Abarth 695 Rivale Australia: Pricing and Specs
Abarth has introduced a new limited-edition model based on the 595 Competizione.
Created as a tribute to fellow Italian brand Riva that celebrated its 175th birthday with the ultra-luxe Rivale Yacht in 2017, Abarth Australia has confirmed the model that’s already on sale in Europe will land in Australia late in the first quarter of 2019.
Available in both hatch and cabriolet bodystyles, the 695 Rivale is finished in an exclusive two-tone paint consisting of Riva Blue and Tributo Ferrari Grey that the brand says is “reminiscent of Lake Iseo, where the Riva brand was born.”
“We’re delighted to bring this exclusive design to the Australian market,” said the head of Abarth Australia, Fulvio Antonelli.
“The Riva lifestyle complements that of an Abarth owner with exceptional refinement and power, coupled with unique Italian Artisan design, and a passionate heritage.”
Along with a change of exterior colour, each of the 35 models in Australia will be individually numbered with a Rivale badge on the backdoor and rear fender, along with 17-inch grey alloys, Xenon headlights and satin chrome front dam, rear bumper insert and backdoor moulding.
Cabriolet models also receive a blue soft-top and inside are blue leather seats with a unique Rivale instrument cluster splash screen.
Available with either a five-speed manual or robotised-sequential transmission, the Rivale uses the same 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine as the 595 Competizione, producing peak outputs of 132kW and 250Nm. However, both the manual and automatic share the same price of $44,900 plus on-road costs in hatch or $48,990 in cabriolet guise, with the premium for the manual offset by the addition of a front limited-slip differential first implemented in the 695 Biposto.
The Abarth 695 Rivale is available to order now and deliveries will commence in the first quarter 2019.
2019 Abarth 695 Rivale pricing (plus on-road costs):
695 Hatchback man or auto - $44,990
695 Cabriolet man or auto - $48,990
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