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Prior to this year’s LA Auto Show, there appeared to be a great deal of buzz surrounding the Dodge stand, after all the limited production Yellow Jacket Challenger and Charger Super Bee were due to make their debut here, most attendees expecting them to make a splash, finished in retina scorching yellow.
Instead things ended up quite different. The Yellow Jacket never made it out onto the show floor and Super Bee, instead of being officially unveiled, sneaked its way onto the Dodge stand virtually undetected, aided by being a Pitch Black model, instead of one finished in shocking Stinger Yellow.
Nonetheless the car, which will be limited to a production run of 1000 units, was quite well received, by those that were able to actually notice it. However, with matte black finished graphics, gloss black rear spoiler, even gloss black inserts on the rear wheels, the Pitch Black model is essentially devoid of color, that is, if you discount the charcoal hood stripes, 392 Hemi fender badges and Super Bee emblem on the grille.
However, with winter fast approaching for us Northern folk, the availability of this car and the Yellow Jacket will no doubt bring a few rays of sunshine to a dull January, even though from the time those North of the Mason-Dixon buy their new toys to the time they’ll really want to drive them might be several months.
GALLERY: 2012 Dodge Charger Super Bee
It was a logical step. With a revitalized Charger SRT-8 out of the gate it was only a matter of time before Dodge unveiled a limited run Super Bee based on it.
Much as the last iteration back in ‘09, when only 425 copies were sold, this one takes all the goodies from the SRT-8, namely the aggressive styling, big wheels, monster brakes, suspension and thumping 470 horsepower 392 cubic inch Hemi V8 (that’s 6.4-liters to you of metric persuasion) and gives it a signature look outside and in.
The 2012 version, which will be officially unveiled at the LA Auto Show next week, comes in a choice of two colors, striking Stinger Yellow or menacing Pitch Black, with a unique three-dimensional Super Bee emblem on the front grille, plus prominent stripes on the hood and rear decklid. These are finished in satin black with a white center section on yellow cars, in charcoal on black ones. The rear spoiler is finished in matte black on the yellow Super Bee and body color on the black one.
There’s also 392 Hemi emblems on the front fenders and customary Super Bee logos on the rear ones, just like the 07-09 cars and of course the 1968-71 originals.
Inside, the 2012 Super Bee features the SRT steering wheel and seats, but the latter are finished in a unique Z-strip cloth with yellow and silver striping as well as embroidered Super Bee logos on each of the front seat headrests. Another neat touch is a Super Bee logo which appears in the instrument panel when the ignition is started.
Other features include specially finished 20 x 9 inch alloy wheels with black painted spoke inserts and Goodyear F1 supercar tires, though Goodyear all-season RS-A2s are available in lieu of the F1s.
Dodge says the new Super Bee will be available for ordering through dealerships in December, with cars arriving in showrooms during the first quarter of next year. Although pricing has yet to be announced, expect in the region of $40,000 and oh, if you plan on getting one, better make sure you join the waiting list pronto, for although production will be higher than the ‘09 version, it’ll still be limited to just 1000 units.