Vital Stats

Engine:
6.4L V8
Power:
470 HP / 470 LB-FT
Transmission:
5-Speed Auto
0-60 Time:
4.9 Seconds (est.)
Top Speed:
174 MPH
Drivetrain:
Rear-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight:
4,365 LBS
Seating:
2+3
Cargo:
16.3 CU-FT
MPG:
14 City / 23 HWY
Base Price:
$41,995
I can pinpoint the exact moment when I fell in love with this car. It was starting down a nearly straight entrance ramp at 15 miles per hour when I buried the throttle. In a moment, I was thrown back into my seat as the big SRT8's engine came to life with commensurate sound, fury and force, bringing me up to 75 mph in what felt like two blinks of an eye. This thing feels so much quicker than its 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque would lead you to believe. And mashing the right pedal never, ever gets old.

But beyond sheer speed, I found a whole lot to like about the Charger SRT8 during my week with the Pitch Black test car here in Detroit. And while the whole Super Bee kit isn't really my style, it's really easy to overlook those badges for a package that offers so much for so little.

Driving Notes
  • Like I said, the 392 Hemi engine feels much more powerful than its numbers might suggest. Chrysler estimates that the car will rip off 0-60 times in the high-four-second range, and you'll pass the quarter mile just before the 13-second mark.
  • And then there's the transmission. Dodge fits a five-speed automatic unit to its 6.4-liter Hemi here in the Charger, and while that's almost an archaic piece of technology by today's standards (and considering that the recently refreshed Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT with the same engine uses an eight-speed auto), it's still well-suited to the big motor. Shifts happen quickly, both up and down the range, and because there are only five ratios, there's less hunting around between cogs.
  • There are steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, but the transmission felt best when left to its own devices. Just hit the throttle when you want to go, and you'll go. There's no drama, just speed.
  • The rub, though, is with fuel economy – at best, you'll manage 23 miles per gallon on the highway, and my average of 16 mpg fell just short of the estimated 17-mpg combined rating. Oh, well.
  • But this thing is just so damn fun to drive. You can get the rear tires to spin at every stoplight, but in an incredibly manageable and playful fashion. Likewise, it's easy to nudge the rump out around turns, and the thick, leather-wrapped SRT steering wheel is a joy to toss back and forth.
  • This is a big, heavy car, though, and you won't forget it from behind the wheel. At no point would I describe its handling as nimble or precise, but it's not nearly as tough to wrangle as you might imagine. There are big Brembo brakes to keep all that power in line, and you don't need to turn off the traction nannies to have a good time.
  • Visually, the Super Bee kit offers unique, double-five-spoke 20-inch wheels, decals on the hood and rear quarter panel, and a small graphic next to the SRT badge in the grille. Inside, unique trim is found on the cloth seats and there's another Super Bee graphic on the dash. It's not what I'd spec, but to each their own. The Charger is still a great-looking car regardless.
  • That said, this model, as-tested, was $44,435. Of course, that's without premium features like navigation, the awesome leather SRT thrones, HID headlamps, a sunroof, and so on, but it's a nice value. It's basically one of the new SRT Core models, but with some decals.
  • This car offers a ton of bang for the buck in terms of performance, but it's easy to feel cheated inside, despite the spacious, quiet cabin. The standard 4.3-inch touchscreen display works well and is incredibly responsive, but combined with the large cubby underneath, it really reminds you that you didn't pony up for the big screen Uconnect system. And while the cloth seats are comfortable, they aren't nearly as supportive as the seats of the standard SRT8, and you can't get them with heat, either.
  • If anything, this SRT8 Super Bee reminded me just how awesome the Charger SRT8 is as a whole. And by offering so much punch underhood, the Super Bee package strikes me as being an excellent bargain for people looking for no-frills high performance.


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      Speeding
      • 1 Year Ago
      Slots nicely between the Chevrolet SS sedan and Cadillac CTS-V. If only Ford would bring the Falcon over to the U.S., things would get interesting.
        imoore
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Speeding
        Sorry, but like the Ranger the Falcon doesn\'t fit into Ford\'s New World Order. Can they interest you in a new Lincoln, perhaps?
      Ok
      • 1 Year Ago
      "I was thrown back into my seat as the big SRT8's engine came to life with commensurate sound, fury and force, bringing me up to 75 mph in what felt like two blinks of an eye." - I'm wonder how much gas that took? Even if it was a quarter gallon just to do that, heck you had some fun for a buck. Probably a better $1 investment than a lottery ticket. I guess you are getting an awful lot of power for $44k, but for that kind of money, you can buy a lot of really good cars. (Though those really good cars won;t be as fast off the line) In the end I think I'd be too practical to convince myself to give up a lot of comfort ant sophistication you could get for that money to instead be able to go like a bat out of hell. Which explains why I'm too practical to be interesting. Practical makes me boring.
        fuzzyfish6
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ok
        I think a 300C SRT is more your speed, it would be for me.
          jtav2002
          • 1 Year Ago
          @fuzzyfish6
          Or he could just get the regular SRT Charger that will get you the navigation, leather, sunroof, etc etc. I think i'd take the 300 though.
        Papi L-Gee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ok
        Unless they're reviewing minivans or midsize sedans, AB reviewers don't seem to care too much about practicality.
      XJ Yamaha
      • 1 Year Ago
      5 speeds are becoming the new 4-speeds.
        twofingersneak
        • 1 Year Ago
        @XJ Yamaha
        and 6 speeds and 7 speeds are becoming the new 5 speeds.
        RamSport
        • 1 Year Ago
        @XJ Yamaha
        Do you people not follow the car scene? The 8 speed auto is on it's way. They were contractually obligated to buy (or make) a certain number of Mercedes 5 speeds, and that time is almost up.
      timber
      • 1 Year Ago
      The diesel, manual, cloth wagons seem to be the envy of the American drivers around here but let me say that cars like this one are the envy of European drivers like myself. I would love to have a large RWD sedan with a engine like this (of course the problem stars with the gas prices). The only thing somewhat similar we have is a M5 or a E63 AMG... I would gladly trade the rattle of my 4 cylinder diesel for this beautiful orchestra...
      Danny
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like the cloth seats and base stereo. Mostly, I'm glad to see the engine block is painted.
      Dart
      • 1 Year Ago
      To clarify the tires: The SRT8 comes standard with 245/45R20 tires front and rear, and offers a staggered fitment option that puts 255s on the rear. 235s are NOT an option on this car. Still, that is not sufficient rubber. My friend has a Bee, and he equipped it with 275/40R20s. It really looks much better, although he can still roast them off when the T/C is partially defeated, even from a rolling start.
      Mr E
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ok, I have to admit this thing is pretty badass. I secretly hope they make a new version with a wedge-shaped nose cone, 2-foot tall rear spoiler, and neon paint.
      Stridenttube
      • 1 Year Ago
      The article says this car doesn't have "the awesome leather SRT thrones". Do these seats at least have the same bolstering as the SRT model, or are they just standard seats?
        Beardinals
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Stridenttube
        If you look at the pictures, definitely SRT. Trying to save a few bucks - but MAN! $44 grand anyway?!!?!
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        HUMANMPC2000
        • 1 Year Ago
        Your really misinformed if you think a R spec is would kill this vehicle. The only way a R spec would faster than the Super Bee if you pushed that garbage off a cliff silly man.Name a automobile at this price point that's has 470 horsepower and 470 torque, even the up coming SS Chevy will have is lunch ate by the Super Bee.
          jtav2002
          • 1 Year Ago
          @HUMANMPC2000
          Wouldn't kill it, but I'd imagine it would at least hold it's own. Not supporting what the Op said, he's still a moron.
        Peter_G
        • 1 Year Ago
        *cough*http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/hyundai-genesis-r-spec-50-sedan-test-review*cough*
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        Are you trying to be the Asian Jeremy Clarkson or something? Your obviously grasping for straws here by calling a car that can get to 60 mph in the high 4 second range slow. I'll bet your boy racer can't do that.
        fuzzyfish6
        • 1 Year Ago
        A troll calling other people trolls?
      JayP
      • 1 Year Ago
      If this had a 6 speed manual it would rocket to the top of my mad-car want list. Make that a Hurst too.
      werty
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hang all the gee-gaw names on it you want. It still looks like a taxi cab.
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @werty
        Where do you live? I have never seen one of these used as a taxi.
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @werty
        What? Even this thing were school bus yellow, and had a black and white checkered stripe going down the side, it still wouldn't be very convincing as a taxi cab. Seriously, let me know where they use these as taxis. I'd visit there just to ride in one.
      Bobby_Sards
      • 1 Year Ago
      Super bee looks like super-cop or super-taxi Thumbs down
        Raul Valdez
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bobby_Sards
        you wish you had this car. Cause I have it and it would certainly blow away anything you got hater.BTW the classic bee's (which I'm sure were produced before you were born were plain to save weight!! The new bee is 200-3000lbs less) Learn something ricer!!!
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