SRT Barracuda to replace Dodge Challenger SRT8 in 2014?
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
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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