Abarth 695 Rivale Live From The Geneva Motor Show

Fiat is celebrating their partnership with Riva by launching special versions of the 500, with the latest one being called the Abarth 695 Rivale.

Described as being “the most sophisticated Abarth ever”, it will become available either as a coupe or a cabriolet, with both of them featuring a two-tone Riva Sera Blue and Shark Grey paintwork.

The new Abarth is also adorned with an aquamarine double stripe, satin chrome finish on the door handles and satin chrome molding on the tailgate, various aesthetic elements inspired by the Riva 56 Rivale yachts and ‘695 Rivale’ logos, joined by Brembo Brakes, Koni suspension, and 17-inch Supersport alloy wheels.

Enhancing the nautical theme the new 695 Rivale features either a carbon fiber or mahogany dashboard, black mats with blue inserts, blue leather seats and door panels, carbon fiber kick plates, special steering wheel wrapped in blue and black leather and with a mahogany badge, blue leather instrument panel cover, and mahogany gear lever knob and kick plate.

These are joined by the standard Uconnect infotainment with a 7-inch display, which is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and there is also a hand-written numbered plate that can be customized with the mane of the customer’s yacht on request.

Powering the new Abarth 695 Rivale is a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that makes 180PS (177hp) and 250Nm (184lb-ft) of torque, allowing it to go from rest to 100km/h (62mph) in 6.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 225km/h (140mph).

Unveiled alongside the 695 Rivale is the Abarth 695 Rivale 175 Anniversary, created to celebrate 175 years of the Riva brand. It’s available in 350 units, half of them coupes and the other half cabriolets.

It features 17-inch alloy wheels with a special pattern, celebratory badge on the outside, hand-crafted details such as the two-tone color – blue and black hand-stitched leather seats with a celebratory logo stitched onto the headrest, carbon dashboard silk screen printed with special logo, numbered plate, and other details that should attract the attention of Abarth enthusiasts.

Article has been updated with live images from Geneva

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Image credits Guido ten Brink / SB-Medien & Abarth


  • Day_Trader

    Fiat. The worst or nothing. (TM)

    • europeon

      Let me guess, you’re one of those Americans that think Chrysler’s money saved Fiat. Am I right?

      • Day_Trader

        No and no, sigh, you’re wrong 🙁 I’m, though, one of those that demand quality in exchange for my money. Honda (Acura), Toyota (Lexus), Subaru do just that for me. But don’t take my word it. Go ahead, give it a try and enjoy Italian craftsmanship. È magnifico!

        • europeon

          I have pretty much owned only Italian cars so far, and I still own two right now.

        • Matt

          You liked your own comment, that’s almost as sad as your distain for anything not Japanese.

        • atomicbri

          I’ve owned a 500 for 7 years almost now, and all of the things people say about poor quality has not happened with my car. Maybe the 500L had issues but my car has been pretty much issue free. A few little things here and there but nothing like the issues we had with a Civic a few years ago. Every one raves about Honda quality, but that Civic had two power windows fail, paint oxidizing on the hood and roof (only 2 years old when this happened) and transmission issues…. So, sometimes you can’t always believe what everyone says.

    • Belthronding Tinuviel

      But not this 695!

    • alexxx

      you see something this beautiful and make comment like that… really !?

  • Evo45

    That wood covering at 10th picture is weird, I hope they don’t use it.

    • Matt

      Why would there be a photo of it if they didn’t use it? I’m sure it’s an option.

  • Lancia Fan

    I think that looks great. So much cool for the money!

  • fabri99

    I don’t…hate it, but enough with this limited editions already. Work on some new cars, the 500 is getting old and has never been a great hot hatch. It isn’t cheap and it is not as good as a Fiesta ST or a 208 GTi, so I’d rather see Abarth work on something new… A Tipo Abarth, for istance.

    • MG force.

      Idiot kid the cars you said are from another segment !. 208 … fiesta … but because you kids do not talk about anything else you do not even have the license! It is the best and most stylish citycar it has! They usually idiots who do not even know what they are writing! We are tired of incompetent people who say it !!

      • Vassilis

        Yeah, he really isn’t the idiot… The Abarth’s competitors are the ones Fabri mentioned. And he’s right, they’re much better warm hatches. The 500 is indeed stylish, good city car but the Abarth is really not that good to drive.

        • MG force.

          You stupid the 500 abart is a segment A. the 208 and the fiesta are a segment B. if you and the others do not know nothing of car is not the fault of one. You little boy you a 80 cv abarth you’ve ever guided .. preview of speak??!! . But just see how much it sells to understand that you and the little boy here count a little.

          • Vassilis

            You own one don’t you? Calm down. It’s in a different segment but since it’s a small warm hatch with a similar price it’s a competitor. If you want to buy such a car you consider the Abarth, the Fiesta, the 208 etc.

    • Totally agree, 500 has become ancient, and when I look at the price, I wonder why would anyone wants to buy it. Is Tipo Abarth is in the card? that would be interesting though.

  • BobV12

    The price ?

  • Six Thousand Times

    Long past time for a new one.

  • lagunas3ca

    Anybody who criticizes BMW drivers has never been around a driver in one of these shitboxes.

  • Another special edition to prolong 500 life, come on FCA. We need a new one already.

    And how much does this Rivale cost? I assumed a lot of money.

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