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New Fiat 500 Riva edition is "smallest yacht in the world"

Fiat has announced a new special edition 500 in collaboration with yacht-maker Riva

Fiat has teamed up with luxury yacht manufacturer Riva to create a special edition of the retro 500. The new model supposedly combines the exquisite style of Riva yachts, with the dinky dimensions of the diminutive city car.

The Fiat 500 Riva includes many accents that have been inspired by Riva yachts, including a unique paint used known as Sera blue, a double aquamarine line running around the middle of the car, and brand new 16-inch alloy wheels. Chrome plating has been used to further enhance the visual link between the two; with the mirror caps, door handles and bonnet trim all getting a mirror-finish.

The interior has also been changed to fit the Riva theme, with Sera blue featuring again on the sides of the ivory leather seats and on the edges of the ivory coloured seatbelts. The most notable change to the interior is the introduction of premium quality wood as used by Riva. Mahogany and Maple, for example, have been used to carve a new dashboard, while the gear knob has been carved out of solid Mahogany. Riva has made sure to stamp its name on this special edition of the 500, with a logo on the bonnet badges inside and out.

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The final unique option – only available to the initial 500 customers of the main European markets – is a numbered badge just behind the handbrake, which can be personalised at the customer’s request.

The Fiat 500 Riva will be available with the familiar Fiat engines, ranging from the 900c TwinAir petrol producing either 84bhp or 104bhp, up to the 95bhp 1.3-litre diesel. All cars get a manual gearbox as standard, while an automatic option is offered as an option on some models. Fiat 500 and 500C convertible versions are available, with the convertible’s roof being an exclusive blue only available on this edition.

The Fiat 500 Riva is now available to order in all markets, including the UK.

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