2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee - 2011 LA Auto Show

By KBB.com Editors on November 14, 2011 7:55 AM

Resurrecting a legendary performance name that had been dormant since 2009, the new 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee has its sights set on writing its own distinguished chapter in a storied history that began back in 1968. This highest-profile version of Dodge's Hemi-powered four-door fastback arrived in Los Angeles as a limited-edition offering available in either Stinger Yellow or Pitch Black. As in the past, this current-gen iteration also boasts a dedicated graphics package along with functional and cosmetic upgrades -- including the classic Super Bee stripes and logos along with a rear decklid spoiler.

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Like the basic 2012 Charger SRT8, this new Super Bee gets its considerable sting from an upsized 6.4-liter Hemi V8 that cranks out 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque - up from the 425/420 figures of the 6.1-liter used in 2011. In addition to extra muscle, the changeover brings a new active valve exhaust system that lets the standard cylinder-deactivating Fuel Saver Technology function over an even wider a wider rev range. Beyond stepping up power and efficiency, it adds a more aggressive exhaust note during hard acceleration. Mated to the standard five-speed automatic transmission, it can send this higher-profile Charger from 0-60 mph in less than five seconds. Also in the Super Bee's hive are a full SRT suspension and primo Brembo brakes as well as unique 20-inch cast-alloy wheels that can be wrapped in available Goodyear Eagle RS-A 2 all-season tires or ultra-performance Goodyear F1 Supercar rubber.

Inside the cabin of this ultra SRT8 variant, the Super Bee motif takes the form of performance buckets covered in exclusive Z-stripe cloth with yellow and silver striping set off by silver accent stitching. A Super Bee logo is embroidered on each front headrest and also appears a special dash plaque as well as on the car's Electronic Vehicle Information Center at start up.

Dodge will only build a maximum of 1,000 of these 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee models, 500 of each color. Dealers will begin taking orders for the cars next month and deliveries are slated to begin during the first quarter of 2012.

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