Move over Challenger: The Barracuda is coming back
The myth, the legend, the Dodge Barracuda is coming in 2020
– All signs point to a Barracuda comeback
– A performance model with a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 will be available
– It will be sleeker and faster than the Dodge Challenger
With the death of the Dodge Viper in 2017, there has been a lot of speculation about its successor. Many are hoping it will be the highly-anticipated return of the Dodge Barracuda. The website Autowise reported the Connor Avenue Assembly Plant, where the Viper was manufactured, is working on a new “specialty” car with “legendary roots” to begin production in 2020.
No doubt, Dodge is relishing in all this speculation of a possible Barracuda return. A Google search for “2020 Dodge Barracuda,” netted over 1.8 million results. With retro cars being all the rage the last few years, Dodge likely wants to get in on more of the action.
They’re looking to compete with the Ford Mustang and the Chevy Camaro. The price point is said to be around $60,000 or $70,000 for the performance model and other models starting around $28,000.
There has not been an official announcement yet, but many automotive pundits feel it’s only a matter of time.
So what will it look like?
There’s a lot of buzz that the classic car will be revamped and designed after the third-generation Barracuda. This will give it a nostalgiac look to attract car buyers looking to get into the muscle car arena. It will likely be available in limited editions with many performance options to choose from. Autowise also reported the car would be called either Dodge or Chrysler SRT Cuda.
Rumors are circulating there will be a choice of two different engine blocks. The first being the V-6, or for the higher performance model, a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 capable of 600 brake horsepower. If you’re looking for power underneath that hood, the HEMI does not disappoint.
Though inspired by the Dodge Challenger SRT, the manufacturer wants their new car to be a step above it. The revamped Challenger came out in 2007, so it’s considered “old” by car release standards. The ‘Cuda will be sleeker with better aerodynamics. It will also be lighter than the Challenger to give it more power.
If all goes as planned, it would begin production in 2020. The new interior of the ‘Cuda will be luxurious with upgraded safety features and better gas mileage. It should be comfortable to drive even at fast speeds.
In its heyday, the Barracuda was known as one of the fastest muscle cars around. Initially, it was called the Plymouth Barracuda. It was manufactured from 1964 to 1974. It went through three generations during that time, with each new model having a different body style. It was also available as a convertible in the third generation.
It debuted just before the first generation release of the Ford Mustang, also in 1964. The Mustang would go on to compete with the Barracuda for many years to come. With the coming of safety and exhaust regulations in the ’70s, the Barracuda’s performance went down until it was finally discontinued in 1974.
It’s all speculation until we see a Barracuda on the showroom floor. However, by most accounts, this time it’s going to be a reality.
There has not been an official announcement confirming the Dodge Barracuda yet, but many automotive pundits feel it’s only a matter of time.
According to Autowise, the Barracuda’s new design will be inspired by the Alfa Romeo Giulia. Dodge is doing its best to combine luxury, safety, and speed, which will be accomplished if all of this comes together as planned. Dodge previously put Barracuda hopefuls through two different release dates. In 2007, there were reported plans to release a new Barracuda in 2009. But it did not come to fruition.
Then again, in 2012, there was a rumor about the release of a new and improved Barracuda in 2014. Once again, hopes were dashed. Surely, Dodge would not do that to Barracuda lovers again, would they?
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