DRIVE: ABARTH LIMITED EDI­TION

The Herald Magazine - - CONTENTS - CONOR WILDE

ABARTH UK has un­veiled its limited edi­tion 695 Ri­vale – the re­sult of a col­lab­o­ra­tion with lux­ury yacht builder Riva – and a two-seater road­ster, the 124 spi­der. Riva's suc­cesses in the twen­ties and thir­ties and Abarth's in the fifties and six­ties were the foun­da­tions upon which these Ital­ian mod­els were built. The limited edi­tion Abarth 695 Ri­vale, mak­ing its de­but ap­pear­ance in the UK, is where these two leg­ends of style, per­for­mance and craft­man­ship come to­gether to cre­ate what's billed as “the most so­phis­ti­cated and re­fined Abarth ever built”. Ex­clu­sive styling fea­tures and pre­mium ma­te­ri­als pay trib­ute to the el­e­gance and char­ac­ter of the new open '56 Ri­vale' lux­ury yacht, with a trade­mark Riva two-tone Sera Blue and Shark Grey colour scheme with Aqua­ma­rine dou­ble-stripe beauty line rep­re­sent­ing a thin line of sea on the hori­zon.

There is a blue leather in­te­rior and op­tional ma­hogany fin­ish to the dash­board, steer­ing wheel and gear lever, satin chrome fin­ish to the door han­dles and tail­gate, and op­tional hand­writ­ten name plate fit­ted with the same screws used on a Riva yacht.

The Akrapovi ex­haust sys­tem with car­bon tailpipes, Brembo brakes with black cal­lipers and grey 17-inch Su­per­sport wheels un­der­line the stun­ning per­for­mance and driv­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics which Abarth brings to this party. The 180hp Mul­tiAir en­gine prom­ises a top speed of 139mph and ac­cel­er­a­tion from 0-62mph in just 6.7 sec­onds, with a power to weight ra­tio match­ing that of a su­per­car.

In­side, the ex­clu­sive in­stru­ment panel and Ucon­nect seven-inch HD touch screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem brings the lat­est in on­board tech­nol­ogy – Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto ready – with nav­i­ga­tion and touch or voice con­trolled op­er­a­tion.

Tak­ing up its po­si­tion next to the 695 Ri­vale is the Abarth 124 spi­der – mark­ing the re­turn of the fa­mous and revered ‘spi­der' badge – the nat­u­ral heir to the orig­i­nal launched in 1972.

This two-seater road­ster em­bod­ies ev­ery­thing for which the Abarth mar­que is famed – per­for­mance, styling and ad­vanced equip­ment – with each wear­ing its own metal plaque etched with a unique num­ber to un­der­line its ex­clu­siv­ity.

Sport­ing a pow­er­ful 1.4-litre 170hp en­gine, the 124 spi­der is a real driver's car, with the snug, low seat­ing po­si­tion de­signed to make you feel at one with the road and at one with the car. Thrilling per­for­mance is en­sured with a top speed of 142mph, with op­ti­mum weight dis­tri­bu­tion and rac­ing sus­pen­sion bring­ing pre­cise and ag­ile han­dling.

To feed the senses fur­ther the Record Monza ex­haust as stan­dard de­liv­ers the al­limpor­tant sig­na­ture Abarth sound.

Both cars are avail­able now from Abarth's net­work of UK deal­ers, with prices yet to be con­firmed.

The limited edi­tion 695 Ri­vale from Abarth and the new 124 spi­der, top right

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