Fiat Abarth 695 Rivale

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Another Abarth 695 special edition has been announced – the latest Abarth example of the Fiat 500, called the 695 Rivale, will make its debut in Geneva this week. Designed in partnership with Italian yacht builder Riva, the exterior styling is inspired by the Sarnico yard’s brand-new “56 Rivale” open.

As such, the 695 Rivale features a two-tone Riva Sera Blue and Shark Grey exterior finish, and marine-based accents come in the form of two aquamarine stripes running around the waist rail – similar to the “beauty line” that appears on yachts – and satin chrome finish on the door handles and tailgate, with “695 Rivale” badging slapped on the rear and sides of the car.

Sitting on 17-inch Supersport alloy wheels with a special glossy grey finish, the variant is also decked out with Brembo brakes – with black four-piston fixed calipers in front – and an Abarth by Koni suspension system with frequency-selective damping. Also on, an Akrapovič exhaust with carbon tailpipes.

Inside, the nautical inspiration continues, with plenty of wood cues. Aside from a dashboard fascia fitted with maple inlays, mahogany is to be found – the 695 Rivale features a special blue and black leather steering wheel with a mahogany hub and a mahogany gear knob in addition to blue leather instrument panel upholstery.

Like the various 695 editions of the past (the 695 Fuori Serie, 695 Tributo Ferrari and 695 Maserati), the Rivale variant is equipped with a 1.4 liter turbocharged T-Jet mill offers 180 hp and 250 Nm. Performance figures include a 0-100 km/h time of 6.7 seconds (6.9 seconds with a robotized sequential transmission) and a 225 km/h top speed.

Available as hatchback or convertible, every 695 Rivale will come complete with a numbered plaque, mounted using the same screws that Riva employs on the Rivale 56 yacht. If desired, this can be customized on demand with the name of the owner’s yacht to pair the sea and land offerings.