Countdown to Cannes Yachting Festival 2021: Riva 76 Perseo Super

How time flies. It’s six years since we tested the original Perseo at the Cannes show, a sleek and stupendously competent piece of luxury engineering that gave us a terrific high-speed run in one-metre seas, like a thoroughbred racehorse out for a gallop.

It didn’t break a sweat. And the fit and finish were everything you would hope for in a Riva – tasteful, opulent, and beautifully executed. In fact there was something so marvellous about it that we gave it a Motor Boat Award. Unimprovable is the word that springs to mind.

Nevertheless, improvements are claimed for this new Riva 76 Perseo Super version. Various interior décor schemes are offered, which change the look quite markedly: light or dark lacquered oak panelling, for example, or lustrous rosewood if you prefer.

Dark mahogany detailing contrasts with the stainless steel. In a significant change to the original spec, the Perseo now comes with the option of a fourth cabin down below, with twin berths and its own ensuite, taking the place of the lower seating area and some useful stowage space on the port side.

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Although this new lower layout won’t feel as spacious as the standard, it is bound to find favour. There is also a bar option for the cockpit, in place of the L-shaped sofa on the starboard side.

One thing that hasn’t changed on the new Riva 76 Perseo Super’s spec sheet is the choice of engines, which on our test of the original, which packed the larger 1800s, proved such a perfect match for this hull.

If it’s anything like as good as the original Perseo, the new version will certainly warrant its Super nomenclature. But is it any better? Hard to believe, but anything’s possible I suppose.

Riva 76 Perseo Super specifications

LOA: 76ft 0in (23.2m)
Beam: 18ft 0in (5.7m)
Engines: Twin MAN V12 1550hp-1800hp
Top speed: 37 knots
Starting price: €3,770,000 (ex. VAT)