2023 Dodge Charger Super Bee Is Second Farewell to Iconic Model08/31/2022
As Dodge makes its slow march towards its “E-Muscle” future, it has been looking back at its past with several “Last Call” editions to give its gas-powered Charger and Challenger models a send-off in style. The first “Last Call” model was the 2023 Dodge Challenger Shakedown, recalling a 2016 concept based on a 1971 Chally. Now the Charger is up, and it’s getting a proper Super Bee treatment just as the original 1968-1970 Dodge Coronet-based one did. While that doesn’t mean Dodge is bringing back the B-body, it does mean the LD Charger is getting the street-and-strip treatment with drag radials on real strip-ready wheels, Drag Mode, and a functional hood scoop for the Scat Pack and Scat Pack Widebody versions.
If you were originally excited to see Dodge bring back the Super Bee name, only to be disappointed at its lack of true drag racing accoutrement, well today is your day. The 2023 Dodge Charger Super Bee is more than just a name, badging, decals, and special exterior color this time around. It will, however, be limited to just 1,000 examples made, with 500 going to the Scat Pack in B5 Blue and 500 going to the Scat Pack Widebody in Plum Crazy. It comes with unique exterior badging on the grille and front fenders along with decals on the hood, and rear fenders in blue for the B5 Blue and white for the Plum Crazy. While that doesn’t make these Super Bees any more functional, the rest will.
First up, these Super Bees are coming straight from the factory floor with a set of drag radials that will help you launch harder for some impressive ETs. The regular Scat Pack version gets them on 20×9.5 knurled wheels (to help it grip the bead of the tire) with 275 width drag radials, and the Scat Pack Widebody gets the true fat tire treatment with 18×11 drag wheels using 315 width drag radials. Hey, it’s got the widebody, why not stuff the rear wells with meaty tires? While this alone would be a great way to honor the original Super Bee tradition, that’s not the only thing this modern buzzer will get.
For improved performance under the hood of the supercharged Hemi V-8, an SRT hood is installed with a functional scoop, dual heat extractors, and secured with a Mopar hood pin kit in black. For some improved sound and better looks, the SRT exhaust tips are painted black. The active damping suspension of the Charger Super Bee is further programmed with a new Drag Mode to improve the weight transfer for hard quarter-mile blasts, but you also get a set of red four-piston Brembo brakes to get you hauled down at the end of your run. Inside, you’ll also get more Super Bee callouts with a unique badge on the instrument panel and logos on the seat backs.
The 2023 Dodge Charger Super Bee will be available during Springtime of 2023 and pricing will be announced in this fall. The next “Last Call” model will be announced on September 7, with the models after that announced until September 21. The final “Last Call” model will be revealed during the celebration of all things performance: the 2022 SEMA Show at Las Vegas that takes place on November 1-4.
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