2013 Chicago Auto Show: Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee gets some updates

Article by Christian A., on February 8, 2013

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.

Press Release

2013 Challenger SRT8

On the exterior, the new 2013 Challenger SRT8 "Core" model features a black grille and black SRT rear spoiler, unique black 392 decal on the front fenders, 20-inch cast-aluminum wheels with black painted pockets and black Brembo brake calipers.

New exterior colors for the Challenger SRT8 "Core" lineup include HEMI® Orange Pearl Coat and Plum Crazy Pearl Coat, in addition to the existing color options, which include Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Pearl Coat, Jazz Blue Pearl Coat, Pitch Black and TorRed Clear Coat.

Phantom Black Tri-coat Pearl and Redline Tri-coat Pearl are exclusive to the 2013 Challenger SRT8 392 models.

On the inside of the new "Core" model, seating surfaces use the same premium "Ballistic" cloth inserts from the SRT Viper and are flanked by dark slate gray "Axel" cloth bolsters and door bolster inserts and feature a mini-carbon bezel instrument panel.

All 2013 Challenger SRT8 models are powered by the proven 392-cubic inch (6.4-liter) HEMI V-8 that delivers 470 horsepower (351 kW) and 470 lb.-ft. (637 N•m) of torque. The torque band is extremely flat allowing for strong standing starts and improved straight-line performance throughout the rpm range.

An advanced active intake manifold along with high-lift cam with phasing provides maximum low-end torque and high-end power while still delivering 23 miles per gallon on the highway with the standard manual transmission or available automatic transmission. Performance-tuned engine mounts improve idle stability and ride control at all speeds.

All 2013 Challenger SRT8 models accelerate from 0-60 mph in the high 4-second range; run the quarter mile in mid-12-second range with the automatic transmission (high 12-second range with the manual); go from 0-100-0 mph in the low 15s, reach a top speed of 182 mph with the manual transmission (175 mph with the automatic) and stop from 60-0 mph in just 117 feet.

The starting U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the new 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 "Core" model is $38,995 (plus $995 destination).

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