May 4, 2010

Projects: Rio 42 Air, Rio 42 Art

Rio continue with the revamp as started in 2004 with the launch of the successful 44 Art for all its range presenting always more innovative and modern looking models. Just as promised in the 2009 Genoa show the North Italian builder presents the renderings for a complete new 42 model which as usual to Rio will feature the Air for hardtop, and the Art open style version. This 42 is a complete new model and features many changes not only in the looks and layout plan department but in all parts of this medium to large sized sport cruiser. It is also in fact 25 cm wider, and a foot longer to the old model. The size changes show a complete different internal plan with a larger full beam owners cabin, stern drive propulsion versus shaft of the old model, high low bathing platform, and a complete revamp to the cockpit layout with large L-shaped settee which adds a lot of free space against the sun pad plan of the old 42. The 42 Air will also offer a major difference as unlike the previous model will have a real integrated hardtop design. The 42 Art will also offer big changes and follows the looks and feel of the 2008 launched 35 Art model with a forward looking radar arch. The 42 Art is all similar to the hard top Air model, but goes on with full open hands in the air cockpit. Standard power is from twin Volvo D6 330hp. This model made its debut at the recent Naples boat show and should prove to be another winning design from Rio.