The legendary Super Bee returns and is ready for the drag strip.
This is the last call for Dodge V8 muscle cars. The new Dodge Charger Daytona EV concept has been revealed, and the V8 dies next year. Last Call, by the way, is the name Dodge is calling seven special-edition 2023 Charger and Challenger models that will pay homage to the history of these muscle cars.
Based on the Charger Scat Pack, it revives the famous Super Bee nomenclature that first debuted back in 1968 on the Dodge Coronet. As Dodge puts it, the Super Bee "could serve as both a daily driver and a weekend warrior at the track or drag strip," which is a theme continued here on a car that ships with drag radial tires as standard.
Only 1,000 of these will be made, split between widebody and standard body Chargers, and they'll be available in only two colors. 500 of the standard body cars will be built in B5 Blue, while the 500 Widebody variants will get the Plum Crazy treatment.
Based on the Scat Pack, power is sourced from a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 generating 485 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque, sent rearwards via an eight-speed automatic.
What we're all here for are the unique performance tweaks. On the blue cars, 20-inch alloy wheels measure 9.5 inches wide and wear 275-section drag tires, while the widebody cars get 18-inch alloys measuring 11 inches across shod in 315-section drag radials. Both cars will benefit from Dodge's active suspension setup, which includes a Drag Mode to help put the power down.
When it comes time to stop, Brembo four-piston brakes, replete with red calipers, do duty.
The Super Bee has a slew of other upgrades, both visual and functional in nature. The SRT hood features a functional scoop and twin heat extractors, while the black exhaust tips look badass and pipe glorious V8 noise to the masses. On the aesthetic front, unique badging on the hood, fenders, and grille, and a massive Super Bee graphic on the hood scoop tell these cars apart. You'll also get black hood pins.
Finally, you get a special "Last Call" plaque under the vehicle's hood to commemorate these special cars. The unique scripts will read "Last Call" and showcase the vehicle's silhouette, name, "Designed in Auburn Hills," and "Assembled in Brampton."
Equipped as standard with the Plus Group and Carbon/Suede Package content, the interior is a fine place to be, thanks to carbon fiber weave trim accents and a suede headliner. Nappa leather/Alcantara seats get Super Bee-specific seatback logos, while the instrumentation ahead of the driver also gets the Super Bee logo.
The Plus Group also adds conveniences like auto-dimming mirrors, blind-spot monitoring, power tilt-and-telescoping steering column adjustment, and premium stitching on the dash.
"The Dodge Super Bee is more than commemorative of a cool heritage name - it is also a Charger variant of the Challenger 1320 grassroots race package," said Tim Kuniskis, Dodge CEO. "The special-edition 2023 Dodge Charger Super Bee once again offers a Dodge vehicle that is equally at home on the street or on the drag strip."
For now, Dodge doesn't have any pricing details on the Super Bee and will likely announce the pricing of all special edition trims at once later in fall 2022. DodgeGarage.com will showcase the availability of these special editions and all 2023 allocations at the dealerships they've been assigned to, where the cars will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The remaining five special editions will debut at a rate of one a week, with the next scheduled for 7 September. The final car will be showcased at the 2022 SEMA Show in Las Vegas from 1-4 November, where Dodge is rumored to reveal an E85-capable muscle car with more than 900 hp.