Fiat’s idea of a boat on wheels is a special edition 500 created with help from yacht builder Riva. The nautical theme starts on the outside where the car’s body has received a lovely “Sera Blue” livery which you can’t have on any other 500 model. The finish is derived from Riva’s Aquariva Super yacht and on the open-top 500 is combined with a new shade of blue for the top while the regular model gets a black panoramic roof.
To make it stand out even more, Fiat and Riva gave the side mirror caps a chrome finish which you’ll also notice on the hood trim and the door handles. The side profile is adorned by a double aquamarine line that runs along the beltline while the hard-to-clean 16-inch alloy wheels featuring a 20-spoke design are also exclusive to this special edition.
Stepping inside, the Fiat 500 Riva has received hand-painted mahogany with maple inlay work for the central area of the dashboard along with special door sills and gear lever knob carved from a solid piece of mahogany wood. The seats come wrapped in tailor-made ivory leather from Poltrona Frau and with ivory stitching to mimic the Aquariva Super. As a final touch, the cabin has received a new set of floor mats with ivory hems and “Sera Blue” stitching to match the body’s look.
Starting today, Fiat is taking orders for the special model and says the first 500 cars will feature a numbered limited edition badge which the customer will be able to personalize. Gasoline engine options include a 69-hp 1.2-liter unit and the punchier Twin Air 0.9-liter offered in 85 hp and 105 hp flavors. If you would rather have a diesel, the 500 Riva can be specified with a 95-hp 1.3-liter Multijet and depending on engine choice, buyers get to pick from five- or six-speed manual transmissions and the robotized Dualogic ‘box.
Fiat isn’t saying how much it costs, so you’ll have to contact your local dealer to find out details about pricing of “the smallest yacht in the world.”
Gallery: 2016 Fiat 500 Riva special edition
Fiat 500 Riva, “The Smallest Yacht in the world”, symbol of outstanding Italian beauty
- The new 500 exclusive special series can now be ordered from all Fiat dealerships.
- Created from the meeting of two absolute icons in the motoring and nautical worlds.
- Available as a sedan and a cabriolet, the car stands out for its unique appearance and premium materials by Riva.
- The dashboard is made of real mahogany with maple inlays, the same woods used on Riva yachts.
- Exclusive details, extensive standard equipment and a complete engines line-up.
- On the main European markets, the first 500 cars will sport a numbered limited edition badge which can be personalised by the customer.
The Fiat 500, launched in 1957, strongly contributed to motorising Italy and quickly become a cult model of which over four million would be sold. Those were the years of the Dolce Vita, during which the country was rapidly evolving and restarting with dynamic vigour and enthusiasm. The legendary 500 went beyond meeting the growing need to make mobility accessible and expressed the deep-seated zest for life of an entire generation. The same expression of vitality was projected in the same period by Aquarama, the Riva speedboat synonymous with elegance and perfection. An authentic status symbol, made of premium quality materials, meticulously executed detailing and maximum craft expertise.
As of today, the new 500 Riva can be ordered at all Fiat dealerships. The exclusive limited series stands out for its unique appearance and refined details, having been created with the partnership of Riva, a legendary brand in the nautical world, synonymous with elegance and Italian taste. Style is expressed by the dashboard, for instance: the gear knob is carved from solid mahogany and the dashboard, also made of mahogany, has maple inlays. These superior woods used to make the Riva yachts and the privilege of premium cars are re-interpreted on 500 through the combination of sophisticated technology and expert crafting.
The iconic Fiat blends with the timeless allure of Riva, to produce a car that combines the style and design features of both brands.
Two absolute legends in the world of cars and of boats meet to create a new desirable object, which symbolises outstanding Italian beauty.
Fiat 500 Riva is also convertible: this version expresses an unmistakable style made of precious wood and dedication to details to turn any trip into an exclusive cruise.
A car born at sea to seduce the city
The target of the new 500 Riva are motorists seeking on dry land the same exclusivity of Aquariva Super yacht - the current Riva icon - and the accessibility that has made the 500 an icon: quality materials and a unique style to experience the emotions of a cruise on everyday city streets.
The "Sera Blue" bodywork, an exclusive colour for this limited special series, is one of the most appreciated of the palette offered for Aquariva Super, the Italian shipyard's emblematic yacht and successor to the legendary Aquarama.
The convertible version boasts a new blue top, created exclusively for this version, while the black of the sedan's panoramic roof makes it particularly elegant.
Unique details embellish the livery: the mirror caps are chrome-plated, as are the handles and the bonnet trim which emphasises the streamline style of the bonnet, in perfect harmony with Riva boats. Furthermore, a double aquamarine line running along the belt line enhances the soft profile of the 500 and recalls the beautiful line of a yacht. Lastly, the car feature brand new and exclusive 16" 20-spoke light alloy rims with a dedicated blue finish, designed particularly for this series. Not by chance, the special series really carries the Riva name: it is the only 500 to give way on the bonnet to the logo of the nautical legend and the name is spelt out on the wheel arch, on the wooden insert on the side panel and on the dashboard.
Emotions and comfort on-board
Inside, the central dashboard, in hand-painted mahogany with maple inlay work, offers the occupants the luxurious warmth of life on-board, as emphasised by the Riva logo. An innovative engineering process was implemented to make the dashboard: the wood is applied onto an ultralight carbon shell to ensure stability, flexibility and perfect strength over time. The maple inlays are inserted by hand making each creation truly unique. Wood - the most natural of materials - meets state-of-the-art technology for a result of absolute excellence, just like on Riva yachts: the perfect combination of ultimate technology and expert craftsmanship.
The door sills and gear lever knob carved from a solid piece of wood also made of mahogany, while for the seats an exclusive ivory leather created by Poltrona Frau® has been selected, with ivory stitching in a different tone on the seat piping. The seat side strips are Sera blue, like the profiles of the seatbelts, also ivory. The colours and materials recall the exclusive ambience of Aquariva Super, ensuring thrills and comfort.
The attention to detail can be seen everywhere, in a coherent and elegant colour palate. The mats are especially created with ivory hems and contrasting "Sera Blue" stitching, as is the boot mat that also features a wood insert with Riva lettering.
A complete range of engines
The new 500 Riva offers a wide range of high-performance engines, contained in terms of consumption and respecting the environment as demonstrated by their Euro6 type-approval.
Such as the tried-and-tested champion of thrift 1.2 Fire with 69 CV, also available with ECO function. This engine fits a smart alternator, a specific aerodynamic pack and new tyres which guarantee low rolling resistance and high resistance to wear. These developments as a whole translate into real savings on running costs and a sustainable environment impact. One number for all: the CO2 emissions total only 99 grams per kilometre. Also petrol are the TwinAir 0.9 cm3 with 85 HP and 105 HP two-cylinder engines which are a real, accessible solution to maximising benefits for the environment and for your pocket.
The 1.3 Multijet 95 HP diesel engine could not be missing from the line-up. Once again, Fiat 500 is the only car in its segment to offer a turbo diesel. The 1.3 Multijet is the pride and joy of FCA motor engineering and ensures great autonomy and low running costs without sacrificing comfort or pleasure to drive. With a power output of 95 HP delivered at 3750 rpm, it is able to reach a maximum speed of 180 km/h and accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.7 seconds. In addition, the use of a turbocharger with variable geometry enables the engine to deliver high torque at low revs: 170 Nm at 1,250 rpm and a maximum torque of 200 Nm at 1,500 rpm, all to the benefit of flexible running and pleasant driving.
Depending on the engine, there is 5 or 6 speed mechanical transmission or the robotic Dualogic.
Comfort, safety and infotainment
The new special series offers the public an extensive range of equipment. As well as the aesthetic details that make it unique, the Fiat 500 Riva ensures safety thanks to seven airbags, ABS complete with EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution), ESC (Electronic Stability Control), ASR (Anti Slip Regulation) Hill Holder, which assists the driver during hill starts, and HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assistance) that helps with emergency braking. Also included as standard are automatic air-conditioning, fog lights, LED day-time lights and a personalised TFT screen with aquamarine background and Riva logo.
In addition, the dashboard incorporates a UconnectTM 7" HD LIVE touchscreen with tablet effect and HD display, the next frontier of infotainment, as standard equipment. This system implements a wide range of functions, including UconnectTM LIVE services as standard, Bluetooth hands-free system, voice recognition and plenty of music options, in addition to FM/AM radio. The driver can connect their multimedia devices via USB or using the 3.5mm auxiliary jack, or stream music from a compatible smartphone using Bluetooth. On request, a digital radio (DAB) and built-in 3D TomTom navigator can also be provided.
The new Fiat 500 Riva offers the latest audio experience from Beats by Dr. Dre, the system designed to revolutionise the way in which music can be heard inside the vehicle. On request, the customer can also equip their car with the exclusive BeatsAudioTM system developed in conjunction with Beats by Dr Dre. Specifically, the BeatsAudioTM system boasts a total output of 440 watts and features a digital 8-channel amplifier integrating an advanced equalisation algorithm, which can recreate the entire sound spectrum that an artist experiences during studio recording.
The Beats AudioTM sound system consists of an 8-channel amplifier with 440 watts of power; two dome tweeters installed in the front pillars; two 165 mm midwoofers in the front doors; two full-range 165 mm speakers in the rear side panels; and one 200 mm subwoofer in the spare wheel compartment in the centre of the luggage compartment.
With the TFT screen for the speedometer and driving instruments, the car's dashboard delivers a fully-digital driving experience that nevertheless retains the classic 500 instrument layout, complete with circular cluster and round buttons.