When Riva launched the 66 Ribelle about two years ago, it introduced yachting enthusiasts to its Sportfly line, which combines a performance focus with the lines of an express cruiser and the function of a flybridge. The Italian shipyard takes that idea to new lengths with its Sportfly-range flagship 88 Folgore, which means “lightning bolt” in Italian. It’s a clever design that maintains a relatively low profile. It’s a look that should appeal to cruisers and speed fans alike. Riva says the yacht’s sporty aesthetic is partially inspired by automotive designs. It is also the result of a collaboration among Officina Italiana Design, the builder’s product strategy committee led by Piero Ferrari, and the Ferretti Group engineering department.
On the performance side of the equation, the 88 Folgore has a warped-hull form with 13 degrees of transom deadrise. Standard power is twin 2,435 hp MTU 16V 2000 M96s. Twin 2,638 hp MTU 16V M96Ls are optional. With standard power, Riva reports a 30-knot cruise speed and a 36-knot top hop. The bigger diesels reportedly bump up cruise speed to 32 knots with a 38-knot top hop. Range at cruising speed is 340 nautical miles or 350 nautical miles, respectively.
Maximizing the yacht’s outside real estate, Riva created multiple alfresco social zones. Starting at the foredeck, there’s a sun pad. Abaft the sun pad is a U-shaped lounge. The flybridge has another sun pad positioned far aft on centerline. A dining table with U-shaped seating is on centerline in the 236-square-foot cockpit. A bar with two stools, located forward and to starboard, is optional. And then there is the nearly 65-square-foot beach club. The swim platform can also be lowered to launch and retrieve a tender.
Inside, the floor plan is open from the cockpit doors to the two-seat helm that’s forward and to starboard. There is formal dining for eight to port. Cut-down bulwarks amidships provide ocean views out the glass superstructure when dining.
Accommodations on the 88 Folgore include a forepeak VIP stateroom, two double-berth guest staterooms abaft it to port and starboard, and a full-beam master stateroom amidships. The master has three layout options, including head and walk-in closet placement as well as a desk/vanity area.
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