Dodge Super Bee

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Dodge Super Bee
'69 Dodge Coronet Super Bee (Cruisin' At The Boardwalk '10).jpg
ManufacturerChrysler Corporation (1968–1980)
DaimlerChrysler (2007)
Chrysler LLC (2008–09)
1970–1980 (Mexico only)
Body and chassis
ClassMuscle car
LayoutFR layout

The Dodge Super Bee is a muscle car marketed by Dodge, that was produced for the 1968 through 1971 model years.[1]

The Super Bee model name was resurrected for the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, and 2013 Dodge Charger Super Bee models.[2][3][4]


'70 Dodge Coronet Super Bee (Cruisin' At The Boardwalk '10).jpg
AssemblyNewark, Delaware, United States
Body and chassis
RelatedDodge Coronet
Plymouth Satellite
Dodge Charger
Plymouth Road Runner
Plymouth GTX
Plymouth Belvedere
EngineAll V8s:
Power outputHorsepower:
  • 335 hp (250 kW)
  • 390 hp (291 kW)
  • 425 hp (317 kW)
  • 425 lb⋅ft (576 N⋅m)
  • 490 lb⋅ft (664 N⋅m)
Transmission4-speed manual
3-speed Torqueflite automatic
Wheelbase117.0 in (2,972 mm)

The original Dodge Super Bee was based on the Dodge Coronet two-door coupe, and was produced from 1968 until 1970.[5] It was Dodge's low-priced powerful muscle car and a rebadged version of the Plymouth Road Runner. The origin of the name, "Super Bee", has its basis in the "B" Body designation pertinent to Chrysler's mid-sized cars, including the Road Runner and Charger.[6]

Plymouth's Road Runner sales were enough to have Dodge Division General Manager, Robert McCurry, request a similar model from the Dodge Styling office. Senior designer, Harvey J. Winn, won a "contest" with the name "Super Bee" and a new logo design based on the Dodge "Scat Pack" Bee medallion.[7] The design of the first Super Bee was influenced by the 1968 Coronet convertible and the show car's interior was built by the Alexander Brothers. The show car was introduced at the 1968 Detroit Auto Show.[8]

Although the two cars are similar in external appearance, the Super Bee was slightly heavier (approx. 65 lb (29 kg)) and rode on a 117-inch (3,000 mm) wheelbase compared to the Road Runner's 116 in (2,900 mm) wheelbase.[9][10] In addition to minor external differences, such as larger rear wheel openings, the bumblebee tailstripe and fancier grille, and the taillight ornamentation, the Super Bee also used actual diecast chrome-plated "Bee" medallions. These three-dimensional medallions were prominently mounted in a raised position in the grille/hood area and the trunklid/taillight area of the car throughout the first three years of production.[11]

The Super Bee used dash cluster from the Dodge Charger, while the 4-speed manual transmission cars received a Hurst Competition-Plus shifter with Hurst linkage;[6] this shifter compared to the Road Runner's less expensive Inland shifter and linkage.[12] Due to the higher-quality accessories attached to the Super Bee, the car was sold at a higher price in comparison to the Plymouth version and this had a negative effect on sales.[6]

The Super Bee was available with the Hemi engine.[13] This option raised the price by 33%, and only 125 were sold. The 1968 model was only sold as a two-door coupe, with two engine options, the base 335 hp (250 kW) 383 Magnum, and the 426 Hemi, rated at 425 hp (317 kW).[6]

The Super Bee included a heavy-duty suspension, an optional Mopar A833 4-speed manual transmission, and high-performance tires.[14] Outside, a stripe (with the bee logo) was wrapped around the tail.[15]

A hardtop version joined the existing pillared coupe body in 1969 and a new optional twin-scooped air induction hood, the "Ramcharger", became available.[16] This particular option was coded N-96 and was the counterpart to the Plymouth Road Runner's "Coyote Duster" air induction hood. The "Ramcharger" hood featured forward-facing scoops.

1969 Dodge Coronet Super Bee A12 "Six-Pack"

A "six-pack" (three two-barrel Holley carburetors) version of Dodge's 440 cu in (7.2 L) engine was added to the offering list mid-year rated at 390 bhp (395 PS; 291 kW) @ 4700 rpm and 490 lb⋅ft (664 N⋅m) @ 3600 rpm of torque.[17][18] The option code for this was A12, which changed the 5th digit of the VIN to M. These special order 1969 1/2 Dodge Super Bees are known as A12 M-code cars. The A12 package also equipped the cars with a Dana 60 axle with a 4:10 gear-ratio, heavy duty automatic transmission or a 4-speed manual, and a 'lift off' flat black scooped hood. Other components to the A12 package included heavy duty internal engine parts, black steel rims with high performance G-70 15" tires, and heavy duty 11" drum brakes. Only 1,907 A12 M-code 440 Six Pack 1969 1/2 Dodge Super Bees were produced. This option fell half-way between the standard engine and the Hemi as a USD463 option. The 1969 model year included the base 383 Magnum, 440 Six Pack, and the 426 Hemi. The 440 Magnum (4bbl) was reserved for the Coronet R/T.

For the 1970 model, the Super Bee received a redesign and a new front-end that consisted of a twin-looped front bumper that Dodge Public Relations referred to as "bumble bee wings".[19] Sales fell for the year from 15,506 in 1970 to 5,054 in 1971—because of, or in spite of, this new look, with another sales pressure coming from higher insurance rates for performance cars; the similar Plymouth Road Runner and Plymouth Duster both experienced similar sales issues.[20] In addition to the new looks, engine choices and "ramcharger" hood carried over from 1969, the 1970 cars from Dodge featured several new or improved options. For example, a "C- stripe" variant of the bumble stripe was offered, in addition to new high-back bucket seats, a steering column-mounted ignition and a "pistol grip" Hurst shifter on four-speed models.[citation needed]


Model years All V8s Power output Torque
1968–1970 383 cu in (6.3 L) "Magnum" 335 bhp (340 PS; 250 kW) 425 lb⋅ft (576 N⋅m)
1968–1970 426 cu in (7.0 L) Hemi 425 bhp (431 PS; 317 kW) 490 lb⋅ft (664 N⋅m)
1969–1970 440 cu in (7.2 L) Six-Pack 390 bhp (395 PS; 291 kW) 490 lb⋅ft (664 N⋅m)


1968: 7,842–7,717 (383), 125 (426 Hemi)
1969: 27,800–25,727 (383), 1,907 (440 Six Pack), 166 (426 Hemi)
1970: 15,506


AssemblyUnited States: Detroit, Michigan
Hamtramck, Michigan
Los Angeles, California
St. Louis, Missouri
Body and chassis
RelatedDodge Coronet
Plymouth Satellite
Dodge Charger
Plymouth Road Runner
Plymouth GTX
Engine340 cu in (5.6 L) V8
383 cu in (6.3 L) V8
426 cu in (7.0 L) V8
440 cu in (7.2 L) V8
Transmission4-speed manual
Torqueflite automatic

The 1971 Coronet line were built in four-door sedan and station wagon body versions, the Super Bee model was moved to the platform used by the Charger. Since an R/T muscle car version of the Charger already existed, the Super Bee was promoted as the low-priced model in the line, selling at USD$3,271. Production numbers of the Super Bee reached 5,054, including 22 with the Hemi engine.[citation needed] The moniker was discontinued until the 2007 Super Bee, a Charger SRT-8.

1971 was the first and only year that a small block engine (340 4-bbl) became available in the Super Bee.[21]


  • 1971: 340 in³ (5.6 L) Small-Block V8, 275 hp (205 kW)
  • 1971: 383 in³ (6.3 L) Big-Block V8, 300 hp (224 kW)
  • 1971: 440 in³ (7.2 L) Big-Block V8, 370 hp (275 kW)
  • 1971: 440 in³ (7.2 L) Big-Block V8, 385 hp (287 kW)
  • 1971: 426 in³ (7.0 L) Hemi V8, 425 hp (317 kW)
  • 1972: 400 in³ (6.6 L) Big-Block V8, 320 HP (4,800rpm,410 ft-lbs torque 3,200 rpm)

Mexican Valiant Super Bee[edit]

First generation (Mexico)
Valiant Super Bee 1975.jpg
AssemblyToluca, Mexico
Body and chassis
ClassSports Car
Body style2-door coupe
LayoutFR layout
RelatedDodge Dart
Plymouth Valiant
Plymouth Duster
Engine318 cu in (5.2 L) LA V8 (1970-1973)
360 cu in (5.9 L) LA V8 (1974-1976)
Transmission4-speed manual
3-speed TorqueFlite automatic
PredecessorPlymouth Barracuda
SuccessorDodge Magnum

In 1970, Chrysler of Mexico introduced the new Dodge Super Bee as a replacement for the company's previous sports car product, the Plymouth Barracuda. As the production and sale costs of the third-generation Barracuda in Mexico were too high, Dodge adapted the semi-fastback A-Body platform and introduced the Super Bee at the beginning.

The Super Bee was only available with the V8 318 engine (270 hp) and either a four-speed or three-speed manual transmission. The 1970 model was virtually identical to the Plymouth Duster (known in Mexico as the "Valiant Duster"), with side stripes and the Super Bee decals.[22]

In 1971, Dodge differentiated the Super Bee from the Duster, by using the grille from the American Dodge Demon. The model's body was modified on one further occasion, in 1972, and, by 1973, the front of the Dodge Dart became the standard design for the entire A Body line-up; the Duster, Super Bee, Valiant, and Dart all consisted of the same front grille, with the rear tail lights constituting the only difference between the Super Bee and the Valiant. However, in 1976, the final year for the A Body cars, the front grille of the Plymouth model became the standard design.

The Valiant Super Bee was equipped with the 318 V8 engine, with 270 hp, from 1970 to 1974; from 1975 to 1976, it contained the 360 V8 engine, with 300 hp—these engines had more power in Mexico than in the US, as Mexican anti-pollution laws were less strict in comparison to the US. Over the years, these models only received minor changes, such as new grilles, rear panels, and tail lights. The first generation was produced from 1970 to 1976; during the fall of 1975, Chrysler introduced the new F Body cars: the Dodge Aspen and Plymouth Volare (as 1976 models), while the Aspen R/T and Volare Road Runner were released as the sports versions.[23]

Second generation (Mexico)
Valiant Super Bee 1977.jpg
AssemblyToluca, Mexico
Body and chassis
Body style2-door coupe
RelatedDodge Aspen
Plymouth Volare
Engine360 cu in (5.9 L) LA V8
Transmission4-speed manual
3-speed TorqueFlite automatic
Wheelbase108.7 in (2,761 mm)
Length198.8 in (5,050 mm)
Width73.3 in (1,862 mm)
Height53.3 in (1,354 mm)

Chrysler de México continued to use old model names after they were dropped in the U.S. marketplace. The Dodge Aspen and Plymouth Volare, were sold in Mexico as the Dodge Dart and the Valiant Volare, and the sports version was named the Valiant Super Bee. The Mexican Dodge Dart consisted of the front of the US Plymouth Volare and the rear of the Dodge Aspen, while the Mexican Valiant Volare and the Dodge Super Bee consisted of the front of the Dodge Aspen and the rear of the US Plymouth Volare.

The Super Bee was equipped with the 360 V8 engine and 300 hp, the three-speed Torque Flite automatic transmission (or the four-speed manual transmission), sports wide wheels, front spoiler, and a rear spoiler-style Trans Am with the Super Bee spelling (with an optional blind in the rear window). The federal highway patrol used Super Bee as a squad car. For the 1980-model year, the Super Bee received a new front with rectangular headlamps.

For the 1981-model year, the Dodge Diplomat was introduced in Mexico, under the name of Dodge Dart (replacing the Dodge Aspen), and was considered a luxury car. A new sports version of the 1981 Dodge Dart replaced the Valiant Super Bee and is now called the Dodge Magnum—the version consisted of the 360 V8 engine and 270 hp, with variations in transmissions: The three-speed automatic and the four-speed manual.


Dodge Charger (LX) versions
2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee.jpg
AssemblyBrampton, Ontario, Canada
Body and chassis
ClassFull size
Body style4-door sedan
PlatformChrysler LX platform
RelatedDodge Charger
Chrysler 300
Dodge Magnum
Dodge Challenger
Engine6.1 L V8
Transmission5-speed W5A580 automatic
Wheelbase304.8 cm (120.0 in)
Length508.3 cm (200.1 in)
Width189 cm (74.5 in)
Height148 cm (58.2 in)

A new 2007 Super Bee model was introduced at the 2006 North American International Auto Show. This model is based on the Dodge Charger SRT-8 and its exterior consists of special "Detonator Yellow" paint, a "Flat Black" hood and fender "decals". The production version consisted of a hood decal, rather than an entirely black hood, and the "hockey stick" stripe on the side was changed from solid black to a dashed black stripe positioned at the bottom of the exterior. The wheels are fully polished and do not contain the silver painted areas of the "stock" SRT8 Charger. The interior is completely black, with yellow accent stitching on the seats and shift knob; this is unlike the "two-tone" interior of the standard SRT8 Charger which consists of red stitching (this is the only model that contains such an interior, as the Charger interior changed in 2008). The appearance of the shifter "bezel" and center console resemble that of carbon fibre, and the Super Bee logo appears in the instrument cluster during "power up", instead of the SRT logo.

It is a limited edition car, with only 1000 built for model year 2007, with build dates as early as August 2006. Each car is built in Brampton Assembly Plant, then shipped to Windsor to have decals applied and unique number plaque applied to the passenger side of the dash. Number sequence on dash, does not necessarily follow build order, as multiple "Bees" were shipped to Windsor by car carrier and order was not retained. It uses the same 425 bhp (317 kW; 431 PS) HEMI 6.1 Liter engine as the SRT8 versions of the Dodge Charger, Dodge Magnum, Dodge Challenger and Chrysler 300C.


For the 2008 model year, the Super Bee was only made in "B5 Blue Pearl Coat" (sometimes listed as "Surf Blue Pearl"[24][25]), reminiscent of the blue used by Chrysler vehicles in the 1960s and 1970s. Instead of fully polished SRT8 Charger wheels, the "pockets" are painted black on the ALCOA rims. Blue accent stitching inside replaces the yellow found on the seats and steering wheel, but the Charger's interior was changed for 2008, so the dash and console are different than the 2007 version interior.This year also Introduced Touch Screen Navigation and In Dash DVD player. Again, it was based on the SRT-8 model and used the 6.1L engine, and had a limited production run of 1000.


For the 2009 model year, the Super Bee was only made in "Hemi Orange Pearl Coat",[26] and was based on the SRT-8 model. The Super Bee used the 6.1L engine, and had a limited production run of only 425. This year also introduced touch screen navigation and in dash DVD player with hardrive. ALCOA rims were standard this year only.


In 2011, the Super Bee SRT-8 returned as a 2012 model on the redesigned Dodge Charger with the 392 HEMI engine (6.4L) in "Stinger Yellow" and "Pitch Black" colors, with additional colors being added for 2013 and 2014. This version of the Super Bee returned to the name's roots as a "budget" muscle car, devoid of most luxury items yet maintaining high performance in the form of a less expensive SRT model.[27]


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