Presented at this year’s Ferretti Group Private Preview, Riva’s new Sportfly flagship has a shark-grey hull, serious style and – as its name suggests – lightning speed.

A new Riva is always a welcome occasion and this year the 88’ Folgore – Italian for lightning – combines the sleekness and speed of a sport boat with the exquisitely finished exterior and interior spaces the brand is renowned for.

Among the new models showcased at this year’s Ferretti Group Private Preview in Monaco, the first unit of the Folgore has a shark-grey hull with bright black detailing, classic colours in the Riva tradition of recent years.

Built from composite materials, with carbon-fibre reinforcements in the superstructure, the Folgore features plenty of marble, crystal glass and stainless steel, yet still racks up 39 knots with the more powerful of its twin MTU 16V options.

Officina Italiana Design, headed by Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta, designs the entire Riva range and for this heir to the Domino, one of the brand’s top sellers, the firm has again collaborated with the Ferretti Group’s Product Strategy Committee, led by Piero Ferrari, and its Engineering Department.

The course set by Officina Italiana Design with the Dolceriva continues with the new design of the hull windows, which looks a bit like a clean black brushstroke along the yacht’s silver side.

Mahogany-and-steel detailing and carbon-fibre elements continue to show the influence of past and present on recent Rivas, while navigation lights framed in polished stainless steel or the continuous aquamarine waterline exemplify sophisticated functional design.

The walkway handrails are also carbon-fibre and steel, with a section on the starboard side that also acts as the handle for the access door to the interior. Making this boat even more unique is the innovative windscreen, manufactured with spherical crystals that result in a slight counter-curvature.

Another innovative feature is the glass roof in the superstructure, which swings open both towards the stern and the bow, to allow fresh air in either when cruising or at anchor. Under the roof is a slatted structure that separates the interior and exterior spaces if desired. The standard solution is a fixed roof.

MEET Riva's unique beauty 88' Folgore

EXTERIORS

Aiming to offer a design that combines aesthetics and functionality, the Folgore delivers a redesigned stern, with a rear door that swings open into two different positions: parallel to the waterline for use as a 6sqm beach club or submerged for launching and recovering the tender.

Two sets of teak side steps lead to the 22sqm multifunctional cockpit area. The first unit has a huge dining area with a sofa that can be transformed into a sunpad by operating the up-down mechanism that raises and lowers the polished mahogany tabletop.

On the left is a service unit with a storage compartment, an ice-maker and either a fridge or the third command station for stern mooring operations. To starboard, the mobile bar next to the sportfly stairs has a Stone by Florim marble top that opens electrically and two stools.

The crew quarters can be accessed through a companion hatch under the stairway, as well as from the galley on the lower deck.

In the bow, the layout of this first unit features a huge C-shaped sofa with a coffee table that swings open to reveal a big storage area and, further forward, a sunpad that can accommodate at least four people.

Integrated in the sunpad is a small sun hood that is opened by an electro-hydraulic mechanism, while the entire 23sqm area can be covered with awnings.

The 20sqm sportfly offers the owner even more ideas for ways to relax in comfort, with a big sunpad plus sofa in the stern, another sofa with a coffee table and pouf on the port side, and yet another sofa to starboard.

The helm station is centrally positioned in the bow, with a pivoting backrest shared by the sofa, and features two 16-inch touchscreen displays. This area can also be completely covered with awnings.

INTERIORS

Entered through the glass door in the cockpit, the interiors on the main deck are divided into lounge, dining and helm areas.

The height of all the interior areas touches 2m and is even higher on the lower deck, a huge plus point for any guests.

A mix of wood, leather and steel characterises the onboard decor on both the main and lower decks. The dominant wood on this first unit is polished rosewood, combined with pale or dark coloured leather inserts and white parquet.

These pairings and the contrasting white and black lacquered sections of ceiling create surprising contrasts that infuse the boat with a refined, classical elegance, enhanced by the natural light that floods in through the continuous side windows and the windscreen.

The saloon features a grey marble Poliform coffee table and a big ice-coloured Poliform sofa to starboard that faces a cabinet with a TV (up to 55 inches). Also on the port side is the dining area, featuring a big tinted glass table with a stainless-steel base and grey Minotti chairs with charcoal-coloured nubuck backrests.

The helm station is starboard, has two adjustable-height leather seats and is separated from the saloon by a full-height tinted glass partition. The captain can also enter and leave through the door next to the helm station.

LOWER DECK

The lower deck features the full-beam owner’s suite midships, a VIP double in the bow, a portside VIP cabin with convertible twin beds, and a guest twin, all with en-suite bathrooms. The starboard cabin’s bathroom also acts as the day head.

Mirrored surfaces dominate all the cabins. Walls clad with tinted mirrors and widescreen TVs are cleverly paired with wood, leather, fabric and colours that match those on the main deck.

The 20sqm owner’s suite is proposed with three different layouts. The first unit is fitted with version A, which has one big owner’s bathroom, a walk-in closet and a vanity table with a leather-and-aluminium Living Divani chair.

The furnishings are rounded out by several pieces of freestanding furniture chosen by the owner, including a Poliform brown leather chair, a black-painted steel Frank coffee table by B&B Italia, and a silver armchair by Minotti. Access is down three white marble steps, while the floor, shower and basin top in the owner’s bathroom are finished in white and gold polished Calacatta marble.

The standard version has a smaller bathroom and two walk-in closets, while version B offers the possibility of two bathrooms with separate services and a single central shower, in addition to the walk-in wardrobe.

The lower deck also features the galley and crew quarters, which contain a mess area, two cabins with bunk beds and head, and a laundry with a washing machine plus an optional clothes dryer. One of the two entrances to the engine room is located here, while the other is in the cockpit.

PROPULSION AND TECHNOLOGY


This first unit is fitted with a pair of MTU 16V 2000 M96L engines rated 2,638mhp, for a top speed of 39 knots and a cruising speed of 33, each speed three knots faster than with the standard 2,435mhp engines.

The helm station on the main bridge has Xenta electro-hydraulic steering gear, with independent rudder management for sporty turn optimisation. There’s also a Loop-integrated dashboard developed in collaboration with Naviop-Simrad, which integrates onboard monitoring with navigation and manoeuvring instruments, from which the captain can manage the entire yacht.

The first unit is equipped with three 19-inch touchscreen displays. A joystick features docking-mode functionality for easy handling in confined waters such as when mooring alongside, with lateral movement aided by the proportional bow thruster.

In addition to all this, a Dynamic Positioning System maintains the yacht in the same position even in strong winds and currents, an ideal solution when preparing to moor or waiting to refuel. The new model is fitted with Humphree stabilising fins, while the Folgore can also be fitted with the Seakeeper SK26 gyroscopic stabiliser.

With the 88’ Folgore, Riva has created another winner in another dynamic year for the Ferretti Group.

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