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Barracuda to replace Challenger in 2014

Hot Detroit Rumor: Chrysler to Replace Dodge Challenger with a Barracuda!

Written by: Todd Lassa on January 8 2012 8:20 PM

DETROIT — The 2012 North American International Auto Show has barely opened to the international press, and already the hottest rumor on the show floor is that Chrysler/Fiat is working on a replacement for the Dodge Challenger. It will be called Barracuda (though probably not Plymouth) and could be ready in time to launch for the original’s 50th anniversary, which would be a couple of months before the Ford Mustang’s 50th anniversary in April 2014 and the launch of that new car. Two unimpeachable — though not inside — sources have told me about the Barracuda. The Dodge Challenger is the most literal interpretation of its ancestor. Because it uses the DodgeCharger/Chrysler 300 platform, it has the high front cowl of those two large sedans, and so its overall length is considerably longer than the 1970-74 Challenger, which already was the biggest car in its class. That Challenger shared its platform with the 1970-74 Barracuda, but with a stretched wheelbase.
The ’74 Challenger was followed by a Mitsubishi-sourced coupe because it needed to be morefuelefficient to get through mid-decade gas prices. There is no way to follow up the current Challenger without either changing everything but the sheetmetal, or fully redesigning it to make it look nothing like the ’70-’74/’08-current model. If Chrysler is going to redesign it, why not make it a radical departure?
A 2014 Barracuda would be much shorter, lighter and smaller overall than the current car, something we’re hoping to see from the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro. It would not use the newCharger/300′s LY platform, but would be on a shorter rear-wheel-drive platform, probably something closer to the Hyundai Genesis coupe.
What makes this scenario economically plausible is that such a platform also would serve Alfa Romeo well, with a new moderately priced RWD platform for a sports car and sports coupe. The question is whether the platform would package a V-8 for the Barracuda as well as a small, high-output and probably breathed-on turbo four for Alfa.
The Dodge Challenger launched in the 2008 model year, which means a five year cycle would end with MY13. A new Barracuda would launch in the 2014 model year. Ford plans to unveil an all-new Mustang in Spring of 2014 as a 2015 model. The original Mustang made its debut in April 1964 at the New York Auto Show as a ’65 model.
One source speculates that the new Barracuda would borrow a number of cues from the original, fastback Valiant model, all the way through the 1970-74 model, when the Barracuda converged with the Challenger and no longer used the Valiant platform. Will the new car be a fastback, like the 1964-66 model, or a notchback, like the ’70-’74, or both, like the ’67-’69?
We’d bet on the notchback, at least, because it would make it easy for Chrysler to do a convertible as well, a better way to compete with Mustang and Chevy Camaro.

Read more: Hot Detroit Rumor: Chrysler to Replace Dodge Challenger with a Barracuda! - Motor Trend Blog

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it is believable especially since the dart version is out.

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That would be interesting to say the least. Lets just hope they can pull off another awesome retro styled version as they did with our beloved Challenger. I would hate to see another 1980-ish Challenger design....

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and this is where the 426 will go
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It will be awesome. I will stay with my beloved Challenger, but maybe I could talk the wife into getting one for her. It will be a short conversation, she loves my car.
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Looks like our challengers will go up in value.


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Maybe Dodge can get it right this time. Truly separate the SRT bad azz from the RT and SE/SX versions. Why, because they all look the same now and have the same name (Challenger). Maybe the SRT model will be the CUDA and have distinct looks. I hope so.
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Originally Posted by STRONGNUFF View Post
Looks like our challengers will go up in value.

^^^I agree. Hold on to your Challengers like we should have done with our baseball cards when we were little.
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I have renewed faith in Dodge. That 426 should go in there, and if this car is 300-500 pounds lighter than the current car, the mileage would probably be even better as well. I hope they offer a N/A V-8 for the car though instead of these turbo 6s and 4s that seem to be hitting the market in droves. I was thinking of trading my car for a used 2012 392 within the next two years, but it appears better to wait now. I don't think we will see this car until the auto show circuit in late 2013/early 2014 though or about 2 years from now, which would make it a 2015 model. This makes sense as this is when the Charger/300 are due for a redesign as well. I don't know about the cars having al different platforms though. It would make more sense from a cost perspective to still share the platform with the sedans but just make it smaller. BUT the Mustang has its own platform and is arguably better for it. Ralph Gilles said Chrysler is tired of finishing at the bottom. Time to collect.

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This is the line that scare me:"One source speculates that the new Barracuda would borrow a number of cues from the original, fastback Valiant model, all the way through the 1970-74 model,"

The Challenger takes it lines from the original, but this line seems to suggest that it could be an amalgomation of years, much like the Mustang is. If it doesnt stick with one of three "styles" from back then, its going to simply be a mish mash.. Time will tell.
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