Rumours of the Dodge Barracuda have been circling for many, many years. It has been said that the new Barracuda, under the Dodge name, will be replacing the SRT Challenger. More information on the Dodge was speculated to be revealed in 2020, but it seems Dodge fans will have to wait till 2021 for an update. Fret not, follow this article to see what we already know about the new Barracuda, here are some topics:
2021 Dodge Barracuda Design
For now, the design of the Barracuda has not been officially revealed. However there has been many exciting rumours of what the new car will look like.
The modern Barracuda will have an all-new neo-retro design that will resemble the challenger and pay tribute to the Original Plymouth Barracuda. A predecessor with a Challenger body and incredible speed.
As we all know, the most recognizable design from Dodge is the third-generation model. The new Barracuda will resemble this model and so expect it to have a coupe macho look. This will include possible additional aerodynamic lines and streamlining which will give a leaner sleeker edge, much like the challenger.
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Supposedly, Dodge will have a fresh, new styling that will hopefully inspire the next generation charger.
The Barracuda will be slightly smaller, and maybe a bit wider – which will give the car that macho look. The wheelbase will perhaps be shorter between 105 and 110 inches whereas the Challenger measured 116 inches. Rumours suggest that design is based on the Alfa Romeo Giulia chassis, if so, then the Barracuda will be lighter than its predecessor.
A fantastic graphics package will accompany the Barracuda that reflects the classic models, just as the modern Challenger did. Expected within the package is upper stripes on the rear fenders, full-length stripes on the hood, and black roofs. Perhaps aggressive bumpers and diffusers, different hood vents on different trims, and wings on a sportier, more expensive Barracuda will be added.
There has also been speculation on whether Dodge will offer a convertible version of the Barracuda. This will be advantageous, as the Cuda is available as a convertible as well as the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro. Hopefully, Dodge will give this alternative for an even more comfortable cruise.
The above video shows a prediction of what the new Dodge Barracuda will look like.
Interior – 2021 Dodge Barracuda
The Barracudas interior must be up to date or even better than the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, so although the details remain unknown we can expect a similar degree of features. These features will improve luxury, safety and ride quality compared to the previous Barracuda.
Of course, the interior set up will be two front seats and a three-person bench in the rear – providing seats for two passengers to accommodate for the sporty coupe.
There will maybe be the use of modern materials such as soft fabrics, leather, and Alcantara used interchangeably in the base model and the more expensive trims.
For the top-ranging model, aluminium and maybe even carbon fiber may be used to replace the basic metal trim found in the original.
Regarding tech, the inclusion of certain aspects will differ from the less expensive to most expensive Barracuda. The most expensive could hold a 10-inch infotainment display in the dashboard, but perhaps smaller, around 7-8inches in lesser expensive models situated in between the instrument cluster clocks.
Since there is height reduction in the Barracuda compared to the Challenger, there will be less but adequate room for passengers and luggage. This, with the addition of advanced technologies and infotainment systems, will keep up the standard with the old coupe.
What Kind Of Engine?
The new Dodge Barracuda is set to reach higher speeds than any other cars in the line up. This means that there must be an improvement in the engine.
Some rumours claim it will be a 3.6-liter V6 engine – the same engine as the Challenger – which will live on in the new Barracuda with a torque of 269lbft. Since the Barracuda is supposed to be smaller there will be no reason to push horsepower so high.
Other people say a powerful 6.2-liter or 6.4-liter engine accompanied with a larger bore of 105.4mm for a longer stroke can expect the Barracuda to push to 800hp. If this turbocharged, eight-cylinder engine is introduced then this will be a first for FCA’s muscle car. The Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro also offer this, but the Challenger is yet to.
The Challenger features two aspirated engines: a 5.7-litre Hemi and a 6.4-liter Hemi. If the Dodge decides to keep these running, the horsepower output will deliver a similar power in the Barracuda. A smaller vehicle in comparison to the Challenger could result in more marginal power alterations.
There maybe an E85 map that complements the horsepower output of the engine. This means the Barracuda could reach high speeds such as 203mph, similar to the infamous Viper.
2021 Dodge Barracuda Platform
The Dodge platform will be an old Daimler one and ditch the Plymouth Barracuda Platform. It is perhaps going to be built around the Giorgio platform as they now have access to European platforms from Fiat.
This reinforces the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio. The Giulia is a very unique sedan and is beneficial for the Barracuda’s platform as a coupe. With Alfa Romeo having already developed high-performance versions of the Giulia, the manufactures are probably borrowing ideas for the Dodge. Some do not agree with this as they feel by using the Italian platform, it will impact the purity of the muscle car’s features.
The chassis is rumoured to be of smaller production in comparison to the Challenger. Although the platform may be an Alfa Romeo Giulia, the new Barracuda will certainly wear the legends badge, the Cuda, proudly.
The setup of the suspension is supposed to complement the great power of the Barracuda’s engine. Its new widebody frame that the Dodge team has manufactured has many setups with inhouse and third party specialist, such as magnetic dampening and an independent rear suspension. However, the inclusion of a rear axle setup that is also featured on the challenger is not certain.
The top-ranging suspension set up will perhaps features stiffer springs and a lower ride height.
Unlike the platform, the Dodge won’t borrow too many ideas for the suspension. It seems that SRT team, which includes people who worked on the Viper model, will be developing the Barracuda’s suspension.
What Is The Cost?
The Barracuda has created quite the excitement in the car industry, but it seems it will come at an affordable price which is great for enthusiasts of Dodge.
The Dodge Barracuda will retail for $28,000. The base model will cost between $26,000 and $26,750 – which competes with the retail prices of Camaro and Mustang. The pricing seems fair for a vehicle, but if you want the top-performing version of the Barracuda, then $70,000 is the retail price.
When Will The Barracuda Go Into Production?
Remember, the Dodge Barracuda has been a rumour since 2007, and since there has been no confirmation, fans of the Dodge must not get ahead of themselves. Production dates were falsely set for 2009 and 2014, but perhaps now they could go into production in 2020-2021, according to sources and leaked concept photos.
The company is looking to battle Chevy Camaro and Ford GT.
The end of 2021 predicted an official preview or concept of the Barracuda but it seems there has been no show. Leaked information writes that because the Challenger did so well, by introducing a new car Dodge did not want to sabotage any form of sales. Perhaps in the coming year there will be more information on the production.
Barracuda Set To Replace Viper?
The unforgettable Dodge SRT Viper ceased production in 2017 due to sales, safety, emissions and other issues. However, the Viper was an American favourite and an outstanding brand.
Insider information suggests that the Conner Avenue plant which held most of the Vipers resources will be redesigned for the production of the new Barracuda.
The Barracuda is rumoured to take the place of the Viper but is uncertain whether it will wear the Dodge or Chrysler badge. The replacement will only take place if the Barracuda is turned fully into a sports car, if not, then the Viper will remain without a successor, as of now. It seems the Barracuda is set to mimic the Challenger rather than the Viper.
2021 Dodge Barracuda Limited Edition
So the Barracuda might replace the challenger or the viper, some predict that the Dodge Barracuda will actually be a limited edition car. This car will stand on its own, have a higher cost and perhaps will increase if there is a fixed number of units.
An Argument Against A New Barracuda Return
Rumours supporting the production of the new Dodge Barracuda has been ongoing for the last 10 years. If we take a look at the time frame from 2014, Sergio Marchionne passed in 2018 meaning there was a new head of FCA. In early 2021, the head of FCA is set to merge with Peugeot-Citroen. This will mean that FCA will become Stelliantis and forced to work with models that have been made redundant.
Research has shown that in the United States consumers purchase crossovers, SUVs or pick up trucks the most. Thus, if we compare this to the Dodge it may not prove as popular as it is a smaller sports coupe.
The Barracuda is supposed to be built on the Alfa Romeo Guilia platform and has been speculative for years, however this platform has been available for a long time and will likely go into a revision cycle soon.
The new Dodge is described to be smaller than the other cars in the line-up, however it is not that much smaller than the Challenger muscle car.