For many, the name “Super Bee” conjures up images of burnt rubber, drag strips and the ferocious rumble heard at every stoplight. The legend of the Super Bee is alive and well with the introduction of the all-new 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee, which packs a remarkable amount of eye-catching style, superior handling and braking and, of course, a radial-roasting HEMI V8.
Available in either Stinger Yellow or Pitch Black exterior paint, with custom “Super Bee” graphics, a “392 HEMI” badge and a rear decklid spoiler, the menacing look of this Dodge Charger seems to communicate one message – “Get out of my way.” Once out of the way, all people will see is the unique and stylish LED taillamp that runs all the way around the back of the Charger SRT8 Super Bee.
Just like the original Super Bee of the 1960s, the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee (MSRP $41,495) can put you in the nether regions of your seat. Its blistering 4.4-second zero-to-60 acceleration (according to Motor Trend) and a quarter-mile run in the high 12-second range are thanks to an all-new 6.4-liter HEMI V8 that produces a ferocious 470 hp and 470 lb/ft of torque through a five-speed automatic transmission. Quite unlike the Super Bee of the 1960s, however, this Super Bee gets up to 23 mpg highway.
The 2012 Charger SRT8 Super Bee brakes and steers with athleticism not commonly found in a four-door muscle car. The Super Bee can come to a halt from 60 mph in a mere 120 feet thanks to 14.2-inch front and 13.8-inch rear vented and slotted rotors, and four-piston Brembo brake calipers designed exclusively for the Super Bee.
The suspension on the 2012 Charger SRT8 Super Bee was specially tuned by SRT engineers to provide an optimal balance of tight, responsive handling for the track while still being compliant and comfortable for the everyday commute. Bilstein shocks are found on all four corners and higher spring rates give the Super Bee added athleticism. To mount to brand-new, custom-designed 20-inch five-spoke cast aluminum wheels, buyers can choose between Goodyear F1 Supercar ultra high-performance tires, for catlike grip and agility, or Goodyear Eagle RS-A 2 all-season tires for optimal balance all-conditions driving.
Unlike the sparse and severe interiors of old muscle cars, the 2012 Charger SRT8 Super Bee offers an ideal balance of sport and luxury. The well-bolstered, Z-stripe cloth performance seats feature custom embroidered “Super Bee” logos, and the driver will especially appreciate the exclusive, racing-inspired, three-spoke contoured steering wheel with available paddle-mounted shifters.
Custom Super Bee electronics enhancements can even be found – a modified software system displays the “Super Bee” logo in the center instrument panel Electronic Vehicle Information Center every time you fire up the fierce HEMI V8.
In the tradition of the original Super Bee, the 2012 Super Bee does away with extra luxury features to keep the price affordable and weight to a minimum, adding to its appeal among muscle car purists. Although it still offers features like iPod stereo integration and Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, advanced luxury features like heated and cooled seats, navigation and leather upholstery are reserved for the more luxury-oriented Dodge Charger SRT8.
The Super Bee appeals to a special person who wants all the raw, unadulterated power of a classic muscle car with the modern handling, safety and comfort of a well-tuned four-door sedan. As a bonus, because the Super Bee is an SRT model Dodge, all owners receive a one-day professional driving instruction course from SRT Track Experience, available at a host of tracks across the United States.
If you’re looking for the ultimate blend of legendary, eye-catching muscle car and comfortable, five-passenger everyday driver, the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee is a must-see. Because of its limited production, it’s bound to sell fast, so stop in today and get behind the wheel of this muscle car icon before they’re all gone.