On January 31, 2012, at its engineering lab in Center Line, Mopar revealed four custom vehicles:
The Mopar ’12 300 will be available this summer, while components of the Fiat 500, Jeep Compass, and Dodge Dart cars will be available in the fall as kits or á la carte from the Mopar catalog. They will also be shown in Chicago from February 10-19. Mopar, a contraction of the words MOtor and PARts, was trademarked in 1937 [Mopar history].
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.
The Fiat 500 Stinger uses Giallo (yellow) paint and blackened exterior and interior appointments. Stage 1 is styling, finishing the fascia, headlamps, door handles, and mirror caps in black chrome, with 17x7 black wheels and 205/40R17 tires. It also has tinted headlights, taillamps, and license-plate brow, with Mopar’s vinyl bodyside and roof graphics in black checker.
The interior uses Katzkin leather seats, with Alcantara seat centers sandwiched by Giallo and black leather bolsters and Giallo accent stitching. A Mopar carbon-fiber instrument panel decal and black shifter ball finish the package.
Track-tested performance upgrade, stage 2, are Mopar’s cold-air intake and free-flowing cat-back exhaust, and performance brakes with cross-drilled rotors.
The Mopar Jeep Compass “True North” starts with the Trail Rated version of the Compass, and adds a black matte finish to the roof, as well as wheel flares, lower fascia, door cladding, and black grille with body color inserts. The Compass also has black-headlamp and fog-lamp surrounds, rear fog lights, custom front and rear brush bars, and custom rock rails, with a two inch lift kit from Rocky Road Suspensions and matte black 16-inch alloy wheels with BF Goodrich All Terrain tires.
The entire audio system, including amplifier, sub-woofer, and lift gate speakers, is from Kicker. A custom center stack gauge pod houses pitch and roll inclinometer gauges. Other features are a Mopar bright pedal kit, door-sill guards, rear-cargo tray, shift knob, and neoprene seats.
Also see the Mopar ’12 300 and Dodge Dart “GTS 210 Tribute.”
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