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2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee Review


Classic Muscle Car, Revisited

A three-quarter front view of a yellow 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee

In short: An update on Dodge's classic HEMI-powered muscle car.

Revived once again for the 2012 model year, the Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee plays on America's collective nostalgia for audacious muscle cars that unabashedly burn fuel in pursuit of that most noble of all goals — more horsepower. And with its aggressive 470-hp, 6.4-liter V8 HEMI, the SRT8 Super Bee does a decidedly good job of achieving this goal. Dressed in a distinctive bumble bee yellow, this full-size sports sedan shoots from 0-60 in just 4.2 seconds in spite of its hulking two tons of machinery. The cabin is appropriately bare-bones, allowing the driver to concentrate on the road without distraction and also shedding 100 pounds off the standard SRT8. However, Dodge does make some concessions to comfort and convenience, managing to squeeze in a small Uconnect touchscreen display with voice command, Bluetooth and streaming audio.

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Warranty/Service: Five-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty; three-year/36,000-mile basic limited warranty; 24-hour towing assistance

Base Price: $41,495 / As Tested: $44,065

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, rear-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 6.4-liter V8 HEMI engine
Horsepower: 470 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 470 lb-ft @ 4,300 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

Curb weight:
4,305 lbs
Wheelbase: 120.2 in
Length/Width/Height: 200.3/74.2/58.3 in
Turning circle: 37.7 ft

4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and brake assist
Suspension: high-performance suspension

Traction: electronic stability control with traction control

0-60 mph: 4.2 seconds
Top Speed: 178 mph

EPA City:
14 mpg
EPA Highway: 23 mpg

driver and front passenger front airbags; driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags; front and rear side-curtain airbags


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