Just look at that photo: it’s the new Charger SRT-8 “Super Bee” running the back straight at Waterford Hills. One of my favorite cars, at one of my favorite places… plus a new color and some interior trim changes. What’s not to like? Well, there’s the Chargers really shouldn’t have four doors factor. If you want to, as Nicki Minaj says, “back coupes up and chuck the deuce up,” there’s now a yellow special-edition Challenger, too.
The Chrysler LX/LY/whatever cars are real auto-enthusiast litmus tests. Either you love them for being unapologetic two-ton, 400-plus-horsepower, square-shouldered ass-kickers, or you’re turned off by their weight, their lack of finesse, their unquenchable thirst for fuel, and their inability to pack even a mid-sized car’s worth of space inside what it nearly a full-sized automobile.
For those of us who fall in the first category, there’s a new Charger Super Bee and Challenger “Yellow Jacket”. All the changes are cosmetic, as far as I can tell from the press release. Two cars you either love or loathe, now available in yellow.
While the Challenger can, and should be, had with a six-speed manual, most of these cars will go out the door with the old Benz-sourced five-speed auto. The ZF 8-speed which is pushing the Pentastar-powered 300 and Charger to their well-publicized 31mpg estimated highway rating won’t be showing up for duty, either because
a) they don’t have enough of the transmissions available
b) they haven’t had time to complete testing
c) the HEMI 6.4 would turn the 8-speed into a magnesium box full of aluminum dust.
My money’s on c).
Production of the Super Bee and Yellow Jacket will be limited (to as many as they can sell) so get in line early!