[ Chrysler Group LLC press release ]
2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee Designed for Core Performance
- Newest Charger SRT8 offers modern SRT performance in limited-edition,
- Available in Stinger Yellow or Pitch Black with exclusive interior and
- Powered by proven 392-cubic inch HEMI V-8 with 470 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft.
- Arrives in U.S. dealer showrooms in first quarter 2012
November 9, 2011, Auburn Hills, Mich. - 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 on Nov. 16.
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
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
Newly modified software includes the appearance of the Super Bee logo in the
center instrument panel's Electronic Vehicle Information Center at vehicle
On the exterior, the 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
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
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.
SRT Track Experience
Owners of any Chrysler Group SRT vehicle receive one day of professional
driving instruction from the SRT Track Experience, designed to maximize their
driving knowledge and skills on the street or track. Sessions are held
throughout the year at selected tracks.
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