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The Mopar designed Fiat 500 Stinger arrives

The fourth vehicle to make its debut at yesterday’s 75th anniversary of the Mopar brand was the new Fiat 500 Stinger - a model designed to bridge the gap between the standard Fiat 500 Sport and the upcoming Fiat 500 Abarth high performance models.

The Fiat 500 Stinger features a pair of Mopar packages added in two stages added to the standard production Fiat 500 Sport. Stage 1 focuses on the interior and exterior appearance of the sporty Italian compact while the Stage 2 kit turns to the performance capabilities of the new 500. As you can see in the gallery on the right, the Fiat 500 Stinger also includes a Giallo (yellow) paint scheme with black accents all around inside and out.

The Mopar Stage 1 kit featured on the Fiat 500 Stinger begins up front where the “whiskers” extending above the radiator air opening and the circular Fiat badge are both finished in Black Chrome. Mopar next added a set of projection style headlights with dark smoked lenses and Black Chrome inner bezels. Along the side, joining the 500 Stinger body stripe are a set of Black Chrome door handles and side mirror caps while 17” Abarth Hyper Black aluminum wheels wrapped in high performance tires add to the sporty look while also adding performance capabilities. Out back, there is more Black Chrome on the license plate carrier while the taillights get a similar dark smoked finish as the headlights. The package is finished off by the black “Stinger” logo on the right side of the hatch while the Mopar Design logo takes its place on the left side.

Inside, the Fiat 500 Stinger Stage 1 includes black and Giallo Mopar/Katzkin leather seats. These 500 Sport-based seats feature high end Alcantara seat centers with yellow leather bolsters and stitching. Mopar then adds a carbon fiber instrument panel trim piece and a Mopar shift ball completes the sportier look of the Stinger’s interior.

Those who want more punch from their Fiat 500 Stinger can opt for the Mopar Stage 2 kit that begins by adding a high flow cat-back exhaust system and a Mopar cold air intake to the 1.4L MultiAir 4-cylinder. Mopar has not offered an estimate on how much of a difference these performance modifications make but the company states that it increases the horsepower and torque output from the sporty little 500. Finally, the Mopar Stage 2 Fiat 500 kit adds cross drilled rotors and high performance brake pads for improved braking performance and more durability for those who want to put their Fiat 500 through the rigors of a road course.

Mopar has not offered production information or a price estimate for the Stinger package – or the Mopar Stage 1 and Stage 2 kits – but based on the improved performance and appearance of the sporty Fiat 500, this is a package that could resonate well with younger Fiat owners who want more out of their car but cannot foot the bill for the Fiat 500 Abarth.

Check out the gallery on the right by clicking any of the thumbnails for a closer look at the new Mopar Design Fiat 500 Stinger.

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