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Monday, September 15, 2014

Greenlight 2007 Dodge Charger SRT-8 and SuperBee

Earlier I profiled the 2012 Dodge Charger and commented on how nicely-done this casting was with detailed headlights and a proper Police car look.  What you didn't see was how bad the 2012 SuperBee version was with its tiny wheels and the wrong Hemi motor (it still uses the 5.7 instead of the 6.4).  However, while the Police car doesn't look right, the 2007 Charger only came in SRT-8 flavor outside of the Police version, and that time it was properly done!

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Fast, RWD, V8 American Sedan

After brief turns from Chevy and Mercury for reviving the long-lost big V8 muscle car in a full-size American sedan, Dodge got in the act with it's new 2006 Charger.  Yea, sure the Charger has four-doors, but no one can complain that this is a proper American sedan with rear-wheel drive and Hemi V8 power in an aggressive package.  Want more? Go for the SRT-8.  In it you get a 6.1L Hemi V8 with larger and exposed intake runners, to get 425 hp. and 490 Ib-ft. of torque through a 5-speed automatic (want a manual, get the Challenger).  The LX platform uses some suspension pieces from the Mercedes-Benz E-class generation from the late 1990's.  Yea, sure its borrowed parts, but it would be impossible to create this car without them!  The styling has aggressive headlights with crosshair grille and a new bumper with additional scoops to cool the front brakes.  The hood now has a Viper-like hood scoop, a rear spoiler, and larger 5-sp. wheels.  The interior is rather plasticky and has a large steering wheel the size of a 20 inch wheel, but has nicely laid-out controls, white-faced gauges, and plenty of room for five.  The SuperBee adds Inferno Yellow paint with black graphics, black hood and rear spoiler, and was limited to only 1,000 units in 2007.

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SuperBee vs. Custom

My first version of this casting was in 2007 as the black-on-blue custom with blacked-out Craiger mag wheels.  The headlights and taillights are only graphics, but nicely done.  The stance is aggressive, and the weight of the beltline is accurate, saying this is a big car!  The base is in metal and has the proper details, including the dual exhaust in the rear.  The interior is accurate as well.  Nice, but I'd prefer a stock SRT-8, and I had the chance when a metallic orange version was announced, but the end result in the Barrett-Jackson release was a different, flat orange with silver instead of chrome 5-spoke wheels.  So I turned my attention to the Welly 1:18 or 1:24 R/T Daytona in the same orange with matching color trim pieces inside.  I was almost about to get one until I saw one in a pharmacy one day and was unimpressed.

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Then I found this SuperBee from an online retail. Rejoice!!!  It has the proper stock look with the chrome stock 5-spoke wheels, but with added flair of the SuperBee package and flat-black hood.  It looks even more impressive than the black/blue custom version!  The hood was a pain to get open, but one I finally unstuck it from the excess paint does the engine show off more details including the silver intake runners and HEMI on the valve covers with added details on the shock towers; none of which is found on the black/blue version!

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So my quest to find a perfectly stock SuperBee/Daytona/SRT8 from the previous generation has finally come to a close...unless another fantastic model shows up next?

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