Ferretti Group reveals new details of Riva 90 Argo
Speaking at the Cannes Yachting Festival, Ferretti Group chief executive Alberto Galassi revealed the name of the model, along with a first look rendering video.
"If you Google 'Argo'," Galassi said, "you will find it is the name of the first boat ever built. It has since become the name of a constellation and we thought it suited the yacht well."
Chief commercial officer Stefano de Vivo added: "We started from the idea of our history and wanted to name this yacht after the oldest boat on the planet."
The yard has also revealed a first look rendering video of the 27.43 metre motor yacht, which was developed by the Ferretti Engineering Department working in close collaboration with the Officina Italiana Design studio.
Key features include a generously sized superyacht sundeck and a wide-body owner’s cabin situated on the main deck. Aft, the Riva 90 will inherit the concealed stairway system from the Riva 56 Rivale, while the tender garage is large enough to accommodate and independently launch a Williams 395 and a Jet Ski.
Speaking last year, Mauro Micheli, chief designer at Officina Italiana Design, said: “The Riva 90 is a very sleek, slender boat despite being quite large, volume-wise. Its lines are balanced, sporty and elegant, brilliantly epitomising the Riva DNA. There is a real sense of stylistic coherency between the interiors and exteriors.”
Three engine options from MTU will be made available, ranging from twin 1,921hp 12V2000 M96Ls to a pair of 2,400hp 16V2000 M93 engines - the latter will be installed on hull number one. The result is speeds of up to 30 knots out on the open water as well as a wide range of cruising speeds from 22 to 26 knots.
Likewise a wide range of layouts will be offered, with the option to fit up to five guest cabins onto the lower deck.
Sergio Beretta, CEO of Officina Italiana Design, previously said: “It is not designed for any specific sea — it’s perfect anywhere. That said, we believe that the Riva 90 will be particularly popular in the East because of its modern, edgy style.”
Other superyacht projects under development at the Italian yard include the Riva 50M, which is due to hit the water in 2019.