Close Up: FIAT® 500 Abarth Tenebra Concept

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It’s Groundhog Day, and we’ve done our bit for future early springs by making sure no creature can see its shadow in the FIAT® 500 Abarth concept known as Tenebra – “darkness” in Italian.

FIAT 500 Tenebra

The Tenebra debuted at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show last month. Our take on one of the hottest trends in automotive design, the Tenebra eschews the vibrant coats typically associated with the Abarth in favor of a matte Grigio (grey).

In the Tenebra’s matte finish, the Abarth’s signature lines are striking. Carefully considered details add subtle shine, including Nero (black) chrome trim and Gloss Nero exterior light bezels, Abarth body-side stripe and mirror caps.

Exterior flair rounds out with new 16” Hyper-Black wheels and a roof-size scorpion decal that must be seen to be truly appreciated.

FIAT 500 Tenebra (rear)

Tenebra Hood

FIAT 500 Tenebra (dash)

The matte treatment continues inside, enhancing a carbon fiber instrument panel and a carbon fiber shift knob and parking brake. Grigio-trimmed Nero leather covers a flat-bottomed steering wheel and racing-inspired seats.

Of course, no Abarth’s beauty lies purely above the surface. Pop the Tenebra’s hood and you’ll find the signature turbocharged 1.4L MultiAir engine ready to drive a track-ready chassis with 160 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque.

Stay tuned for details on when you or your favorite woodland creature might see the Tenebra prowling a street near you.

  • Fiat needs to bring back a modernized X/19…The funnest small car to drive I’ve ever owned. I own three. To say I like Fiats is an understatement.

  • Katarina

    I want Abarth Tenebra in matte espresso with cabrio roof, and of course, all the scorpions. Hopefully, It’ll be on the market in two years and by the time the lease on my current 500 expires. Please, please, make me one!

  • I really am in love with my 2013 steel gray Abarth and I like the red —– Probably the Only thing that could turn my head from it is a new model based on the 124 Spyder —– of course it should be Abarth appointed —- You couldn’t produce enough of them to keep up with demand —- come on guys!

  • I want this car exactly how it is. When can we get our hands on this Tenebra?!? This version is the deciding factor in getting a 500 Abarth!

  • Looks great! Just needs a 6speed and about 20 more HP.

    • aroe831

      Install the Magneti Marelli engine control unit from the Venom concept like I did, and you’ll get about 35-40 extra HP. The ECU runs for $800.

  • The Abarth Cabrio is at the top of my list. What a hottie!!!!

  • Carlos Vallr

    The Tenebra should have RED leather interior. my Abarth is red with black interior and I ‘ve received many compliments on the sportiness of the combination of colors. … just my opinion on aesthetics. VRROOOM

  • ACinVT

    Red leather accents in the interior would liven things up. And you’ve got to offer a cabriolet for people like me who wouldn’t have it any other way!

  • bubblicious

    LOVE the Tenebra wheels.

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