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by Patrick Rall
For the fourth installation of our FauxPar debunking series, we will discuss the 2016 Dodge Coronet Super Bee.
This might be the most ridiculous of the current fake news stories going around the Internet, as it has absolutely no company background of any kind, while the details in the “reports” about this car are the definition of “too good to be true.”
The rumor of the 2016 Dodge Coronet Super Bee has been making its round on Facebook all year via a handful of nonsense news sites with names like “Top Auto News,” “Super Fast Car News,” etc. Regardless of the outlet, the story is pretty much the same. These stories usually include an image of a badly photoshopped fifth generation Camaro, wearing Plymouth badges. The story is truly ridiculous from start to finish, but it keeps getting spread around the Internet as fact.
The 2016 Dodge Coronet Super Bee is supposed to arrive in September 2015 as the high performance package of the 2016 Dodge Coronet – which also isn’t real. In Super Bee trim, the Coronet is alleged to be powered by the Hellcat 6.2L supercharged Hemi with a 6-speed Tremec manual transmission, along wtih Brembo brakes, 20 inch wheels, sport suspension and cloth seats — all for just $31,850.
Got that? A Hellcat Coronet for under $32,000, less than half the price of any other Hellcat.
The story elaborates even further, detailing a special edition package that adds HID headlights, special stripes, and anniversary logos — although I’m not sure what anniversary it might be commemorating. There is also a premium package with leather, heated seats, heads up display, and even some ridiculous items such as an “auxiliary control unit” — whatever that might be.
The piece ends by explaining that the Coronet Super Bee convertible with start at just $41,900, which is a smoking hot deal for a 707hp muscle car.
In case you didn’t think “Whoa…that is all a bunch of nonsense,” I’m here to tell you that it is all a bunch of nonsense.
First, any car debuting next month would have been known about months ago, if not last year. Second, Chrysler can’t make enough Hellcat Hemi engines for cars with a price tag starting north of $60,000, especially with the Trackhawk coming to soak up any production gains. Third, a car like this would be met with a tremendous amount of pre-sales fanfare, including a media circus and full details from the automaker. They don’t release cars as a surprise, and with September 2015 less than a week away, it is clear that these bunk reports are nothing but clickbait.
The Dodge Coronet Super Bee sounds beautiful on paper, but it is 100% untrue and we should all just be happy to have the Hellcat Challenger.
The actual Dodge Coronet and Super Bee
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