First Look: 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8, Charger SRT8

2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket Front Three Quarter

AUTO SHOWS:  Dodge and the Street and Racing Technology (SRT) division have divulged information on two new special-edition high-performance models. The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee and Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket receive a host of visual changes to make the cars stand out from the crowd.

Mechanically the two cars are unchanged, continuing to house a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 that pumps out 470 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. The Charger is available in either Stinger Yellow or Pitch Black paint, with unique stripes and graphics on the hood and trunklid, as well as unique 20-inch wheels. The fenders wear “392 HEMI” badges, and the front grille features a 3D helmeted bee logo.

The Charger’s interior receives a new three-spoke steering wheel, yellow and silver stitching for the seats, and an embroidered Super Bee logo on the front headrests. Super Bee logos also have been added to the dashboard and in the software of the Electronic Vehicle Information Center screen.

The Super Bee package is designed to recall Dodge Super Bee cars of yore, starting the 1968 Coronet. From 1971, the Super Bee package was made available on the Charger.

The Challenger SRT8 Yellow Jacket also gets a healthy dose of visual changes, with exclusive Stinger Yellow paint, black stripes, unique 20-inch wheels, and a Yellow Jacket logo on the rear fender. Inside, the leather seats receive a Stinger Yellow accent stripe along with silver accent stitching and an embroidered Stinger Yellow logo.

The Challenger was inspired by the 1969 Dodge Yellow Jacket show car, a special vehicle based on a 1970 Challenger which made the rounds at various auto shows.

Both special-edition cars will be made available in limited quantities, and can be ordered from Dodge dealerships starting in early 2012. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet.

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