Now that Fiat is officially tied at the hip with Chrysler, it's no surprise to see the Pentastar's aftermarket division take to the diminutive 500 like a honeybee to clovers (sorry). Which explains the 2012 Fiat 500 Stinger, the first Mopar-fettled Fiat ever created.

The Stinger moniker seems to come from the machine's black and yellow paint scheme, which includes a somewhat homely set of bodyside decals and a checkerboard-patterned roof. Headlights, grille inserts, wheels and all other trim all get the black-out treatment.

Mopar-branded intake and cat-back exhaust kits are said to bump power from the 1.4-liter MultiAir engine, though the company isn't being specific when it comes to power figures. In any case, we pointed our camera lenses at the 500 Stinger, and you can see the results in our high-res gallery above.
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2012 Fiat 500 'Stinger'

Building on the Fiat 500's "Hottest Sports Compact Car" award by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) this past November, the new Fiat 500 "Stinger" integrates two Mopar stage kits that deliver bold styling appointments and select high-performance parts from the Mopar catalog.

Adding even more style to the new 2012 Fiat 500 Sport, the Fiat 500 Stinger features Giallo (yellow) exterior paint combined with unique blackened exterior and interior appointments – all designed to amplify the hatchback's athletic Italian styling.

Stage 1: athletic and purposeful styling enhancements
For a more aggressive appearance, the Fiat 500 Stinger's signature "whiskers and logo" face and circular projector headlamps are finished in Black Chrome. Accenting the Giallo bodyside are exterior door handles and mirror caps finished in Black Chrome, while larger 17-inch by 7-inch Abarth Hyper Black aluminum wheels with wider 205/40 R 17 performance tires provide the hatchback with a menacing stance below. Tinted head and taillamps and license-plate brow, and Mopar's vinyl bodyside and roof graphics in black checker add to the Fiat 500 Stinger's serious look.

The interior of the Fiat 500 Stinger continues the duality of Giallo and black with Mopar's Katzkin leather seats. Based on the Fiat 500 Sport's athletic-styled seats, the 500 Stinger's seats feature Alcantara seat centers sandwiched by smooth and Giallo black leather bolsters and Giallo accent stitching. Below, a Mopar carbon-fiber instrument panel decal provides this Cinquecento's interior with a technical appearance. A Mopar shifter ball is finished in Gloss Black completes the appearance.

Stage 2: track-tested performance upgrades
Delivering factory-designed performance, Mopar's new Stage 2 kit ensures that the Fiat 500 Stinger delivers improved power and braking capabilities to match its aggressive styling upgrades.

Mopar's cold-air intake and free-flowing cat-back exhaust enable the Fiat 500 Stinger's fuel-efficient 1.4-liter 16-valve MultiAir™ engine to deliver even more power and torque.

And to make sure this Cinquecento delivers track-ready brake performance, the Fiat 500 Stinger features performance brakes with cross-drilled rotors for additional surface-heat dissipation.


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      ThomasP
      • 2 Years Ago
      I approve of these chrome-less cars.
      rcavaretti
      • 2 Years Ago
      No need for any Mopar-modded 500. They have Abarth for that, with a clear lineage.
      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      First ever?! I thought they showed a bunch of 500's with Mopar branded stuff all over them at SEMA last year? Like there: http://500blog.blogspot.com/2011/11/new-fiat-500-carbon-by-mopar-2011-sema.html As I recall, most people were feeling the MOPAR brand had no place on a Fiat, my personal feeling as well....
        Thomas D Hilton III
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        Mopar is now a GLOBAL Company meaning they will have Aftermarket Assessories and Performances parts for just about every Fiat/Chrysler cars (execpt Ferarri Maserati, and alfa), they will even SERVICE the cars.
          aatbloke1967
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Thomas D Hilton III
          Mopar isn't a company. It's simply a brand name owned by Chrysler Corp to signify its parts division.
          k9182
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Thomas D Hilton III
          Mopar will only handle Fiats in North America. It doesn't exist in Europe, which is where most Fiats, Lancias and Alfas are sold.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
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      buckhorn
      • 2 Years Ago
      Want it!!
      • 2 Years Ago
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        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 2 Years Ago
        Okay, we get!! Fiat is an acronym for "Fix It Again Tony". Time to move on because the joke is almost as long in the tooth as the old Ford jokes.
      Mdriftda
      • 2 Years Ago
      the only thing that stings is ownership.
      MotionDesigner
      • 2 Years Ago
      Picachu had sex with a taxi.
        Dayv
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MotionDesigner
        Yes, but for some reason I like it anyway.
      stevenh
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mini or VW new Beetle it ain't, there is no love affair or kind memories of the 500 in North America that perpetuates sales. My guess it that it will bow out in 2 years and will be only a postscript in Chrysler history along with other euro brands they tried to sell here such as Peugeot, Simca, Sunbeam, Humber
        aatbloke1967
        • 2 Years Ago
        @stevenh
        Absolute bollocks. There are plenty of old Fiat aficiondos in the States who remember the old 500 and 500/600 Jolly in the 60's. The old Mini was only marketed in the US until 1968, but continued in Canada for some years after.
          rcavaretti
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Lungstang, You're not much of an automobile historian if you've never heard of the 500. It's what got the middle class motoring again after the WW2 in Italy.
          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          I don't know about that. As a 28 year old, I first heard of the 500 prior to its release here. Before that, the only Fiat I was familiar with was the Spider, the old two seater from the 70s and 80s. Speaking of which, I wish they would revive the Spider, to compete with the Mazda Miata/MX-5.
          aatbloke1967
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          "Arrogent much? Good lord!!" Learn to spell "arrogant" for a kick-off. Secondly, your "not knowing about that" was the most arrogant assumption in the entire thread. "So I now I am "naive", or "not much of a car historian" because I am not too familiar with the history of the Fiat 500?" Yes, I would say so by your own admission. You can't have it both ways; you only doubt that the Fiat 500 has much of an interest in the States by virtue of its own heritage because you freely admit you don't follow European cars. So your earlier response to me that "you don't know about that" is both naive and arrogant. "GArrogent much? Good lord!! So I now I am "naive", or "not much of a car historian" because I am not too familiar with the history of the Fiat 500? "Get a grip people. I don't happen to follow European cars that closely" Then you might want to re-think your comments. "... especially ones that don't have much of a history in the US." Perhaps not, but it has as much history as the original Mini in the States, and that was the point I was making. Furthermore, just because you don't have much of an interest does NOT mean to say that no Americans do. Now THAT's arrogance.
          aatbloke1967
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          "I don't know about that. As a 28 year old, I first heard of the 500 prior to its release here." Look up various Fiat clubs in the US. I know several members. Jim McGill, a friend of mine in Northern Ireland is well-known for bringing various Fiats to US meetings and conventions; a friend of his in PA - who owns some 40 old Fiats - was the first buyer of the new 500 in the US. With all due respect, I'd say that you're probably a) too young and/or b) too naive about the automotive world at large if you'd never heard of the Cinquecento until the latest model arrived Stateside.
          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          I am speaking in a broad sense, not the behalf of some hardcore enthusiast and connoisseur of Fiats and other European marques. Now, I am not denying that the 500 has a following here. I am just saying that it doesn't in the broad sense that VW and the Beetle enjoys. I agree with that aspect of stevenh post. On the other hand, I agree that the Mini Cooper was once in the same boat, but has become somewhat popular here since BMW brought the marque back to our shores in the early 2000s. With that said, I would not be so quick to say that the 500 will be one and done in 2 years, as stevenh says. I still feel, however, that Fiat should consider brining back the Spider. For me, and I suspect many others in the US market, that little roadster is what comes to mind when one mentions Fiat. I also think reintroducing the old sports car would go further in appealing to males than the 500 does.
      LUSTSTANG S-197
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like a taxi cab.
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      imtoomuch1
      • 2 Years Ago
      WTF... It's a taxi cab from the land of the munchkins!
      Jaclock LaGlock
      • 2 Years Ago
      Look Out Dodge Super Bee! /Sarcasm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jaclock LaGlock
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