Riviera premieres 645 SUV


Australia’s largest luxury motor yacht builder premiered its flagship SUV model at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.


Riviera’s SUV flagship has an overall length of almost 70ft


Riviera kicked off this year’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show with the world premiere of the 645 SUV, the flagship of a six-model collection that combines the blue-water pedigree of the Sports Motor Yachts line with the single-level living area of the Sport Yacht range. The 645 SUV has a 63ft 8in hull, an overall length of 69ft 8in with swim platform and bowsprit, and a beam of 19ft 1in.


The model is available in Classic or Newport editions. The Classic features elegant interior furnishings, a versatile foredeck entertaining space and four guest cabins. The Newport includes a distinctive Tungsten silver hardtop, a spacious foredeck sunpad, avant-garde saloon features and three guest cabins with a lower-deck lounge.


The central helm can feature two or three leather helm seats


The yacht also offers three bathrooms and a utility, crew or additional accommodation aft of the master stateroom. In addition, she offers alfresco-deck dining, a saloon that includes an aft gourmet galley with island bench and a side saloon door leading to the side deck and a foredeck that can become a lavish entertainment hub.


The foredeck zone is a unique space, providing seating for up to 10 people, an insulated ice bin, stereo and locations for fenders and ropes. The Newport Edition includes a large sunpad.


The foredeck can become a large, covered entertainment hub


Riviera Australia owner Rodney Longhurst said: “The wonderful versatility of the SUV design lends itself perfectly to a larger yacht. The 645 takes our SUV to a new level with even more space, performance, cruising range, accommodation and luxury.”


The teak-laid cockpit layout includes an optional three-seater transom lounge or live-bait well and optional awning extending from the sleek hardtop aft, as well as a dual-plate, electric barbecue. There is plenty of room to fish, dive or launch water toys through the twin transom doors to the large hydraulic swim platform.


Forward of the cockpit, the al fresco deck has an extendable daybed and dining area


A few steps up from the cockpit is the 645 SUV’s entertainment and living epicentre – a semi-enclosed alfresco deck offering a plush sofa to port that extends to a double daybed. Alfresco living and dining are enjoyed in the L-shaped lounge to starboard, which includes a generous drop-leaf teak table.


Inside, the saloon has a galley along the port side with a generous island bench. A three-burner induction cooktop includes removable potholders and there are two-drawer fridges, two-drawer freezers, a combination oven/microwave and a dishwasher under the benchtop.


The saloon lounge is opposite a galley with island bench


Saloon dining is through an innovative feature. The walnut dining table is located behind the lounge and can be deployed simply by moving away four cushions and lifting the table up and out.


The helm on the centreline offers the option of two or three forward-facing luxurious leather helm seats facing three 24-inch screens and comprehensive system controls. The forward starboard corner of the saloon can be a relaxing lounge, a workstation or a cocktail bar.


The full-beam master suite is midships


On the lower deck, the full-beam master stateroom has 1.95m of headroom, a central queen-sized bed, chaise lounge, large cedar-lined wardrobe and generous aft en-suite bathroom. A space beside the en-suite can be personalised to suit an owner’s needs: laundry, utility room, crew cabin or even additional accommodation. This space includes a water-tight door to the engine room.


The VIP guest stateroom forward includes a queen-sized bed and en-suite bathroom. The second guest stateroom to port has two single berths that slide together to form a double berth and has en-suite access to the day head. Directly opposite is a fourth stateroom with twin crossover berths. The Newport Edition configures this area as an atrium lounge.


The VIP suite is in the bow


Twin MAN V8 1300 diesels deliver a cruise speed of 28 knots and a top speed of 31 knots, the respective figures rising to 30 and 34 knots with the optional MAN V12 1550s. The Twin Disc Express Joystick System (EJS) marries hydraulic thrusters with Twin Disc gearboxes. Joysticks are at the helm and in the cockpit.


All Riviera MAN-powered yachts come with a five-year engines limited warranty, further supported by Riviera’s seven-year structural and two-year express limited warranties. Dealers in Asia include Lee Marine in Thailand.

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