Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee for the 2013 model year will be getting several aesthetic modifications. For example, the 2012 SRT8 Super Bee was only available in black or yellow. But the 2013 model will be offered with the following options: Hemi Orange pearl coat, Plum Crazy pearl, Bright White, Pitch Black, and TorRed. It appears that the yellow theme isn’t available anymore.
The other modifications to its exterior include the black hood stripes, wrap-around decklid stripe with Super Bee logos, blacked-out grille with vintage Super Bee emblem, and a set of 20-inch wheels with black accents have been carried over for 2013 model year. The mechanicals for the 2013 model were unchanged from the prior model. This means that Chrysler’s 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 still powers it.
Charger SRT8 Super Bees deliver as much as 470 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque while a five-speed automatic distributes this power to the rear wheels. Chrysler hasn’t given an official announcement yet but it’s likely that the standard Charger SRT8’s adjustable Bilstein dampers have been scrapped to reduce costs. Nevertheless, the SRT8′s Nappa leather seating surfaces have been replaced with cloth fabric, together with striping and Super Bee logos.
It’s a lot like the fabric used last year, but it doesn’t have the bold yellow striping. The 2012 Super Bee featured a small, 4.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system but the 2013 car introduced in Chicago comes with a big 8.4-inch unit. It’s not confirmed yet if it will be standard or if it will be an optional extra.
But we do know that the SRT8 Super Bee will be more affordable than a full-bore Charger SRT8. It has a starting price of $42,990, which include $995 in destination costs. In comparison, a 2013 Charger SRT8 has a starting price of $46,990, which means that the Super Bee package allows buyers to save $4000.
When put up against non-SRT models, the 2012 Challenger SRT8 392 is lower by 0.5 inch. Customers have the option to go for the fully forged aluminum 20x9-inch five-spoke wheels or the lightweight forged aluminum 20x9-inch seven-spoke wheels. The latter in particular comes with pockets painted in satin black. Fitted to the wheels are the Goodyear All-Season RSA tires as standard.
However, the brand is making available the Goodyear F1 Supercar Three-Season which is able to complement all of the vehicle’s performance design cues. These same tires are able to offer excellent handling and exceptional gripping performance. Equipped to the Dodge 2012 Challenger SRT8 392 as well is the ADS or adaptive damping suspension system which has been specifically tuned for this model.
When running under “Auto” mode, the different inputs, both driver and on-road, allow the suspension to be tuned immediately to meet the current condition. These inputs include the steering speed, steering angle, throttle position, brake torque, lateral acceleration, and even vertical acceleration. For “Sport” mode, the compression and rebound of the damping system is fixed at a higher damping rate.
With this suspension, it is easy for the driver to control the harshness and shock damping and shift from a daily drive with the “Auto” to a more spirited drive under “Sport.” In addition, the ADS system also allows the Challenger SRT8 392 to have the most nimble handling and turn-in qualities for a SRT model.
As mentioned, under “Sport” mode the ADS offers the highest possible damping rates, ensuring that the driver can push handling to levels never before seen. Its fully-hydraulic performance SRT-tuned steering system has a heavy-duty pump which is mixed in with the damped steering gear. Drivers thus get a more on-center feel and even more direct response.