Published: Monday, 05 May 2014

A trailblazer that continuously sets new trends, Riva has been evolving for 172 years. The new Riva 88’ Miami, is the spiritual successor of the Riva Bahamas - the first model entirely designed by Mauro Micheli, and the designer who is responsible for the entire Riva range today.

This project, which results from the close collaboration between Ferretti Group’s Product Strategy & Marketing Committee, Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta of Officina Italiana Design, and Advanced Yacht Technology & Design (AYT&D), the Group’s research, development, and style center, is a revolutionary yacht which perfectly blends an open and a coupé model into one single vessel, offering owners a range of solutions to enjoy their passion for the sea.

The Riva 88’ Miami is - 26.70 m (87 ft. 7 in.) in overall length and 6.20 m (20 ft. 4 in.) full beam. The 88’ Miami is slated to have hull #1 completed and launched by the end of 2014, with its official world première scheduled in the first months of 2015. The 88’ Miami features a cutting-edge innovation with an exclusive Ferretti Group patent installed on this new project for the very first time. This innovative solution provides top-of-the-range elegance and design, perfectly matched with the utmost safety and user-friendly capabilities.

 Riva Unveils New 88 Miami

“It is a demanding task to create further added value and design innovative concepts for an iconic brand like Riva, since any new model must be synonymous for the utmost excellence, absolute luxury, and unique style, all blended into the symbol of the Made in Italy boating industry worldwide”, states Ferruccio Rossi, Ferretti Group’s CEO. “Precisely for this reason, it is a very exciting challenge for the whole team. We are proud to affirm that 2014 will be another year, which will go down in the history of Riva. After the launch of the new flagship 122’ Mythos, the first model by Riva made in aluminum, we present this revolutionary project, which further improves the offer of the brand in an extremely strategic market segment, between 80 and 90 feet. We will put on the market a product which, thanks to its innovative individualities, will be able to raise the attention and the interest of many new lovers of the brand Riva worldwide”, added Rossi.

“The idea of the convertible hard top is a relevant success both from a technical and a stylistic point of view”, stated Riva designer Mauro Micheli. “Thanks to the collaboration with AYT&D, the hard top has turned into an invisible element from the side, which can display its major function covering the outer living area. This system results from the match between the technical development of materials and movement and the stylistic research for and element which can enhance the personality of this yacht”, added Micheli.

“The Riva Bahamas was the first yacht I imagined and designed on my own. It is a yacht from the 90s, which is still appreciated today. I like to consider the Riva 88’ Miami as the new Bahamas. I decided to use some of the vintage materials of the 80s; wood in particular, especially for the interiors. I chose peach skin elm wood to convey a soft and cozy feeling”, added Micheli.

This new project by Riva features excellent performance, with a choice of engines by MTU. As the standard version, the 88’ Miami is fitted with two MTU 16V 2000 M93, 2435 mhp, which allow reaching a maximum speed of 38.5 and a cruising speed of 34 knots, with a range of 315 and 340 nautical miles, respectively. As an alternative option, as in the case of hull number 1, 88’ Miami, can be fitted with two MTU 16V 2000 M94, 2638 mhp. This new project by Riva, with these engines, can reach a maximum speed of 40.5 knots and a cruising speed of 36 knots, with a range of 300 and 325 nautical miles, respectively.