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Charger SRT8 Super Bee - Serious!

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On: Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 1:42PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Charger SRT8 Super Bee - Serious!

Dodge, this is beneath you. We really thought all of this nonsense was over and done with. And with the economy in the state it’s in, you really should realize that people are starting to understand what true value really is all about. However, you have chosen to bring about the ... ahem ... mighty ... 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee. Oh, great! A legendary name plate that one would equate with a better model than your garden-variety SRT8 Charger, right? Well, muscle car fans, don't get your hopes up.

The Dodge Super Bee seems like it is a bit of a bust, at least to one humble writer. Granted, it is difficult to call a RWD car that puts down 470-hp and 470-lb.-ft. of torque through an overhead valve 6.4-liter thumping V8 a bust, but that's just the thing -- it's the same motor as the 'regular' SRT8. No difference. The transmission is the same 5-speed automatic as the non-Super Bee. Wheelbase? Same. How about the base price? Yup, right about the same 42 grand as the normal SRT8.

So, what's different? Well, aside from some goofy graphics that border on graffiti, and some screaming yellow paint, the folks over at Dodge have kept the same car, but removed a bunch of amenities they hope buyers will see as addition by subtraction. Gone is the Harmon/Kardon stereo, leather seats, navigation system, heated front and rear seats, reading lights, Bilstein Adaptive Damping Suspension, and 20-inch rims. The sum of this mass removal is about 100 pounds of weight reduction, making the Super Bee somewhat of a 'stripper' model ... sort of ... At least that's what Dodge is hoping you will see the Bee as.

The big problem here is that even at a stripped-down version of itself, the Super Bee still tips the scales at 4271 pounds. That doesn't even come close to being a 'stripper' in the classic muscle car sense of the word. Honestly, the Super Bee is a poser. This car is meant for wannabe weekend warriors that want to feel like they have a true 1960's muscle car, and think 'roughing it' means turning off your cell phone for 20 minutes. Let's get something straight right now -- being mildly uncomfortable does not in any way make you hardcore, okay? Now, we will give credit where credit is due -- the Super Bee does rip off a 4.4 second 0-60 mph run on its way to a 12.8 second quarter mile at 112.6 mph which is nothing to sneeze at, but think of just how fast this car could be if Dodge really tried to go all out. How about cutting out all of the cheesy graphics? A note for all carmakers -- if you have to go out of your way to tell everyone what kind of car it is, odds are it’s not a very memorable car.

If you're trying to make a stripped-down model, don't mess around and do it. No floor mats, thinner glass, thinner paint, get rid of all the unnecessary body cladding, no stereo, no back seats. Hardcore is not having to roll your windows down. Hardcore is ripping your windows out because they add too much weight. Sound crazy? We haven't even gotten started. Take it a step further -- no air conditioning, no useless deck wing, no running lamps, and if you're really serious about saving weight, what's with the passenger side mirror?! Sound nuts? Well, the 427 Cobra of the '60's was inarguably one of the purest and baddest stripper cars ever created. It was essentially and engine with wheels. Carroll Shelby's tennis shoes melted to the firewall. That's hardcore.

Here's the other big issue here -- the Super Bee's price tag is pretty much equal to that of the standard SRT8. So let me get this straight -- I can pay 42 grand for an SRT8 with heated seats, navigation, and a functioning stereo, or I can pay 42 grand for an SRT8 without all of that stuff and some yellow paint? Yea, no. I think I'll just take the regular version and rip out what I think I don't need and bring that price down to about 35 grand when we're all said and done. Come on Dodge, you really can't expect people to think that less is more when it comes to spending this kind of money. There could be a case made for the Super Bee if perhaps the base price was about ten grand south of the loaded version, but if the asking prices are anywhere near each other, the Super Bee is just another gimmick. Sure, the Super Bee looks cool in bright yellow, but honestly, unless it gets more power than the base SRT8, or comes in weighing or costing a lot less, it's just another yellow car. Come on Dodge, you're better than that.

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Sami18 | 2:24PM (Fri, Jan 27, 2012)

I completely agree with the article they said everything i was thinking, i guess Dodge wanted a change and they sure got one but i dont think this car is going to be a big hit.


Stephy21 | 3:00PM (Fri, Jan 27, 2012)

Horrible name for this car.

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