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.
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.