2011 LA Auto Show: 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee officially introduced

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 17, 2011

The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee, which was developed for the core performance fans, was launched at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. The model's exterior paint comes in either Pitch Black or Stinger Yellow with special Super Bee graphics. It reflects a specially designed extroverted and modern interpretation of the renowned Super Bee performance developed for those who love a fast ride.

Ralph Gilles, President and CEO for SRT and Motorsports, commented that the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee is "a salute to the fun-loving past" of the company's muscle vehicles powered by the famous 392 HEMI V-8 in a back-to-basics performance machine.

Inside, the vehicle has a race-inspired design, featuring the SRT exclusive three-spoke contoured performance steering wheel, silver accent stitching and embroidered Super Bee logos the front seat headrests, and exclusive Z-stripe cloth performance seats with amped silver and yellow striping in the front and back.

Moreover, the instrument panel showcases the Charger Super Bee logo on a unique dash plaque. Newly customized software includes the look of the Super Bee logo in the center instrument panel’s Electronic Vehicle Information Center at vehicle start up. Externally, the Charger Super Bee reveals a unique SRT badge on the new split crosshair grille in Gloss Black finish.

The badge has a 3-D helmeted bee mascot. In addition, satin black hood graphics reflect the black decklid stripes with a solid wide center line bordered by solid dual tracer lines on the Stinger Yellow model. On the other hand, the Pitch Black model features charcoal gray graphics on the decklid and hood. Standard decklid spoilers on the back are matte black on the Stinger Yellow model, while a matching body color is on the Pitch Black model.

Powertrain

The impressive engine of the 2012 Dodge Charger Super Bee can spew up an extra 45hp and as much as 50 lb.ft. of torque than the previous engine. Since the former model is equipped with only 6.1L HEMI V8, that makes Super Bee’s new 6.4L V8 HEMI far better by 11% (351kW) and 12% more powerful (637Nm) than ever. It isn’t at all surprising that the new “Charger” can perform 175 mph at top speed or 0-100-0mph in just 16 seconds.

In fact, the new Dodge can take charge of the wheels from 0-60 in less than 4 seconds or run the quarter mile in as short as 12 seconds. New features include SRT’s heated steering wheel with paddle shifters and Brembo’s four-piston calipers with vented slots for outstanding performance be it on the racetrack or on the road.

On the other hand, the Dodge Charger Super Bee’s brake ducts and underbelly pan provide superior fade performance and brake cooling. These powerful brakes let the vehicle stop from 60-0mph in just 120ft. Of course this also comes with the help of the 13.8-inch brake calipers at the rear end and 14.2-inch at the front.

It was in 1968 when Dodge presented the Super Bee among the brand’s high performance line-ups. The new member of the “Scat Pack” as they call it was the first of its kind to come at an affordable price. During that time, you could get your own Super Bee for as low as 3,000USD. Considering the impressive 0-60mph acceleration in 6.8 seconds, the car is truly worth every penny. And by the way, this powerful beast can also run the quarter mile in less than 15 seconds. Who could ask for more?

Not known to all, the 1968 Super Bee is built with the same engine as the Dodge Coronet during that same year. The fabulous Super Bee is even equipped with the heavy duty Hurst Competition-Plus floor shifter within its 4-speed manual transmission. Though they also have the 426hp HEMI V8 available back then, the two midsize cars are equipped with the same standard 335hp or what we consider as the 383cu.in V8 engine today.

Press Release

Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee

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.

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 go fast.

"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.

Exclusive Super 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 Dodge 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 black.

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.

SRT's legendary performance

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 N•m) 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

World-class stopping 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 brake ducting.

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.of torque.

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.

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