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.
The Super Bee’s eye-popping performance naturally deserves the same kind of appearance package, and Dodge again delivers with:
• Two striking exterior colors—Stinger Yellow or Pitch Black
• Model-specific “Z-stripe” cloth performance seats, highlighted by yellow and silver striping, silver accent stitching, and embroidered Super Bee front-headrest logos
• Enhanced vehicle software that flashes the Super Bee logo in the Electronic Vehicle Information Center when the driver turns the key
• Satin black hood graphics and black decklid stripes
• Standard decklid spoilers—matte black on the Stinger Yellow car and body color on the Pitch Black Super Bee
• Extensive Super Bee and SRT8 exterior graphics, including a unique 3-D bee mascot on the vehicle’s new split crosshair grille
Only a limited number of 2012 Super Bees are expected to leave the hive, with Dodge opening the order books next month. The cars will then begin arriving in dealerships in the first quarter of 2012.
2012 Charger Added to Automobile Magazine All-Star Team
For those who can’t wait for—or aren’t lucky enough to get their deposits down on—one of these Super Bee ultra high performers, the Dodge Charger family offers a wide range of notable options—along with a place on the prestigious Automobile Magazine All-Star roster. The news of this latest honor came shortly after Dodge announced the Super Bee and was highlighted by Jean Jennings, president and editor-in-chief of Autombile Magazine, saying that: “We were impressed at how much more refined the 2012 Charger is from its previous generation. The interior is sophisticated, the exterior design is striking, and it is thrilling to drive. The Charger definitely earned its place on this very exclusive All-Star list.”
The 2012 Charger was thoroughly revised for the new model year, with a fresh, world-class interior, impressive levels of safety and comfort technology, two new engines—the award-winning Pentastar V6 and available all-new 6.4-liter HEMI—rear- and all-wheel drive, and a class-exclusive, state-of-the-art eight-speed automatic transmission that can help the Charger achieve up to 31 mpg highway.
“We are honored to receive such a prestigious award,” added Reid Bigland, president and CEO of the Dodge brand. “The Automobile Magazine All-Star selection is validation for how we have transformed the Dodge Charger into the no-compromise class leader in driving dynamics and fuel economy.”