Abarth has pulled the (digital) wraps off a new special edition of their 695 ahead of its in-person reveal scheduled to take place at the Geneva Motor Show this week. Called the Rivale and available as either a traditional 3-door hatch or ‘convertible’, it takes its aquatic cues from high end yachts that grace the Italian riviera, specifically the 56 Rivale by luxury crafter Riva.
To express this marine connection, the 695 Rivale adopts a two-tone exterior that consists of near equal parts of Shark Grey and a deep blue called Riva Sera. Apart from this, there is a thin but very striking aquamarine coloured strip that wraps around the car at its belt line to mirror the yacht’s own coloured accents.
Rounding off the exterior package, we also have a set of rather fetching grey 17-inch Supersport alloys, uprated brakes courtesy of Brembo, and an Akrapovic exhausts system with dual exists and carbon fibre tailpipes.
Other touches include door handles and a tailgate finished in satin chrome, and finished off with a ‘Rivale’ badge at the rear sides. Inside, there’s plenty of Abarth’s favourite material (exposed gloss-coated carbon fibre) strewn all over the cabin, including the gear selector, dash fascia, and steering wheel.
The special ‘Riva’ sigil on the passenger side dash and embossed headrests also denote the brand’s 175 year history. Supposedly, these carbon inserts can be swapped out for natural wood alternatives such as maple and mahogany to more accurately fit with the nautical motif.
Each 695 Rivale receives an Abarth by Koni suspension with adaptive damping, helping the car make the most of the 134kW/250Nm output from its 1.4-litre turbocharged T-Jet four-cylinder petrol engine. Two transmission options are on offer: a six-speed manual or an automated sequential manual. The three-pedal version will grant a 100km/h time of 6.7 seconds should sufficient skill be brought to bear, and its top speed sits at 225km/h.