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Rumor Mill: Dodge Challenger To Become Barracuda

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On: Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 5:03PM | By: Chris Salamone

Rumor Mill: Dodge Challenger To Become Barracuda

If we learned anything from Detroit this year, it’s that American automakers are ripe with engineering innovation, bold design plans, and business strategy. And, to top it all off, rumors are popping up all over the internet of one particularly enticing possibility. A few credible sources mentioned by Motor Trend speculate that Dodge intends to replace the current Challenger with another blast from the past, the former Plymouth Barracuda.

But don’t expect a revival of the Plymouth nameplate, this Cuda might surface as soon as 2014 – just in time for the model’s 50 year anniversary.

A new Barracuda would likely be significantly shorter, lighter, and smaller than the outgoing Challenger. Perhaps coincidentally, this is the very same trend auto buffs are expecting to see with the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro makeover and future Ford Mustang. In order to create a smaller muscle car, Dodge will probably need to source a different rear wheel drive platform because the current Challenger’s 300-based underpinnings wouldn’t translate well to a smaller package.

To make matters more interesting, a Barracuda looks even more plausible once we take into account the needs of Alfa Romeo – who could definitely benefit from an affordable joint-venture RWD platform – and consider that the Dodge Challenger’s 5 year cycle should come to a close in 2013. What we have here is a perfect storm of intercompany demand, timing, and the unavoidable hand of fate: few car junkies will be able to ignore the 50th Anniversary of the legendary Barracuda.

What would an all-new Cuda look like? The original Valiant model, which featured a fastback body type, might be a strong contender for inspiration…especially in light of the vehicle’s anniversary. But Motor Trend posits that a notchback style would allow Chrysler to make a reasonable convertible and compete with the other muscle makers Ford and Chevy. So which will it be: fastback, or notchback? Your guess is as good as ours.

But if we had to bet, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see a new Barracuda which took design cues from the original 1968 Super Stock Hemi. Of every generation, that particular model is probably the most desirable and collectable, not to mention devilishly good looking.

Although this might be one of the more exciting rumors of the past year, please refrain from restructuring your retirement plan to include a newly-minted Cuda remake. Well, at least until Dodge releases some kind of confirmation.



Stephy21 | 11:12AM (Thu, Jan 26, 2012)

If they do make this Barracuda that would be awesome.


Sami18 | 11:16AM (Thu, Jan 26, 2012)

I really hope they do make this Barracuda, alot of people would be very happy with it.

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