Abarth 695 Rivale special edition now on sale in Australia

October 31, 2018

Another unique edition version of the Fiat 500 is being launched in Australia. It’s called the Abarth 695 Rivale special edition, designed to celebrate the heritage of the Riva brand.

Offered in hatch and cabriolet form, the Rivale edition’s most striking feature is a two-tone exterior in Riva Blue and Tributo Ferrari Grey. It also features a stain chrome front intake and rear bumper insert, satin trimming on the back door, and unique 17-inch Super Sport grey alloy wheels.

The special edition is based on the current 595 Competizione and comes powered by a 1.4-litre turbo four-cylinder engine that produces a meaty 132kW and 250Nm. Customers can opt for either a five-speed manual or five-speed automated manual.

In manual form the sprint from 0-100km/h takes a claimed 6.7 seconds, or 6.9 seconds with the auto. Going for the manual also includes a mechanical limited-slip differential. Fuel economy through the combined cycle is rated at 5.8L/100km for the auto and 6.0L/100km for the manual.

This is one of many special edition versions of the Fiat 500 that have been released over the years. Fulvio Antonelli, head of Abarth brand Australia, said:

“We’re delighted to bring this exclusive design to the Australian market. The Riva lifestyle complements that of an Abarth owner with exceptional refinement and power, coupled with unique Italian Artisan design, and a passionate heritage.”

Buyers can place an order now, with the first deliveries expected to arrive during the first quarter of 2019. See below for the starting prices (excluding on-road costs), and further below for the highlight features.

2019 Abarth 695 Rivale special edition hatch manual: $44,990
2019 Abarth 695 Rivale special edition hatch auto: $44,990

2019 Abarth 695 Rivale special edition cabrio manual: $48,990
2019 Abarth 695 Rivale special edition cabrio auto: $48,990

Design highlights:

  • Satin chrome front dam and rear bumper insert
  • Satin chrome molding on backdoor
  • 17-inch Super Sport Grey Alloy Wheels
  • Xenon headlights
  • Rivale badge on backdoor
  • Rivale badge on rear fender
  • Blue soft-top (Cabriolet)
  • Wood dashboard cover
  • Blue leather seats
  • Dedicated instrument cluster splash screen
  • Numbered badge

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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