Riva demonstrates the ultimate way to celebrate the 175th anniversary. The legendary shipyard debuts the new 56’ Rivale, the most recent addition to its fleet, and the Abarth 695 Rivale limited edition sedan and cabrio. The new model was revealed at the world première in Sarnico. The new 56-foot Riva yacht is the collaborative project created by Officina Italiana Design, the Ferretti Group’s Product Strategy Committee and the Engineering Department.
The stern of 56’ Rivale features a major innovation: during underwater movement of the swimming platform, the steps on the left become partially submerged revealing additional steps in the hull, providing a single most convenient stairway for getting into the water and back on board without having to use the steel ladder. The cockpit features a large sun pad and the main deck lounge boasts a spacious, forward-facing sitting area completed with L-shaped sofa and teak dining table. The foredeck has a reclining sun pad and its glazed floor is covered with a special non-slip surface.
In case of bad weather, or if the owner simply wants some shade, the electro-hydraulically operated bimini top can be opened as can the clear side shields, offering excellent shelter and protection for the whole area.
Below deck, the 56’ Rivale features a very elegant lounge-dinette, where mirrored surfaces alternate with varnished mahogany, dark lacquered woods and dark leather coverings. The soft furnishings (cushions, bedspreads, tartan blankets and wall-to-wall carpets) are designed and supplied by Ivano Redaelli, an Italian company that supplied the decorative cushions and tartan blanket, while the wall-to-wall carpet is manufactured by the Dutch company Van Besouw.
The galley, situated on the port side, features a host of storage cabinets and, in the fridge area, a unit equipped with the bar set includes a special compartment for storing a Champagne magnum. The sleeping area consists of a pair of en suite cabins. The master suite has the head on the left side, while the VIP cabin situated in the forward area features many storage compartments and a starboard side head.
The new open model is powered by twin 1000 HP MAN engines, or by twin 1200 HP MAN engines. In both cases, the propulsion system is V-Drive. With the standard engines, the 56’ Rivale can reach a cruising speed of 31 knots and a maximum speed of 35 knots. With the more powerful engines, performance increases to a cruising speed of 34 knots and a maximum speed of 38 knots respectively (preliminary data).
Rivale is a new open yacht and also the name of the Abarth 695 Special and Limited Edition, the new car from the brand with the scorpion badge dedicated to the 175 years of history of the world’s most famous shipyard.