November 7, 2013

Project: Riviera 515 SUV

Riviera has just announced project details of the third model in its latest SUV range, the 515. This new Rivera featured a full interior display on show at the Gold Coast International Marine Expo held from November 1-3, ahead of her world release at the builder's coming Festival of Boating in May 2014. Created in-house using industry-leading Unigraphics 3D software, Riviera's team of designers and engineers have focused on maximizing this new design in every detail. This sophisticated software allows Riviera designers to see the exact size, space and scale in the computer long before a single piece of timber is cut for the plug work.  Bearing Riviera's classic hallmark design, the SUV has been crafted with down under most famous builder heritage in mind; combining high performance, blue water cruising and fish raising abilities of the classic flybridge with the single-level leisurely entertaining features of the popular Sport Yacht series. Riviera's head designer Stephen Ford said the 515 SUV featured clever and versatile design innovations.  The hardtop features two Webasto sunroofs above the saloon area that open electrically with the push of a button. The incorporation of this new sunroof design marks another exciting development in the 515 SUV's DNA, which includes purposeful lines, hefty scant-lings, the solid feel in a seaway, spacious layout, Euro-style luxurious d├ęcor, and of course  a full flybridge-size cockpit.  The aft deck cockpit features an island storage centre which offers space for an optional additional barbecue or live bait tank with filter and glass front. The cockpit seating features an optional integrated and interchangeable table, which provides a versatile alfresco entertaining area. There is a freezer and recycling bin located just behind the cockpit lounge for convenient access while entertaining.  The 515 SUV also features extensive cockpit storage with a central self-draining moulded lazarette bin that has been integrated into the cockpit floor, tender storage is on the boarding platform and there is the option for a hydraulic platform which can be fitted to the boat on which a large rigid bottom tender can be mounted.  Side deck access has been enhanced with grab rail and optional extended bow rail. The 515 SUV also features an impressive commercial air intake system designed to keep the engine room cooler and thus reducing fuel consumption.  Below decks is a flexible accommodation plan featuring three very generous sized staterooms and two bathrooms. The master stateroom can be located either forward or amidships and has an ensuite bathroom in both optional layouts to allow owners to truly personalize their boat. The two aft cabins offer full head-room while large hull windows with opening port holes on both sides give an abundance of natural light and fresh air. Optional hull port lights are available for the forward stateroom.  Standard power is twin Cummins 600hp with Zeus pod drives that are expected to top 30 knots, and cruise at 24, with a nice range of 390 nautical miles with 10 per cent reserve fuel.  There are two engine options available on the new 515 SUV; Volvo 600 and 700hp these being with IPS pod propulsion.