Sean Connery had a beauty... then again, so did Brigitte Bardot. Not forgetting Richard Burton and Sophia Loren. An Italian Riva was the luxury yacht you simply had to own if you took your status symbols seriously in the 1950s. These yachts enjoyed the reputation of being the Rolls-Royce of the Seven Seas – the epitome of “joie de vivre”, the height of luxury. Ferretti took over the business in the year 2000 breathing new life into the traditional brand. Since then, 15 models have been launched on the market, the latest addition being the 27.5 meter Riva 90.
Three engine options – All from MTU
The vessel, referred to by its Italian Designer Mauro Micheli as “sleek and streamlined, sprightly and sophisticated”, is available with three different engine options: The standard twin MTU 12V 2000 M96L engines may be just the job for skippers who are content with top speeds of up to 26 knots * (48 km/h) and a cruising speed of 22 knots*. Anyone looking for a little more action might like to raise the stakes by opting for the 16V 2000 M86 diesel engines. And if that's still not enough, the yacht can even plow ahead at up to 30 knots* (some 56 km/h) when powered by the top-of-the-range 16V 2000 M96 option from MTU.
Framework contract for the entire group
Alongside the Riva 90, both the Riva 88 and the Riva 100 also feature MTU engines. Riva parent Ferretti and MTU have signed a framework agreement to facilitate a swift ordering process and eliminate the need for any renegotiation. The engines are not just used in Riva and Ferretti yachts, but also in some other models of the brands on offer from the company such as Pershing, Custom Line, CRN, Mochi Craft and Itama. “This contract allows us to guarantee our customers' yachts are powered by top quality, reliable engines,” claims Ferretti's Engeenering department.
Back in the day, Sean Connery and Brigitte Bardot were sadly unable to enjoy the sheer power of an MTU diesel, as Riva used to build its own gasoline engines. The yachts were made of wood back then as well, whereas latter day, state-of-the-art “Rivas” are designed in composite with wood details.
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