Dodge is bringing back its Super Bee package for one more nostalgic round in the hands of the brand’s ever-popular Charger muscle car. The Super Bee designation was first placed on a 1968 Coronet model before it was moved on over to the Charger model in 1971. It then took a long hiatus before it was applied once again, this time on the Charger SRT8 Super Bee model in 2006, 2007, and 2008. And now the Super Bee name will be offered once again for the 2012 model year.
"The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee is a salute to the fun-loving past of Dodge muscle cars powered by the legendary 392 HEMI V-8 in a back-to-basics performance machine," Ralph Gilles, President and CEO - SRT and Motorsports said.
The special Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee is set to make its world debut next week at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.
UPDATE 11/09/2011: This review has been updated to include the official specifications for the 2012 Charger SRT8 Super Bee.
UPDATE 11/14/2011: Chrysler has finally unveiled more images of the 2012 Charger SRT8 Super Bee set to be revealed in just two days in Los Angeles.
Hit the jump to read more about the Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee.
Exterior and Interior
The 2012 Charger SRT8 Super Bee will be offered in either a Stinger Yellow or Pitch Black exterior paint finish combined with a unique SRT badge with a 3-D helmeted bee mascot on the new Gloss Black split cross hair grille. The models painted in Stinger Yellow will be offered with a satin black hood and black decklid stripes with a solid wide center line flanked by solid dual tracer lines. The Pitch Black version will be offered with while charcoal gray graphics on the hood and decklid. Both versions will feature "392 HEMI" badges on the front fenders and "Powered by SR" logos on both rear fenders. The car will sit on a new set of 20 x 9-inch, five-spoke cast-aluminum wheels with black painted pockets.
The new interior for the Super Bee was inspired by the racing models and features the SRT exclusive three-spoke contoured performance steering wheel and exclusive Z-stripe cloth performance seats with amped yellow and silver striping in both the front and rear.
The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee will be powered by the new 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine that delivers a total of 470 HP and 470 lb-ft of toque. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph will be made in just 4 seconds; the quarter mile in the high 12-second range; and the 0-100-0 mph in less than 16 seconds. Top speed goes up to 175 mph.
Stopping power from 60-0 mph will be made in 120 feet with the use of 14.2 inch (front) and 13.8 inch (rear) vented/slotted rotors with four-piston Brembo calipers.
The Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee will be limited to only 2012 units. Customers interested will be able to place their orders at Dodge dealerships in December with the first deliveries beginning in the first quarter of 2012.
The Charger SRT8 Super Bee’s impressive 470 HP output allows it to be easily placed with models such as the Mercedes C63 AMG. There’s a huge difference in price - the Mercedes starts at over $100K, while the more recent Charger SRT8 Super Bees were in the $60K-$70K range - but that’s only because of the Mercedes name. The C63 AMG packs a 6.2L V8 engine producing less than the Charger: 457 HP. If customers add the AMG Performance Package then that figures jumps to 487 HP, but the price tag jumps as well.
So for about $20K-$30K less than the cost of the Mercedes, customers can get a limited edition and powerful Dodge Charger. Of course, you’ll have to be okay with sacrificing luxury and riding around in a yellow car. Decision, decisions.
Very powerful engine
Offers a cheaper alternative to high performance sedans
Super Bee comes in limited edition
-Yellow is not for everyone