Hemi fans may experience a bit of nostalgia next week, as Dodge gets ready to unveil the Charger SRT8 Super Bee and the Challenger SRT8 Yellow Jacket at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Autoweek notes that Dodge first introduced the Super Bee in 1968, while the Yellow Jacket moniker followed on 1970 Challengers equipped with the 426 Hemi.
“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 V8 in a back-to-basics performance machine,” says Ralph Gilles, president and CEO - SRT and Motorsports in a press release. Gilles echoed his thoughts in a statement regarding the Challenger SRT8 Yellow Jacket, saying it “adds another piece of performance car nostalgia” to the SRT8 line.
Both cars see a number of visual enhancements. “Super Bee Chargers are available in Stinger Yellow or Pitch Black exterior colors with unique graphic appointments for each color,” writes Cars.com. “The outside of yellow Super Bees have satin-black hood graphics; black cars have charcoal graphics.” Regardless of which color you choose, Super Bee models get 20-inch wheels with black highlights, and an interior that features silver and yellow-striped seats with a Super Bee emblem.
The Charger SRT8 Yellow Jacket comes in one color, Stinger Yellow, and features a Yellow Jacket logo on the rear fenders. Inside, the Yellow Jacket’s seats feature an embroidered Yellow Jacket logo, as well as silver stitching and a yellow accent band.
Despite their unique exterior and interior styling, the Yellow Jacket and Super Bee don’t carry any performance enhancements over the regular SRT8 models on which they’re based. Both cars feature a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 that’s 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,” writes Edmunds. “Top speed is 175 mph with the automatic (182 mph in the manual-equipped Challenger).”
Dodge will begin taking orders for the Super Bee and Yellow Jacket in December. Pricing has yet to be announced, but both limited-edition cars are expected to hit dealer lots in spring 2012.
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