The Flight of the (Dodge Charger SRT8) Super Bee
Originally introduced during the muscle-car heyday of the late 1960s, the Dodge “Super Bee” cars—based on the Dodge Coronet and Dodge Charger—were specifically designed for drivers who wanted the ultimate in raw power, but without being stung by high MSRPs. Now, because that’s a formula that still resonates with drivers today, the Dodge Boys are set to introduce the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee at next week’s Los Angeles Auto Show.
“The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee is a salute to the fun-loving past of Dodge muscle cars,” according to Ralph Gilles—who heads up the Chrysler Group’s SRT8 brand and motorsports efforts—but in a modern package that’s “powered by the legendary 392 HEMI V8 in a back-to-basics performance machine.”
The starting point for the new Super Bee is that aforementioned HEMI, which is a honey of an engine that delivers 470 hp and 470 lb.-ft. of torque, as well as a top speed of 175 mph. The car also has the ability to run from 0-60 in the high 4-second range and buzz through the quarter mile in the high 12’s. Greatly assisting the process: A standard five-speed Auto Stick transmission that enables manual shift control via either the gearshift or standard, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Alternatively, drivers can enjoy two distinct automatic-shifting modes for both “Normal” and “Sport” driving.
Yet right in line with the SRT brand’s dedication to superior braking, the car’s big Brembo stoppers help it go from 0-100-0 in under 12 seconds and from 60-0 in a mere 120 feet. That’s courtesy of unique SRT engineering and vented/slotted rotors—14.2 inches at the front and 13.8 at the rear—along with four-piston calipers and a new underbody belly pan with integrated brake ducting—which also helps improve brake cooling and reduce fading.
The package rides on 20-inch five-spoke cast-aluminum wheels that are accented by black-painted pockets and specifically developed for the Super Bee. Drivers can then choose between three-season Goodyear F1 Supercar tires for race-ready levels of grip or the same tire-maker’s Eagle RS-A 2 all-season rubber.