Paying hommage to the city where it's being introduced, the limited edition model is based on the 500 Riva, itself a special version of the cutesy city car.
Billed as being the “most beautiful 500 ever,” Fiat’s latest take on its popular petite model carries over the nautical theme of the Riva and wears a “Sera Blue” paint mirroring the hues used by Riva’s Aquariva Super boats. Created by Fiat France, the car has received a unique blue top and features chrome-plated side mirror caps, hood trim, and door handles to make it stand out from the regular 500.
Running along the car’s beltline is a double aquamarine stripe to enhance the nautical theme of the limited-run model, one that’s based on the 500 Riva previously described by FCA as the “the smallest yacht in the world.” It sits on unique 16-inch alloy wheels featuring a 20-spoke design and adorned with blue accents to complement the body’s finish.
As a final touch, Fiat France has placed Riva’s logo on the wheel arch, trunk lid, as well as on the side panel insert and on the dashboard. Speaking of the latter, it has a hand-painted mahogany finish with maple inlay work also done by hand. Additional mahogany details are adorning the gear knob and door sills, while a wood inlay has been applied onto the steering wheel to make the car feel a bit more special. The seats are covered in ivory Poltrona Frau leather featuring ivory stitching to provide a bit of contrast.
Fiat mentions production is going to be capped at just 50 cars and all of them are going to be sold exclusively in France. Customers will only be able to have it as a cabriolet with either the 69-hp 1.2-liter engine or the beefier 0.9-liter TwinAir available with 85 hp and 105 hp. The cars will have all the goodies of the regular 500 Riva, including LED daytime running lights, fog lights, automatic AC, navigation, DAB, Beats Audio, and other amenities.
More about the 500 Riva Tender to Paris in the press release area below.
Gallery: 2016 Fiat 500 Riva Paris Motor Show
500 Riva parades in the French capital with the “Tender to Paris” limited edition
On the stand at Europe's most glamorous motor show, Fiat is launching the 500 Riva "Tender to Paris" special series displayed next to the Aquariva Super, both in exclusive "Sera Blue", the traditional colour of the Sarnico shipyard
Fiat is shining in Paris with a symbol of outstanding Italian beauty, fruit of the meeting between two undisputed icons of the motoring and nautical worlds: 500 Riva will be displayed on the stand alongside an Aquariva Super, the open power yacht that symbolises Riva creativity and which was the source of inspiration for the car.
To celebrate the partnership between 500 and Riva, FCA France has decided to create a specific version, complete with all the main optional equipment offered on 500 Riva. This limited edition - that will count just 50 cars only for the French market - will be convertible only. It will fit BeatsAudioTM, navigator with DAB, electrochromic rear-view mirror, windstop, steering wheel with mahogany insert as standard material and will sport an exclusive "Tender to Paris" numbered and customised badge.
500 Riva "Tender to Paris" preserves the style elements that characterise 500 Riva making it the most beautiful 500 ever. The body paintwork is "Sera Blue", one of the most traditional and appreciated colours in the palette of Aquariva Super boats, and is set off by an exclusive blue top make specifically for 500 Riva. Other unique details embellish the livery: the mirror caps are chrome-plated, as are the handles and the bonnet trim which emphasises its streamline design, in perfect harmony with the style of the boats built by the legendary shipyard in Sarnico. Furthermore, a double aquamarine stripe enhances the round profile of the 500: running along the belt line, it recalls the charming decorative detail of the power yacht. Lastly, the exclusive one-of-a-kind 16" 20-spoke light alloy rims are characterised by a specific blue finish and designed especially for this version. The Riva 500 special series is also the only one to sport the logo of the nautical legend on the boot, wheel arch, the side panel insert and the dashboard.
The dashboard is the real gem of the 500 Riva. Made of hand-painted mahogany with maple inlay work, it offers the occupants the luxurious warmth of life on-board, as emphasised by the Riva logo. An innovative engineering process was implemented to make it: the wood is applied on an ultralight carbon shell to ensure stability, flexibility and perfect strength over time. The maple inlays are arranged by hand, making each creation truly unique. In this way, 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 state-of-the-art technology and expert craftsmanship. In addition to the dashboard, other mahogany details include the door sills and the gear knob, the latter machined from solid wood. Furthermore, from this month on, 500 Riva will also be embellished by an even more exclusive detail: the steering wheel with an elegant wood inlay. And exclusivity is also the name of the game for the seats, with ivory Poltrona Frau® quilted effect leather upholstery and contrasting ivory stitching. The piping is Sera blue, like the profiles of the seat belts, which are also ivory. Every detail aboard the car - from the colours to the materials - makes reference to the unmistakeable style of the Aquariva Super. The attention to detail is meticulous with a coherently elegant colour palette. The mats have special ivory edging and contrasting "Sera Blue" stitching, like the boot mat also features a wood insert with Riva lettering.
The car has plenty of safety and comfort features, with seven airbags, ABS 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. Naturally, the standard equipment also includes automatic A/C, fog lights, LED daytime running lights and a personalised TFT screen with aquamarine background and Riva logo. The "Tender to Paris" limited edition may be equipped with the brilliant 1.2 Fire 69 HP engine or the TwinAir 0.9 cm3 two-cylinder, of which two versions are available: 85 HP with Dualogic transmission and 105 HP.