Auto Show: 2012 Chicago Auto Show
FIAT 500 Stinger: Chicago Auto Show
- FIAT revealed the bright yellow 500 Stinger in Chicago.
- The hatchback was created by aftermarket division Mopar.
- FIAT has not yet announced pricing for the unique 500.
A special edition of the compact FIAT 500 is one of several Chrysler vehicles revealed at the Mopar display during this year's Chicago Auto Show. Officially dubbed the FIAT 500 Stinger, the bright yellow hatchback was dreamed up by the automaker and Mopar, Chrysler's aftermarket parts division.
On the outside, it's immediately obvious the 500 Stinger is a special edition due to its bright yellow paint job and unique black stripes. But exterior modifications don't end there, with Mopar adding a checkered flag pattern to the 500's roof along with sporty rocker panels, new side moldings and black-painted 17-inch wheels borrowed from the high-performance 500 Abarth. The 500 Stinger also features several exterior accessories finished in black, including its nose trim, headlight projectors and mirror housings.
Inside, the 500 includes customized Katzkin leather upholstery that features Alcantara seat inserts and yellow accent stitching. Other modifications include carbon fiber trim on the hatchback's dashboard and a sporty new shift kit.
Under the hood, the 500 Stinger packs some extra power to justify its sporty appearance. According to Mopar, the special edition 500 features a new cold air intake and an upgraded exhaust, which add some grunt to the standard 101-horsepower 1.4-liter four-cylinder powerplant. The 500 Stinger also includes upgraded brakes, which include cross-drilled rotors to improve ventilation.
According to FIAT, everything offered on the 500 Stinger is available through the automaker's Mopar accessories division, though the brand says dealers will also have the option to add the aftermarket parts and sell the unique model in one package. Similar packages are shown on other Chrysler vehicles making their debut in Chicago, including the blacked out Mopar Chrysler 300, the sporty Dodge Dart GTS 210 Tribute and the off-road ready Jeep Compass True North.
"Customization is king," said Pietro Gorlier, Mopar's president and chief executive. "These vehicles show how we can go to the next level of personalization, and give our customers every opportunity to further enhance the appearance and performance of their vehicles."
Mopar has not yet announced pricing for the FIAT 500 Stinger, or the cost of converting a standard model into "Stinger" trim through the use of its aftermarket options. The parts firm says the accessories will be available to order through dealers this fall.
What it means to you: Current FIAT owners who like the looks of the 500 Stinger might be wise to buy some of the parts and convert their cars, little by little, to "Stinger" specs.