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First Look: Chrysler’s SEMA Cruisers

From an SRT Challenger to the Mopar Fiat 500.

by on Oct.25, 2010

Could there be an "extreme" version of the little Fiat 500 coming?

With the frost on the pumpkin and the dead getting ready to rise for an evening of trick-or-treating, it must be time for the annual SEMA convention, in Las Vegas.

And this year, Chrysler is hoping to scare the competition – and win some fans – with an assortment of concepts and production models that run the gamut of the maker’s updated line-up.  That covers everything from the 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Inaugural Edition to Mopar’s take on what a high-performance Fiat 500 might look like.

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The idea of a bulked-up Cinquecento might seem surprising to Americans, though Fiat’s affiliate, Abarth, has long shown what you can do with the little 4-seater.  And now, Mopar is taking a crack at it.  The Fiat 500 going on display at the Las Vegas Convention Center will feature flared fenders, a front air dam, a lower sill, modified rear exhaust and 18-inch Alcoa alloy wheels.