2015 SRT Barracuda

By | September 23, 2012

1970 Plymouth Barracuda

Rumors of the upcoming SRT Barracuda have had gearheads ruminating for months now.  There has been speculation that the upcoming ‘Cuda could replace the current Challenger, while others believe Chrysler would prefer the big Dodge to have another performance stablemate.

With Plymouth now residing in Boot Hill, it’s pretty clear that the Barracuda will be launched as an SRT model and probably as early as 2015.  We haven’t really seen any teasers of the car yet that are worth talking much about but our ears have been itching and it appears that the Challenger may be on its way out.

In our opinion there can never be too many Hemi’s, especially when they wear names like ‘Cuda and Challenger. Unfortunately when topics such as CAFE requirements are discussed, multiple models packing high powered Hemi’s quite literally become the Elephant* in the room… pun intended.

For all intents and purposes, the SRT Barracuda and the Dodge Challenger fall under the umbrella of Chrysler.  With the new CAFE ratings, each manufacturer is held to certain fuel economy standards that are averaged out across its fleet.  Obviously two gas guzzling muscle cars that hail back to the era of the original days of Mopar madness would cut down on that rating.

From what we know it’s pretty clear the the Barracuda will be considerably less stout when compared to the current challenger (Considering mass rather than power rating here as the Barracuda will probably have the option of the SRT 6.4L). We believe both cars would have place in the ranks at the same time from a sales perspective.  They wouldn’t necessarily compete with each other and would attract different buyers.  The question is, can Chrysler make it work with CAFE requirements, which become increasingly stringent each year.

We impatiently await more concrete evidence of the Barracuda’s styling and layout.  So far the most we know is that possibly a 2015 model year release is in order.  The new Barracuda will most likely replace the Challenger (tear) on a smaller platform, and it will have multiple engine options ranging from the Darts 2.4L with forced induction and topping out with the bad boy 6.4L Hemi V8.  Stay tuned and cross your fingers that there will be room for the Challenger under the pentastar roof.

Source: Motor Authority

*The mighty 426 Hemi used in many of the Mopar muscle cars of the 1960′s and 1970′s was often referred to as the Elephant, due to it’s massive size and power output.

 

 


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