Abarth 695 Rivale - London Boat Show

My First Article On The Abarth 695 Rivale, Which I First Saw At The London Boat Show

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The London Boat Show is one of the largest boating events in the UK, there is always a wide and varied variety of exhibitions on display. From small to massive and cheap to expensive, with some prices starting around £20,000 going onwards and upwards to £2.5 million and beyond. Even though it's a boat show car manufactures do turn up from time to time, showing of models that they've announced that year or special editions related to boats. For example the 2016 London Boat Show, Land Rover had a booth were they were showing of the new Range Rover Evoque Convertible and a range of other models too. However this year at the 2018 show, Abarth turned up with the brand new limited edition Abarth 695 Rivale.

The Abarth 695 Rivale is the second collaboration between Fiat and Riva, the first was the Fiat 500 Riva. The Abarth 695 Rivale was made to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Riva Boat Manufacture, there are only going to be 175 hardtops and 175 soft-tops. The 695 Rivale is around £11,000 more than the base model Fiat 500, the 695 Rivale is also around £3,000 more than the Abarth 595 Competizione. The starting price is around £22,000 for the hardtop version, while the soft-top starts at around £24,000.

Performance

The Abarth 695 Rivale has the 1.4L T-Jet turbo engine that's found in the other Abarth 695's, this variation of the engine has 180hp and 184ft.Ibs. The car has a power to weight ratio of 5.8kg/HP which makes it capable of 0-62mph in 6.7 seconds with the manual gearbox and 6.9 seconds with the automatic gearbox, it can go on to a top speed of 140mph. The 695 Rivale has the option between a 5 speed manual gearbox or a 5 speed sequential robotised gearbox. The Abarth 695 Rivale also comes other performance features as standard, like active dual mode Akrapovic exhaust with carbon fibre tips, a Brembo braking package, Koni front and rear suspension and Eibach springs. There are two features which are optional on the 695, one is a Abarth D.A.M Mechanical limited slip differential, which is only available with the manual gearbox and the other option is the 5 speed sequential robotised gearbox.

Interior

The interior is very similar to that of other Abarth's and Fiat's, except this car has its own unique cool quirks and exclusive features. The 695 Rivale has a unique navy blue leather colour, which can be found in Riva boats and it's unique to this model alone. The car comes as standard with a carbon fibre dashboard and matching trim, but unlike other Abarth's, this car has the Riva logo on the dashboard. There are other features too that are unique to this car, like the 695 Rivale instrument cluster, which shows the Rivale logo everytime you start the car up, so you know your driving something a bit more special than your standard Abarth. The car also comes with a plaque that's mounted behind the handbrake, which has the Abarth 695 Rivale logo on it and has written the number of your car out of 175.

The car is loaded with lots of features and equipment as standard, which includes: Auto air conditioning, Auto-dimming rear view mirror, Privacy glass, Fog lights, 7 airbags, Uconnect 7inch HD touch NAV, DAB radio, Bluetooth with 6 speakers, audio streaming USB and AUX. The Rivale also has some optional features too, which includes: Premium Beats audio system, Smoking kit, Customisable numbered badge and the Mahogany Pack, which makes the trim a mahogany finish on the dashboard, gear knob, steering wheel, position indicator and door cards. My favourite feature in the interior of the 695 Rivale, is the boost gauge mounted on the dashboard, cause I love being able to see the boost pressure rise and fall as you drive along.

Exterior

The Abarth 695 Rivale comes with a special and exclusive blue and grey two-tone paint, the blue paint is called Riva Blu Sera and the grey is called Riva Shark Grey, both colours can be found on Riva boats. The Rivale also has whats a Beauty Line on boats, which is a stripe which runs down the side of the car, its an azure colour called Acquamarina. The exterior of the car is covered in Satin chrome finish like the front dam and rear bumper insert, there is also a Satin chrome molding on the boot lid, which was inspired by nautical side grills. The car sports a set of 17inch Supersport gloss grey alloy wheels, which are exclusive to the Rivale. The Rivale also features it's logo's on the boot lid and the rear quarter panel. other features include an electronically controlled blue soft-top only on the convertible and it comes as standard with parking sensors. The Rivale also comes with two exterior options, one is an "Sky dome" glazed electric sunroof and the other is Xenon lights.

Conclusion

Personally I love this little car, it has plenty of performance to make it a fast and enjoyable drive, but not so much that you can't take full advantage of the power, unlike some of the bigger more power hatchbacks. I've always thought the Fiat 500 was a characterful little car, so small and happy as it drives along, but I've never wanted one. That was until I saw the Rivale, it takes the happy Fiat 500 and makes it a more elegant, yet more aggressive car. Like with Riva boats for example, sleek and elegant, yet with enough power to tear your face off. I believe the Abarth 695 Rivale achieves the same image and feeling, I'm sure it will have its problems and negative features if you live with it. But that doesn't change the fact it's the first Fiat i actually want to own, besides the Biposto, but that's another animal entirely.

Thanks for reading and please let me know what you think of the article. So that in the future i can change and make my articles better.

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