Much like the Mini Cooper and Volkswagen Beetle, the Fiat 500 is a polarizing vehicle. For some, it's too small to have any sort of everyday practicality, but for others, its Lilliputian size is the perfect size to squeeze into tight urban parking spaces. Others love, or hate, its cloying retro cuteness. But whatever you think of Fiat's inaugural model kicking off the brand's re-introduction into the U.S. market after a more than 30-year absence, you can't ignore it. At this year's Detroit show, the brand is introducing two more models that will be sure to turn heads. Officially, the two models are just "concepts" but could be an indication of variants that could soon be headed to a Fiat Studio near you.
Fiat 500 Abarth Tenebra Concept
Among the 500 lineup, the Abarth positively bristles with attitude and exuberance among its comparatively reserved siblings. But for some, even the extroverted Abarth is too reserved. For those that want the maximum expression with their pint-sized scorpion, Fiat introduces the Tenebra design concept. Mechanically, no changes were announced relative to the standard-issue Abarth. But visually, the Tenebra has a number of features to distinguish it from a run-of-the-mill Abarth. First off is the matte finish Grigio (gray) paint, with contrasting Nero (black) chrome exterior accents, gloss Nero headlamp, taillamp, and parking lamp bezels and lightweight 16-inch Hyper Nero Chrome wheels. The bodyside stripe and mirror caps have a gloss Grigio finish, as does the giant Abarth scorpion logo on the roof.
On the inside, the Tenebra is distinguished by Nero leather seats and steering wheel with Grigio piping and accent stitching. The dashboard features genuine matte-finished carbon fiber trim. The shift knob and handbrake also feature Grigio stitching.
Fiat 500 Cattiva Concept
The Fiat 500 Cattiva concept is based on the recently-introduced 500 Turbo model, and like the Tenebra, features blacked-out Nero headlamp, taillamp and parking lot light bezels. The distinctive Rame (copper) paint job is contrasted by a gloss Nero roof and rear spoiler. The 16-inch wheels get a satin gray finish.
On the inside, the Cattiva gets a matte Nero instrument panel trim, with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob and handbrake with Argento (silver) stitching. Both the Tenebra and Cattiva concepts feature Beats Audio sound systems.