Hot hatch + boat company = yacht hatch?
The Abarth 695 Rivale has been revealed for the Geneva motor show, representing the latest in a series of boutique special editions of the Italian hot hatch.
Available in both hatchback and convertible guises, the Rivale gets an exclusive two-tone Riva Blue on Grey paint with aquamarine striping – the latter inspired by the 'beauty lines' on yachts.
Satin chrome accents adorn the door handles and tailgate, while '695 Rivale' badging reminds others you're driving a very special Abarth.
Other exterior appointments include 17-inch 'Supersport' alloy wheels finished in a unique glossy grey, Brembo brakes with black calipers, an Akrapovic exhaust system with carbon-trimmed tailpipes, and Abarth by Koni suspension with adaptive dampers.
Inside, the 695 Rivale appears to get the choice of a carbon-fibre dashboard insert or a wood one – according to images on the UK website – while beautiful blue leather covers the seats and door inserts. There's also a 7.0-inch Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Under the bonnet is a 1.4-litre turbo four developing 134kW of power and 250Nm of torque. Abarth claims a 0-100km/h sprint in 6.7 seconds (6.9 for the robotised sequential auto), on its way to a top speed of 140mph (225km/h).
Speaking with CarAdvice, Dave Harding, senior manager for corporate communications at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles's (FCA) local division said the 695 Rivale, along with the 124 GT and Fiat 500X S-Design, are under evaluation for our market.
"FCA Australia has expressed interest in bringing several models revealed at Geneva today – to Australia – and are currently evaluating these products for the local market," he said.
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