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There are cars that fly under the radar and then there is the 2013 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee in Plum Crazy. This one’s not for shrinking violets, the Super Bee is a “hey, look at me” car, from its insanely bold color, to throaty exhaust and much needed wing. No losing the Bee in the parking lot, it will be surround by a crowd of admirers, the belle of the ball. It’s a dude magnet – and perhaps the perfect cougar car.

Why you ask? That simple – the rear wheel drive Charger SRT8 Super Bee is a good sized family sedan, with a Black Friday outlet mall sized trunk, head and leg room enough for an NBA team, remote keyless access, supportive fabric seats with good sized bolsters and special Super Bee embroidery on the driver and front passenger seats, rock solid handling, a SRT leather-wrapped steering wheel that was beefy enough to control the 470 hp Super Bee, traction control and of course a full complement of airbags, Bluetooth, Unconnect 4.3, a remote USB port and audio jack for my iPod. Baby seats in the back? Not a problem. The double seals on the windows and doors make the Super Bee quiet as a sleeping hive; the only sound you hear inside the Charger is the wonderful tailpipe symphony, the ultimate gear head lullaby.

But don’t let the Charger SRT8 Super Bee’s practical side fool you. Driving it is like having the devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other. The devil keeps pushing you to explore the limits of the Super Bee’s 6.4L V8 HEMI, to see if the speedometer needle will really hit the 180 mph mark, the angel reminds you the engine has an economy mode, with fuel saver technology . Boring, but cylinder deactivation helps the Charger SRT8 Super Bee achieve an EPA estimated 14 city/23 highway/17 combined mpg. There’s a reason there’s a 392 HEMI badge on the front fenders, you need the 14.2-inch vented and slotted Brembo brakes and 20-inch Goodyear Eagle F1to stop the 5,300 lbs. Charger before the other brightly colored Chargers on the highway spot you – the ones painted Michigan State Trooper Blue. There’s a G-meter tucked inside the SRT vehicle information center, the Charger SRT8 Super Bee takes you from mild to wild in the blink of an eye. Oh, and my favorite part of the vehicle information center? The Super Bee graphic that appears when you fire up the engine. It adds to the playful, tongue -in-cheek nature of the car.
The rest of the technical specs are pretty straight forward. That beast of a 6.4L V8 Hemi is paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission, equipped to handle the 470 ft.-lb. of torque the Bee puts out. Yeah, there’s an AutoStick with a sport mode and optional paddle shifters, but the Charger SRT8 Super Bee is a real honey of a ride when you leave it to do its own shifting.
Of all the cars I’ve tested, the 2013 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee was the one that got the most longing looks from males between 8 and 80. It’s the car people slowed down to check out in my driveway. It’s the car people asked me about at gas stations and the one most frequently challenged at stop lights; I’ve never been asked quarter mile times on a four-door sedan before. No one has ever asked me about $1,000 gas guzzler tax before either. With a base price of $42,250 ($44,690 as tested) the Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee may be the perfect answer to the age old question of what goes in the garage next to the family minivan.

Written by Eve Pickman, with Editor Christina Selter and photos by Ingo Rautenberg, the images were shot at Eastern Market, Detroit, Michigan.