A car manufacturer and a yacht builder wouldn’t immediately appear to have much in common. However, thanks to a joint provenance, Fiat and Riva have collaborated to create a luxury, limited edition 500.
The two Italian brands have been inextricably linked since the country’s Dolce Vita years. It was during this period that the original Fiat 500 was launched (in 1957) and Riva’s elegant Aquarama speedboat rose to prominence.
Sixty years on and the Fiat 500 Riva combines the very best of both icons. Based mechanically on the standard Fiat 500 – with the options of 1.2 69hp, TwinAir 85hp and TwinAir 105hp engines – it boasts a number of stylish upgrades and a unique nautical-themed paint scheme.
Named ‘Sera Blue’, the colour is one of the most popular on the Aquariva Super, the Aquarama’s successor. Around its belt line, the model features a double aquamarine stripe, while the mirror caps, door handles and bonnet trim are finished in chrome.
Unique 16-inch, 20-spoke alloy wheels finished in blue come as standard, while drivers are given the option between either a deep blue retracting or panoramic glass roof.
Inside the cabin, the nautical theme is continued, thanks to hand-painted mahogany with maple inlay work – reminiscent of a Riva yacht’s deck – adorning the dash.
The recognisable Riva logo sits subtly on the dash in front of the passenger and on the front pair of Poltrona Frau ivory leather-trimmed seats. This logo can also be found on the car’s boot lid, wheel arch and the wooden insert of the side moulding.
Both the doorsills and gear knob are also carved from a solid piece of mahogany, while the floor and boot mats are specially created with ivory hems and contrasting "Sera Blue" stitching.
Entertainment and comfort features in the 500 Riva are of the highest standard offered by Fiat. Automatic climate control, front fog lights, rear parking sensors, LED DRLs and a seven-inch TFT instrument cluster with aquamarine background and Riva logo feature alongside Fiat’s latest seven-inch HD Uconnect live infotainment system. 3D satellite navigation is an optional extra on the model.
For a small city car, the 500 Riva features impressive safety equipment, including seven airbags, ABS with electronic brake distribution, electronic stability control, anti slip regulation, hill holder and HBA hydraulic brake assistance.
The limited edition model is set to go on sale in the UK from August.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.
June 29, 2016