Riviera Yachts has added a new flagship to its SUV line-up in the form of the Riviera 645 SUV.
From the production line of Australia’s biggest boat builder, this striking sportscruiser will become the new flagship of Riviera’s six-model SUV (sport utility vessel) line-up, which previously ranged from 39ft to 57ft.
The big appeal here is its one-level inside/outside space, with the huge enclosed cockpit flowing seamlessly into the galley, saloon and helm area.
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For fisherfolk, there’s a spacious, teak-decked fishing cockpit, complete with barbie, wet bar and top-loading fridge-freezer. The cockpit opens out onto a big hydraulic swim platform – again, both are on the one level.
The alfresco opportunities continue with the impressive-sized foredeck, including a plush, U-shaped sofa offering seating for up to 12, and a big sunshade, which is strung from a quartet of carbon fibre poles.
For accommodation, there’s a full-width owner’s cabin, a guest double in the bow, plus a couple of other cabins with twin singles. Big hull-side windows flood all the cabins with plenty of light.
The Riviera 645 SUV is packed with cool touches, like the three-across helm station with gorgeous, quilted-leather seats, twin sliding sunroofs, a stand-up engine room, and lots of shiny stainless steel for the doors and windows. The overall quality, fit and finish look impressive.
Power options include either a pair of 1,300hp MAN V8s, or 1,550hp MAN V12s with shaft drives. Even the smaller engines can punch the big Riviera to a top speed of 32 knots.
Then there’s the peace-of-mind backing of Riviera which, over the past 40 years has built an astonishing 5,700 yachts, 170 of which have been SUV models.
Riviera 645 SUV specification
LOA: 69ft 8ins (21.2m)
Beam: 19ft 1ins (5.8m)
Engines: Twin MAN V8 1,300hp / Twin MAN V12 1,550hp
Top speed: >30knots
Starting price: $2.8 million / £2.0 million