Wednesday, 9 November, 2011 3:15 PM
Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee Designed For Core Performance Enthusiasts
by proven 392-cubic inch HEMI V-8 with 470 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft.
credit: PRNewsFoto/Chrysler Group LLC
2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee arrives in U.S. dealer
showrooms in first quarter 2012.
Mich. -- Designed and built for the core performance enthusiast,
the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8? Super Bee makes its public debut at
the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show on Nov. 16.
There is no mistaking the unreserved performance attitude of the
2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee. Available in either Stinger Yellow
or Pitch Black exterior paint with special Super Bee graphics, the
exclusive models reflect a specially designed modern and extroverted
interpretation of the legendary Super Bee performance built for
the enthusiast who enjoys a vehicle with one mission in mind - to
"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.
Bee Content Inside and Out
The race-inspired interior
of the 2012 Charger SRT8 Super Bee features the SRT exclusive three-spoke
contoured performance steering wheel, exclusive Z-stripe cloth performance
seats with amped yellow and silver striping in both the front and
rear as well as silver accent stitching and embroidered Super Bee
logos on each of the front seat headrests.
The instrument panel
also features the Charger Super Bee logo on a unique dash plaque.
Newly modified software
includes the appearance of the Super Bee logo in the center instrument
panel's Electronic Vehicle Information Center at vehicle start up.
On the exterior, the
Charger Super Bee features a unique SRT badge with a 3-D helmeted
bee mascot on the new split crosshair grille finished in Gloss Black.
Satin black hood graphics
mirror the black decklid stripes with a solid wide center line flanked
by solid dual tracer lines on the Stinger Yellow model, while charcoal
gray graphics are used on the hood and decklid of the Pitch Black
model. Standard rear decklid spoilers are matte black on the Stinger
Yellow model or matching body color on the Pitch Black model.
Both front fenders tout
the historically significant V-8 engine with "392 HEMI"
badges first seen on the 2010 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392. Flanking
both rear fenders are the legendary round Super Bee graphics, which
now include the wording "Powered by SRT" to commemorate
the modern incarnation of this celebrated performance icon.
New 20 x 9-inch, five-spoke
cast-aluminum wheels with black painted pockets developed specifically
for the Super Bee models provide a unique performance look.
Available Goodyear F1
Supercar three-season, ultra high performance tires give the Super
Bee tenacious grip on the road or track. Also available are Goodyear
Eagle RS-A 2 all-season tires that make the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8
Super Bee an all-season performance machine.
Braking power for the
Super Bee comes courtesy of SRT engineered Brembo brakes with vented
and slotted rotors with four-piston Brembo calipers painted anodized
A limited number of 2012
Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee units will be built for the U.S. market.
All Dodge Charger models are built at the Brampton Assembly plant
in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.
Both Stinger Yellow and
Pitch Black Super Bee models will be available for ordering in December
at Dodge dealerships nationwide and will be arriving in U.S. dealer
showrooms in the first quarter of 2012.
The 2012 Dodge Charger
Super Bee is powered by the new 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 that delivers
45 more horsepower and 50 more lb.-ft. of torque than the 6.1-liter
HEMI V-8 it replaces - up 11 percent to 470 horsepower (351 kW)
and up 12 percent to 470 (637 Nm) lb.-ft. of torque.
The new for 2012, exclusive
SRT heated steering wheel features available mounted paddle shifters
for hands on the wheel shifting both on road and at the race track.
power from 60-0 mph in 120 feet comes through 14.2 inch (front)
and 13.8 inch (rear) vented/slotted rotors with four-piston Brembo
calipers. Improved brake cooling and fade performance at all four
corners comes courtesy of a new underbody belly pan with integrated
Performance numbers include
0-60 mph acceleration in the high 4-second range; quarter mile in
the high 12-second range; 0-100-0 mph in less than 16 seconds; top
speed of 175 mph and stopping power from 60-0 mph in 120 feet.
Super Bee history
The Dodge Super Bee,
first introduced in 1968 as a member of Dodge's Scat Pack performance
group, brought a high-performance vehicle to the low price class.
Based on the mid-sized
Coronet model, the standard engine for 1968 was the 335 horsepower
version of the 383 cubic-inch V-8 while the legendary 426 HEMI V-8
also was available.
The standard transmission
was a heavy-duty four-speed manual with a Hurst Competition-Plus
floor shifter. The power bulge hood let everyone know this was no
ordinary car. The Super Bee could accelerate to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds
and cover the quarter mile in 15 seconds. Not bad for a car that
you could buy for a little more than $3,000.
In 1969, the radical
440 Six-Pack was added to the Super Bee's list of engine options.
By placing three Holly two-barrel carburetors on top of the 440
Magnum V-8, the Super Bee generated 390 horsepower and 490 lb.-ft.
The Super Bee was switched
to the Charger model for 1971 but continued to offer its impressive
engine line-up, as well as its heavy duty suspension. The Hemi-power
'71 Super Bee could reach 60 mph in 5.7 seconds and ran the quarter
mile in only 13.7 seconds.
In its brief original
four year run, the name Super Bee reached legendary status by giving
the customer an ultra-high performance vehicle that they could drive
to work during the week, yet take to the track on the weekend and
outperform the competition.
For the 2007 model year,
Dodge and SRT revived the Super Bee nameplate with the limited-edition
Dodge Charger SRT8. It featured "Detonator Yellow" exterior
color with black hood and deck-lid face, unique "hockey stick"
stripes on the rear fenders, Super Bee logos on front and rear fenders,
and contrasting yellow stitching on the seats, steering wheel and
shift knob. The wheels were fully polished versus the stock SRT8
Charger which featured wheels with silver painted areas.
Powered by the 6.1-liter
HEMI? V-8 producing 425 hp and 420 lb.-ft. of torque, the 2007 Dodge
Charger SRT8 Super Bee was the first special edition Charger from
SRT. Only 1,000 units were built for the 2007 model year.
The 2008 Charger SRT8
Super Bee package featured a B5 Blue Pearl Coat exterior reminiscent
of the blue used by Chrysler vehicles in the 1960s and 1970s. Instead
of fully polished SRT8 Charger wheels, the "pockets" were
painted black. Blue accent stitching inside replaced the yellow
found on the seats and steering wheel from the previous model year.
Only 1,000 units of the Charger SRT8 Super Bee were built in 2008.
In 2009, the Super Bee
package featured Hemi Orange Pearl Coat paint with decals on the
hood and rear quarter fenders; new Super Bee wheels with black anodized
pockets with silver Brembo brake calipers. On the inside were orange
accented seats and a serialized dash plaque. Only 425 units of the
Super Bee were built in 2009.
SRT Track Experience
Owners of any Chrysler
Group SRT vehicle receive one day of professional driving instruction
from the SRT Track Experience, designed to maximize their driving
knowledge and skills on the street or track. Sessions are held throughout
the year at selected tracks.