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Special Edition Dodge SRT Models - LA Auto Show

author photo by Jeffrey Archer November 2011
  • Dodge revealed two bright yellow special edition SRT8 cars in L.A.: the Charger SRT8 Super Bee and Challenger SRT8 Yellow Jacket.
  • Both offer yellow exterior finishes, unique wheels and yellow interior trim, though the Charger is also available in black.
  • Neither SRT model features an upgrade to the already muscular 470-horsepower Hemi V8 used in other SRT8 models.

Two shiny yellow performance cars are the stars of Dodge's display at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show. Officially dubbed the Charger SRT8 Super Bee and Challenger SRT8 Yellow Jacket, the brightly-colored special editions feature several modifications over their standard SRT8 stablemates.

According to Dodge, the 2012 Challenger SRT8 Yellow Jacket was inspired by the automaker's 1969 Yellow Jacket concept car. In addition to its striking Stinger Yellow exterior paint, the special edition Challenger features unique 20-inch wheels, black stripes on either side that tout its "Yellow Jacket" moniker and a black grille designed to match the coupe's black trim. Interior revisions include distinctive Stinger Yellow accents, silver stitching, and a distinctive Yellow Jacket logo embroidered in the front seats.

Complementing the flashy Challenger in Dodge's display is another bright yellow special edition SRT model. According to Dodge, the Charger SRT8 Super Bee takes its roots from the 1971 Charger's Bumble Bee package and includes "Super Bee" logos in black graphics on both rear fenders, plus a similar logo embroidered on the sedan's front seats. Other modifications include yellow interior accents, unique 20-inch wheels, and - like its Challenger sibling - an all-black grille. Unlike the Challenger SRT8 Yellow Jacket, however, the Charger SRT8 Super Bee will be available with a Pitch Black exterior finish in addition to the flashy Stinger Yellow paint color making its debut in L.A.

While the special edition Challenger and Charger models still use the same brawny 470-horsepower 6.4-liter Hemi V8 as the automaker's other SRT8 models, they do include several other new features. Among them is an available 900-watt, 18-speaker Harmon Kardon surround sound system and an exclusive new SRT heated steering wheel that features shift paddles and multi-function control.

While Chrysler hasn't announced an on-sale date or pricing for the special edition Challenger and Charger models, we expect to see them arriving in dealers early next year with a base price in the mid-$40,000 range.

What it means to you: If you're looking to stand out more than the aggressively-styled Charger and Challenger already do, these special editions may appeal to you.

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