- Two new Dodge performance cars, the 2012 Charger SRT8 Super Bee and the 2012 Challenger SRT8 Yellow Jacket, will be introduced next week at the Los Angeles auto show.
- Both cars are powered by the new 6.4-liter Hemi V8, which makes 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque.
- The Charger Super Bee and the Challenger Yellow Jacket will be available for order in December, with deliveries in the spring.
LOS ANGELES — Dodge is going back to the well once more, reviving the Super Bee name on a special edition of the 2012 Charger SRT8. For good measure, it is adding a new Yellow Jacket edition of the 2012 Challenger SRT8. Both models will be formally introduced next week at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The limited-edition cars will be available for order from Dodge dealers in December, with deliveries to begin next spring. Both cars are being assembled at Chrysler's Brampton, Ontario plant.
Powering the 2012 Charger Super Bee and the 2012 Challenger Yellow Jacket is the automaker's largest, most potent Hemi V8, a new 6.4-liter unit rated at 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. Mated to a standard five-speed automatic transmission in the Charger and a choice of five-speed automatic or six-speed manual in the Challenger, the engine enables 0-60 acceleration in less than 5.0 seconds. Top speed is 175 mph with the automatic (182 mph in the manual-equipped Challenger).
The two cars share a number of features, notably new 20-inch five-spoke cast-aluminum wheels with black painted pockets, Brembo brakes with painted calipers and an SRT three-spoke performance steering wheel with paddle shifters (with automatic transmission only).
The Charger Super Bee is offered with a choice of Stinger Yellow or Pitch Black paint with exterior graphics, while the Challenger Yellow Jacket comes only in Stinger Yellow, with its own unique graphics package.
The cockpits in both cars are described by Chrysler as "race-inspired," with sport seats, accent stitching and custom graphics.
Dodge originally applied the Super Bee name at the tail end of the muscle-car era on a performance version of the midsize Coronet. The Dodge Super Bee was marketed from 1968-'70 as a companion to the Plymouth Road Runner. The name was revived on special editions of the Charger from 2007-'09.
The Yellow Jacket name — originally spelled Yellowjacket — was used earlier on a one-off version of the 1970 Dodge Challenger, when the car was a companion to the Plymouth Barracuda.
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