2015 SRT Barracuda to Replace outgoing Dodge Challenger

1970 AAR ‘Cuda

The Dodge Challenger is common in the local US market. It lives in the same name and glory of many other muscle cars. Chrysler and Fiat have now decided to reincarnate the Barracuda in 2015 as a replacement of the current Challenger range. Reports say that it will join the SRT range. It will be much smaller than its predecessor.

The current Challenger is based on Chrysler’s LX platform, which is derived from the W210 E-class Mercedes (1996-2002) with much of its components first appearing in the 1982 W201 (190E) era. The Barracuda is expected to be more than eight inches shorter than the Challenger and will have a wheelbase reduced by six inches, just like the Ford Mustang. It will shed off 160kg over the current Challenger.

The Barracuda will likely get three engine options; a 2.4 liter inline-four force-fed Tigershark, a direct-injected version of the Pentastar V6 3.6 liter and a direct-injected HEMI V8 topped with some extra power. The multi-link layout for the suspension may be retained, but with a different geometry.

The main quesion is if the Barracuda will return strong enough to beat the Mustang like it did back in the 60′s and if it is able to compete with the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang.

Published: October 5, 2012 3:26 pm

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  • Supreme Challenger

    i honestly think it could beat the camaro & the mustang.

  • http://www.gtspirit.com Earlsimx

    @GS car and driver but thanks will consider those :P

  • GuitarSlinger

    And in answer to your question ;

    ” The main quesion is if the Barracuda will return strong enough to beat the Mustang like it did back in the 60′s and if it is able to compete with the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang ”

    In light of the facts on hand ….. a definitive …… NO ! Fact is it’ll be lucky if it can compete with the SubaYota ….

  • GuitarSlinger

    Errrrrrrr….. y’all got your information just a wee bit wrong there folks

    Here’s the facts on the ( Cough ) ‘new ‘ Barracuda

    1) It will in fact be based on a FIAT FWD platform
    2) Therefore there will be no V8′s or anything else of much use in such a car on offer
    3) It Will be an economy car much like the Mustang II of old and not a competitor for the Mustang and Camaro
    4) It will be a POS and has a snowballs chance in Hades of selling in the US .. for proof see what the DART is doing ( sitting on dealers lots collecting dust for the most part )

    Where’s this info coming from you ask ? Here’s the list ; AutolineDetroit NYTimes AutoWeek Jalopnik The TruthAboutCars Bloomberg Reuters etc