Is Dodge Planning To Revive Barracuda Next Year?
Photo credit: Mopar, 2017 Barracuda Concept
Widespread speculation has returned for one special nameplate that many have expected to return; the Barracuda. Some sources have recently brought up long touted rumors that the 2020 Dodge Barracuda is the next hot item to come out in the muscle car segment. Why has this name been brought up? Well, Dodge did end its Viper sports car in 2017 after producing the Viper every year since 1992 (with the exception of 2007). So, what has taken the Viper’s place? Well, Dodge has focused solely on their other vehicles, most notably their Charger and Challenger, but also on their popular Dodge Journey and the Dodge Grand Caravan. However, the Grand Caravan is meeting the end of its run as well, so now the Dodge brand can introduce a new vehicle with ease should they want to.
Rumors About the Upcoming Barracuda
The Barracuda was originally under the Plymouth brand, which became the Dodge brand as all vehicles from the Plymouth brand that remain are either a Dodge or Chrysler vehicle today. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has already produced the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica with its lower trims being built as the Chrysler Voyager, a throwback to its time as a Plymouth minivan product. The Barracuda nameplate goes all the way back to 1964 when it was a hardtop pony car. Production lasted till 1974 and there was also a coupe concept that was built in 1966 known as the Barracuda Formula SX. The coupe look is expected to return along with supplying this new vehicle as one of the fastest among the Dodge line-up. The chassis is expected to be lighter than the Dodge Challenger, as the chassis is expected to be based on the Alfa Romeo Giulia. Think the look and build of a Dodge muscle car, but with the power of its best-ever muscle car, the Dodge SRT Demon. While it may not hit over 800 horsepower like the Demon, it should offer something similar for customers. Its top speed should impress anyone with a number like 203 mph being talked about.
Things To Keep In Mind
The rumor of the Dodge Barracuda stretches all the way back to 2007 when the Viper was not in production. Rumors swirled about a Barracuda coming in 2009, more speculation in 2012, and finally now with a new decade approaching, a 2020 Barracuda production greenlight. The truth is Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has not revealed any details about any vehicle being made by Dodge with the Barracuda nameplate, for now. Rumors have the price point of the vehicle being around $26,600 MSRP, which would be competitive for the Barracuda to compete with rival brands Ford and Chevy in the muscle car segment. However, the Dodge Challenger is simply ahead of both brands and the Mustang and Camaro can’t do anything about the success with the third-quarter results already in the books. So, whether or not Dodge actually does bring out this surprise, they are doing just fine without any tricks up their sleeve.
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