Dodge to Replace Challenger with Barracuda?
Report says 2014 model would celebrate nameplate's 50th anniversary, shrink the footprint of Dodge's muscle-car offering.
Keeping in mind that this is all just conjecture, MT speculates that the new 'Cuda wouldn't share the LY platform used with the Charger and the Chrysler 300, opting instead to go "shorter, lighter and smaller overall than the current [Challenger]," likely with a shorter rear-wheel-drive platform "closer to the Hyundai Genesis coupe."
What that means, of course, is that Fiat's Alfa Romeo could also make use of the platform -- and that means engine options could range from a V8 for the Barracuda to a turbo four in the Alfa.
Lastly, MT says a fastback design is an option, but a notchback more likely, as it would also allow Dodge to throw another drop-top into the mix to compete with the open-air muscle from Ford and Chevrolet.
[Source: Motor Trend.]
Give me back my 66 Cuda with its 273 CID engine, 727 Torque Flight Tranny. My wife and I put 208,000 miles on ours and it was only when the family started to arrive (son and daughter) that we moved up to the 73 Polara. Desigh a new Cuda with a bit of the old lines and Chrysler will have a winner. PS. My Cuda use to eat 289 Ford Mustangs for lunch and even afew for dinner.
MT you tease me so. A lighter coupe AND the Barracuda name. I'm excited about the new Super Bee model and now this bit of conjecture..... Figure it out Sergio, lets go here. I like a mix of old and new in the product lines. There is nothing wrong with having 40+ mpg misers in the stable along with ground pounding monsters that live on "heritage" nameplates.
a good idea for the platform sharing. i have heard some demand for the barracuda.
true they could still produce both the cuda and challenger.
my big question is are they going to bring back the plymouth name?? and for what?
maybe rebrand fiats as plymouth? how would the dealer net works work?
(sell it as a dodge or chrysler)
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