Is There Really Going to Be a New Dodge Barracuda?

 

The Dodge Barracuda is a muscle car rumored to make an appearance on American roads in the next couple of years. The idea of a Dodge Barracuda draws inspiration from the old Plymouth Barracuda model, which was a pony car developed by the Chrysler Corporation between 1964 and 1974. Although the Plymouth Barracuda never really took off, perhaps because the market wasn't ready for it, a modern muscle car version produced by Dodge that is sure to take the market by storm. 

Styling

Dodge plans to release the Barracuda model in both coupe and convertible versions to offer the maximum number of options for prospective customers. Muscle cars are a significant investment with a particular market, and different customers vary in their preferences between the two body styles. The Dodge Barracuda's styling draws inspiration from previous concept cars, including the 1999 Dodge Charger Concept, which has a timeless design even 18 years after it took the road with its bold grille and sleek edges.

The fact that the Barracuda bears no resemblance to the original car that its name draws inspiration from doesn't seem to matter. The proposed build is a chassis that is lighter and shorter than what you'd expect on modern muscle cars which allows for quicker acceleration. The reduced weight comes from using a carbon fiber build. You can show this car off by taking up to four passengers for a ride. 

Powertrain

If Dodge goes ahead with releasing its proposed new Barracuda model within the next couple of years, you can expect the engine to be either a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 or a 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi engine that packs an incredible 707 horsepower. The latter engine is also used on the 2015 Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger models, so it seems the most likely candidate for the Barracuda. A base engine might be a 2.0-liter turbocharged powertrain that hits around 300 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque. 

With the trend in the motor industry towards improving the fuel economy of vehicles, it is pretty much guaranteed that the Dodge Barracuda will come with a more fuel-efficient engine than you'd normally get with a muscle car. 

Interior

The available interior features make up the third fundamental aspect of any muscle car. Central to the Dodge Barracuda's technology draws will be an 8.4-inch touchscreen that comes integrated with Wi-Fi and available streaming straight from your smart phone. There will also be a navigation screen included to help you get to your destination. Additionally, you can expect top of the line safety features such as adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and a rear cross traffic alert system. 

A high-quality mixture of black and red sport cloth is the most likely candidate for interior styling, and this color combination comes with a matching heated steering wheel and an eight-way adjustable driver's seat for maximum comfort. 

Although the Dodge Barracuda still hasn't been officially announced, rumors are swirling about the much-anticipated next muscle car from Dodge. Don't be surprised to hear something more formal confirming the car within the next year. 

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