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    There have long been rumors that, at some point in the
    future, the Dodge Challenger would be discontinued as the Chrysler Group
    reincarnated the Barracuda name.  New information
    has been offered up to suggest that the Dodge Challenger will continue on
    alongside the SRT Barracuda but the Challenger will likely go on without the
    SRT variant.

    According to the Automotive News, the SRT Barracuda will be
    introduced in 2014 with a new supercharged 6.2L V8 (no mention of that engine
    being a Hemi but I expect that it will be) in an effort to compete with the Chevrolet
    Camaro ZL1 and the Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang. 
    The Chrysler Group already has an advanced adjustable suspension system
    at work in a variety of SRT vehicles and when you combine that with a
    lightweight version of the Challenger chassis and a high horsepower blown V8 -
    the SRT Barracuda could help the Chrysler Group compete in the budding super
    muscle car segment.

    Early rumors suggested that the Barracuda would replace the
    Challenger but the Dodge muscle car is expected to receive a redesign for the 2015
    model year.  If the reports about the SRT
    Barracuda prove to be true, there may not be an SRT variant of the
    Challenger.  However, we can expect that
    there will be a base V6 and a Hemi-powered R/T that will compete with the
    Camaro V6/SS and the Mustang V6/GT.  To
    do that, the V6 will need a bump in horsepower to at least the 323hp offered by
    the base Camaro and the Hemi V8 will need somewhere in the ballpark of 425hp to
    keep up with the Camaro SS (426hp) and the Mustang GT (420hp).  Provided that the Chrysler Group can chop
    some weight out of the next generation Challenger – the extra horsepower and
    new chassis could make the Challenger lineup a far more formidable opponent in
    the horsepower war.

    The prospect of a new Barracuda is awesome but it won’t be
    cheap.  If it is intended to compete with
    the Camaro ZL1 and the Shelby GT500, we can expect that it will carry a $60
    price tag just like those other two super muscle cars.  This expected high price will also sit better
    with the SRT brand than the Dodge brand – serving as an entry level model for
    the SRT lineup rather than a premium option for the Dodge brand.

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