by Patrick Rall
1971 Dodge Charger Super Bee
Chrysler and Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne recently offered up a few hints as to what was coming to the Chrysler lineup in the near future, and among those hints was the subtle mention of the reincarnation of the Dodge Charger Super Bee. Mr. Marchionne didn’t offer any idea as to what we can expect for the new Super Bee sedan, but based on the past of the name, we can make a few assumptions.
The Dodge Charger Super Bee option last appeared in the lineup in 2009, after
having been introduced in 2007. It was predominantly an appearance
package added to Charger SRT8 models. When the Super Bee first hit in
2007, it very appropriately came in just Detonator Yellow with a black
hood and trim -addressing the super “bee” roots.
2007 Dodge Super Bee SRT8
Just 1,000 2007
Charger Super Bee sedans were made, and in addition to the exterior Super
Bee stripes and badges, the inside received some exterior-matched trim
and special edition dash plaques with the vehicle number out of 1,000.
The Super Bee was back in 2008 with the same basic changes compared to
the non- Super Bee Charger SRT8, but rather than Detonator Yellow, B5
Blue was the chosen color option for the 1,000 special edition sedans.
In 2009, B5 Blue was cut in favor of Hemi Orange and only 425 units were
produced in what looked to be the final model year. All 2,425
2007-2009 Charger Super Bees were powered by a 425 horsepower 6.1L Hemi
mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission and rear wheel drive.
If the past is any indication as to what is to come of the 2011-2012
Dodge Charger Super Bee, we can expect the limited edition sports sedan
to be powered by the 6.4L Hemi from the new Charger SRT8 – packing 465
horsepower and 465lb-ft of torque. It would seem fitting to have the
new Charger Super Bee offered in a bright yellow and black exterior
design, but since Detonator Yellow has already been used, perhaps they
will go with a different color option – maybe with a wheel option that
would allow the Super Bee to stand apart from the 2011 Charger SRT8.
Inside, we can expect a serialized plaque and some high impact trim
pieces to make the interior pop…along with the in-dash performance gauge
cluster and a high tech sound system. For now, all that we can do is
guess until Chrysler drops some official word on the new Charger Super