Riva 88 Folgore review: Italian Lightning Bolt


In Italian language ‘folgore’ means lightning as the perfect word for the impact of the new Riva 88 Folgore to the market, with fresh styling and impeccable quality, the new yacht will leave fans of elegance and luxury simply breathless

This yacht is another unmistakable product of collaboration of Ferretti with Officina Italiana Design, that designs the entire Riva range. The new design of the hull windows, reminiscent of a black brushstroke along the silver side of the yacht, rises towards the deck and meets an original and innovative hull-deck coupling system, where the stern area makes space for a steel-edged air intake.

Riva 88 Folgore design

The iconic mahogany and steel detailing, combined with carbon fiber elements, epitomizes the perfect balance between past and present. Making this boat even more unique is the innovative windscreen, manufactured with spherical crystals that result in a slight counter-curvature, a detail that looks set to become a Riva hallmark.

This is photo of a Riva 88 Folgore exterior

Riva 88 Folgore delivers a comprehensively redesigned stern concept, with a rear door that swings open into two different positions: parallel to the waterline for use as a six square meters beach club, and submerged for launching and recovering the tender. The garage can house a Williams SportJet 395 and a jet ski.

Folgore 88 interior

Two sets of teak side steps lead down to the 22 square meters multifunctional cockpit area. In the bow, the first unit has a huge dining area with a sofa that can be transformed into a sunpad. On the starboard side, the mobile bar next to the stairs to the sport-fly has a Stone by Florim marble top that opens electrically and two stools.

This is photo of a Riva 88 cockpit
Riva 88 Folgore has carefully measured mix of wood, leather and steel

In the bow, the layout of this first unit features a huge C-shaped sofa with a coffee table and, further forward, a sunpad on the deckhouse that can accommodate at least four people. The 20 square meters sport-fly 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 on the starboard side. The helm station with its stainless steel inserts is centrally positioned.

Unmistakable Riva style

Entered through the glass door in the cockpit, the interiors on the main deck are divided into lounge, dining and helm station areas. The open space lounge has an unimpeded view of the sea and is a perfect example of the unmistakable Riva style. A carefully chosen mix of wood, leather and steel characterizes the onboard decor on both the main and lower decks. The dominant wood on this first unit of Riva 88 Folgore is polished rosewood, combined with pale or dark coloured leather inserts and white parquet.

This is photo of a Riva 88 Folgore saloon

This is photo of a Folgore saloon
Shiny details of stainless steel dominate the main salon connecting modern with traditional look of the interiors

The lounge is furnished with a big ice-coloured Poliform sofa on the starboard side, facing a cabinet with a TV up to 55 inches in size. A grey marble Poliform coffee table rounds out the furnishings. Also on the port side is the dining area, featuring the big tinted glass table, with a stainless steel base and grey Minotti chairs.

Lower deck has four cabins

In the bow, the helm station with two adjustable-height leather seats is positioned on the starboard side and separated from the lounge by a full-height tinted glass partition, a solution that amplifies the pleasure of privacy. The captain can also enter and leave through the door next to the helm station on the starboard side.

The lower deck offers the four cabins: the full beam owner’s suite in the center of the yacht; a VIP cabin in the bow with a double bed and two wardrobes; a VIP cabin on the port side with a wardrobe and convertible twin beds; and a double cabin with a wardrobe and twin beds. They all have their own bathrooms. The starboard cabin’s bathroom also acts as a day head.

Riva 88 Folgore speed and range

This is photo of a Riva 88 Folgore master cabin

This is photo of a yacht guest cabin
Riva 88 Folgore lower deck has four cabins, decorated with immaculate attention to smallest detail

This first Riva 88 Folgore unit is fitted with a pair of MTU 16V 2000 M96L engines rated 2,638 mhp for a top speed of 39 knots and a cruising speed of 33 knots. The standard propulsion solution is a pair of MTU 16V 2000 M96 engines rated 2,435 mhp, which drive the yacht to a top speed of 36 knots and a cruising speed of 30 knots. With stronger engines, the speed of 22 knots saw consumption of 200 liters per hour, while with 29 knots of speed it exceeded 300 liters, with consumption of about 350 liters at 33 knots.

We can conclude that you have nice range of speeds that are close to 10 liters per mile consumption. The maximum speed of 39,5 knots was achieved burning a bit less than 500 liters. The new Riva also can be equipped with gyro stabilizer.

Riva 88 Folgore specifications

LOA: 26,92 m
Beam: 6,31 m
Draft: 1,97 m
Fuel capacity: 8000 l
Water capacity: 1200 l
Displacement: 70.000 kg
Engines: 2 x MTU 16V 2000 M96 2435 HP
2 x MTU 16V 2000 M96L 2638 HP
Max speed: 36/39 knots
Cruising speed: 30/33 knots
Builder: Riva
Dealer: MennYacht

Text Darko Šupuk
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