Fiat used its appearance in Detroit to pull the wraps off a pair of largely cosmetic variations on two members of its existing 500 family. Dubbed the Fiat 500 Abarth Tenebra and the 500 Cattiva, each reflects a different take on the individualization process that continues to play an ever more prominent role in the ownership experience for fans of this cheeky Italian import.
Finished in Matte Grigio (gray) set off by Nero (black) Chrome accent bits and Gloss Nero lamp bezels, the Fiat 500 Abarth Tenebra rolls on custom lightweight 16-inch Hyper Nero Chrome Abarth-design aluminum wheels. Its signature Abarth bodyside stripe and mirror caps are Grigio, in case there was any lingering doubt about its heritage, the roof is covered in a Gloss Grigio Abarth "Scorpion" logo. That Grigio/Nero interplay continues inside, where its Abarth sport buckets with race-harness pass-through ports are trimmed in black leather with gray accent stitching, a motif also found on the Tenebra's flat-bottom Abarth steering wheel and instrument cluster brow. A 6-speaker Beats Audio system also is on hand to supply high-intensity sounds on demand.
Inspired by the new Sport and Turbo variants, the Fiat 500 Cattiva boasts a higher-profile Rame (copper) finish, also set off with various Gloss Nero exterior trim bits, including its top and liftgate. Bolstered by a sport suspension, the Cattiva is fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels painted a satin dark grey finish. Cabin tweaks include a bounty of Nero leather on the sport seats, steering wheel and shift knob -- the latter duo set off with Argento (silver) stitching -- Matte Nero dash trim and the obligatory Beats Audio system.
"We are not standing still," said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Fiat Brand North America. "In 2012, we broke a record by selling more than 50,000 units in North America. A few months ago, we revealed four all-new vehicles that will carry our sales momentum into 2013. Now, at the Detroit show, we showcase how the smart use of accessories and clever design elements enhance the personality of our 500, which becomes the perfect canvas for personalization and self-expression."
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