2011 LA Preivew: 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 SuperBee

Harking back to the ‘68 Super Bee, Dodge has just unleashed their latest retro take on the sought-after musclecar: the 2012 Charger SRT8 SuperBee, which we will likely see at the LA Auto Show next week.

Seeing is believing and really no more than that: the SuperBee is an aesthetic upgrade, up front is the same not-so-miserable 6.2 liter V8 putting out 470 bhp and 470 ft-lbs along with the standard SRT8’s suspension and brakes. All of this is good for a sub-5 second trip to 60, sub 13-second quarter, 175 mph and a 60-0 distance of 120 ft. For reference, the ‘71 SuperBee did 60 in 5.7 seconds and a 13.7 seconds.

“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 said.

The car will be a limited edition, but Chrysler has not said how limited yet: there were 1000 2007 SuperBees, but only 425 model year 2009 copies made.

Setting the SuperBee apart will be copious SuperBee badges, the yellow paint of course and bespoke black painted aluminum wheels. For those crazy enough to drive the car in the snow, it comes standard with a heated steering wheel and all-season tires. Paddle shifting is new this year as well.

Sales of the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 SuperBee will start in the first quarter 2012. Check out the gallery and act fast if you think this one is for you.

– By: Sawyer Sutton