line that recalls according to Abarth, the “water line of yachts”. This little sportswoman has many chrome elements to sublimate her face.
The interior is completely covered with carbon leather (and plastic!). The seats are blue leather, the door sills and the dashboard are carbon fibre. Optionally, the customer can replace the carbon fibre dashboard mahogany to further strengthen the yacht spirit.
Under the hood, the Abarth 695 Rivale is powered with a 1.4-litre, in-line four cylinder engine mated to a Garret turbocharger that produces a total power output of 180hp & 250Nm of torque. Brembo brakes with 4 piston callipers, Koni Shocks suspension with frequency selective damping and an Akrapovic exhaust system with carbon tail pipes add to the performance and the punch.
This very limited version (on pictures) of the Abarth 695 Rivale will be available in only 175 examples in hatchbacks and 175 examples in convertibles will be made, one for each year of Riva Yatch’s 175 year timeline. So if this fiery little hot hatch tempts you, you need to be quick.
Perfect for the city due to its size and ease of manoeuvring, the Abart 695 Rivale takes on a completely different character once out on the country roads. With the Sport Mode engaged, the hot hatch opens up its throat as the four cylinder engine swiftly barks past 60mph in just over 6.5 seconds. While the automatic gearbox does feel a bit lacking in precision, the equipment and oomph from the performance parts make up for it, possibly elating its level of sportiness to deserve a €32000 price tag. Many thanks to Fiat France for lending me the car.