As we bid farewell to Dodge’s muscle automotive twins, the Challenger and Charger, a lot of the consideration has gone to the Hellcat-powered variants and rightly so. The Hellcat engine is without doubt one of the most spectacular engines ever put right into a manufacturing automotive. However the usual Hemi engine is not any slouch. Dodge delivered to us a Tremendous Bee Particular Version, one other of Dodge’s Final Name automobiles, with the usual Hemi engine beneath the hood and we had been in a position to take pleasure in it one closing time whereas evaluating it to the Hellcat engine.
Our Tremendous Bee confirmed up within the extra enticing of two Tremendous Bee colours: B5 Blue, one other shade resurrected from the traditional muscle automotive palette of the early 1970’s. Tremendous Bee badges adorned the flanks and grille of the automotive, whereas applique’s had been set upon the hood and the rear fenders. The look was traditional muscle automotive throwback and Dodge even threw in one other enjoyable muscle automotive attribute: hood pins. Parked in our lot, the Tremendous Bee appeared prefer it needed to go play, bully some Prius’, and possibly goad some Mustang Shelby Cobras into operating for pink slips.
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Inside was black leather-based and alcantara – fairly monochromatic however tastefully completed and cozy. The controls had been easy and simple to make use of. Seats had been supportive and cozy; properly bolstered however not tough to get into and out of. Adjustable for nearly each physique measurement and form. The seats had been heated and ventilated.
Beneath the hood was Dodge’s venerable 6.4L Hemi V8, which roars like a lion and chases down every part that dares threaten it. Enormous quantities of horsepower and torque, as you’ll be able to think about. The ability is transferred by means of an 8-speed computerized to the rear wheels, wrapped in drag racing tires that caught like glue to the asphalt and turned 0-60 occasions of simply over 4 seconds. Whereas not as highly effective or as quick because it’s Hellcat brethren, it appeared simpler to utilize the facility when driving. The paddle shifters labored with the engine slightly properly, whereas within the Hellcat automobiles it’s straightforward to get caught up within the acceleration and also you neglect to shift and simply bang in opposition to the rev limiter. The Tremendous Bee had an excellent steadiness of energy.
The suspension, whereas not the adjustable sort, was agency and composed however very forgiving. I’d have preferred a bit of firmer setup however I used to be pleased sufficient with it. Dodge discovered a contented medium that ought to maintain almost everybody pleased. They name it “drag-oriented” suspension so I assume it’s not precisely meant for twisty roads but it surely did simply advantageous on them.
The brakes had been Brembo 4-piston calipers straddling giant brake rotors. They stopped the automotive amazingly quick and by no means light, which wasn’t sudden since we didn’t push it on the monitor or something whereas we had it. However they had been there after we wanted them they usually did amazingly properly at scrubbing off pace quick. Very confidence inspiring.
We acquired loads of consideration within the Tremendous Bee. I feel the enjoyable B5 blue paint and Tremendous Bee design cues acquired individuals’s consideration.
EPA mileage was alleged to be 15 within the metropolis and 24 on the freeway for a median of 18mpg. I doubt we acquired that, as usually as we had been stomping on the gasoline peddle, however there’s extra to automobiles that mileage. Can I get an “amen”?
Our Tremendous Bee stickered at $63,985, which we didn’t suppose was dangerous given all of the know-how, efficiency, and creature comforts it got here with. Base worth was solely $50k.
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We’ve tried a number of completely different fashions of the Charger over time and have cherished each considered one of them. We’re unhappy to see it go, however we’ll take pleasure in loads of fond recollections of burnouts and excessive pace runs. Thanks, Dodge, for making a few of the coolest automobiles on the planet and reigniting our love with Detroit muscle. Godspeed.