Latest Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee Debuting at LA Auto Show

By Trevor Dorchies | November 09, 2011
First introduced back in 1968 the Dodge Super Bee represented all things Americana, serving up speed in bunches for an affordable price. A 335-horsepower V-8 engine powered the original Super Bee with a 426 Hemi V-8 as an alternative mill. Fast-forward 44 years and meet the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee. The latest Super Bee, with its 470-horsepower Hemi V-8 engine, debuts at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show next week. There is no mistaking the Super Bee when you see it rolling down the road. Since its reintroduction to Dodge's lineup in 2007 it has been dressed in colors such as "Detonator Yellow," "Blue Pearl," and the even-more memorable "Orange Pearl." The latest Super Bee comes in your choice of "Stinger Yellow" or a more subtle "Pitch Black" but either way this racer turned everyday-commuter can't help but turn heads. There's no mistaking that the Super Bee is tailor-made for enthusiasts who enjoy giving white-knuckle rides to their friends, but still need an everyday vehicle. The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee's styling has the enthusiast in mind, paying homage to its roots. Inside, a three-spoke performance steering wheel, Z-stripe cloth seats with yellow and silver stripes and silver accented stitching, and Super Bee decals are all present inside the cabin. A Super Bee logo can also be seen on the instrument panel and the vehicle's information center upon start-up. Exterior styling cues include hood graphics, decklid stripes, and a rear decklid spoiler. The colors of each vary depending on the exterior color selected. A "392 Hemi" logo can be seen on both front fenders honoring the engine bearing the same name originally used in vehicles like the New Yorker, 300C and D, and Imperial in the late 1950's. An SRT badge with the Bee mascot wearing a helmet can also be seen wedged in the front grille. The Super Bee rolls along on 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and can be wrapped in your choice of a three-season high performance tire or an all-season tire. Brembo brakes lurk underneath the wheels and can halt the Bee's flight quickly. The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee will only be available in limited quantities with orders being accepted at local Dodge dealerships beginning in December. The Super Bee is expected to show up at dealerships early on in 2012. Source: Dodge