Few automakers offer as many special edition vehicles as the Chrysler group does. At the 2011 LA Auto Show, the Dodge brand will unveil several special edition models, including the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee will be one of them. Inspired by the Bumble Bee package available on the 1971 Charger, the latest edition adds exclusive content to the stand-out 2012 Charger SRT8.
The Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee is available in two colors: Stinger Yellow or Pitch Black exterior paint with contrasting Super Bee graphics. On the yellow model gets satin black hood graphics and black decklid stripes with a solid wide center line flanked by solid dual tracer lines, while the Pitch Black version features charcoal gray graphics on the hood and decklid.
Inside, the 2012 Charger SRT8 Super Bee features Super Bee logos on its dashboard, its front headrests and on the software of the Electronic Vehicle Information Center screen. A new steering wheel and unique Z-stripe cloth performance seats with yellow and silver striping, silver accent stitching and Super Bee logos on the front seats round-out the package.
The Dodge Charger SRT8 Super is powered by Chrysler’s 6.4-liter Hemi, producing 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a paddle-shifter-equipped automatic transmission, the this special charger can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds, the quarter mile in less than 13 seconds and to a top speed of 175 mph.
The new 470HP Charger SRT8 Super Bee will go on sale in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2012.
Chrysler Celebrates 35 Years Of The Minivan With Special Edition Pacifica, Caravan
It’s been over three decades, since the American automaker gave birth to the minivan segment.
Chrysler introduced the first minivan — Dodge Caravan / Plymouth Voyager — in 1984, and has sold more than 14.6 million minivans over the proceeding 35 years, twice as many as any other automaker. It chose to celebrate the milestone with 35th Anniversary Edition versions of the Chrysler Pacifica, Pacifica Hybrid and Dodge Grand Caravan.
All three feature an all-black interior with Cranberry Wine accent stitching and special 35th anniversary badging.
Available on the Touring L, Touring L Plus and Limited models, the Chrysler Pacifica 35th Anniversary Edition has Cranberry Wine accent stitching on its McKinley and Nappa leather perforated seats, steering wheel, door trim, instrument panel and door handles. Designers the 35th Anniversary logo has on the front floor mats.
Touring L trim models come standard with memory driver’s seat, eight-passenger seating, Mopar overhead DVD, 18-inch wheels. Going for the Touring L Plus adds a dual-pane sunroof and the Limited further adds 20-inch wheels.
The Hybrid Touring L comes equipped with the premium Audio Group with 13 Alpine speakers, Uconnect 4C Nav with 8.4-inch display and 17-inch wheels, while the Hybrid Limited tosses in 18-inch wheels.
Only the Grand Caravan SE and SXT models get the 35th Anniversary treatment, boasting 17-inch tech silver aluminum wheels, 35th Anniversary fender badge and a Bright grille.
Inside, they features Cranberry Wine accent stitching on the steering wheel, seats and door trim; a Piano Black console and IP accent; and a 35th Anniversary embroidered logo on the front floor mats.
The 35th Anniversary edition Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan go on sale in Summer 2019.
Dodge Makes Charger And Challenger Sublime
The company wants you to make your friends green with envy.
Dodge has brought back ‘Sublime’, an eye-catching shade of green first introduced in 1970 on a number of its models.
The heritage-laced color made a returned on a limited run of Charger R/T Daytonas in 2007, as well as for the Challenger’s 2015 model year. It will once again be offered on the Charger and Challenger starting in February 2019, specifically on the Charger Scat Pack, the Charter SRT Hellcat, the Challenger Widebody, and the Challenger T/A.
“By bringing back a high-impact color like Sublime across the 2019 Challenger and Charger lineups, we’re continuing to give our enthusiast customers another way to make their muscle cars even more unique when they showcase the legendary Dodge performance attitude,” said Steve Beahm, the head of passenger car brands for Dodge, Chrysler, and Fiat.
Don’t like the green but still want to stand out from the crowd? Fortunately, Dodge offers a wide selection of other special colors that should strike your fancy, including B5 Blue, Go Mango, F8 Green, Plum Crazy, and TorRed.
Next Dodge Challenger Will Be A Hybrid Muscle Car
Just don’t expect a supercharged V8 engine that cranks out over 700 horsepower.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Mike Manley has announced that the next-generation Dodge Challenger will be electrified.
The 717-horsepower Hellcat has been much the rage since its release, helping boost sales of the antiquated current-generation Challenger, but FCA believes going hybrid the next time around is the way to go.
“The reality is those platforms and that technology we used does need to move on. They can’t exist as you get into the middle-2020s,” Manley stated at the . “New technology is going to drive a load of weight out, so we can think of the powertrains in a different way. And we can use electrification to really supplement those vehicles.”
He also hinted that the next-generation Challenger will be a lot lighter than its predecessor, which should allow engineers to improve performance benchmarks with a smaller engine. Rather than a V8, a high-output twin-turbo V6 could very well be the top engine.
Some purists will likely be upset about the decision to go electric, but Manley promises electrification will be applied subtlely to muscle cars, improving performance as a primary selling point and improving fuel economy as a secondary bonus.
“I think that electrification will certainly be part of the formula that says what is American muscle in the future,” the executive added. “What it isn’t going to be is a V-8, supercharged, 700-horsepower engine.”
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