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10 Things We Just Learned About The Upcoming Dodge Barracuda

There have been rumors for the past 13 years of a new Barracuda, and the buzz is making the rounds again. The last time the Barracuda was on the scene was in the late '60s and early '70s when it was marketed as the Plymouth Barracuda. Car forums and the automotive world have been abuzz with rumors concerning the Barracuda resurfacing under the Dodge family with many taking on different opinions. The main question people have at this time is whether it’s going to be real this time.

Enthusiasts have released many possible design renditions as the world gets slowly ushered into 2021. Dodge has done an excellent job of sealing its lips, but these are ten things we just learned about the upcoming Dodge Barracuda.

8 The Barracuda Could Return Under The Dodge Name As Early As 2021

Developed under the Chrysler Corporation, the company that manufactured the original Plymouth Barracuda between 1964-1974, the new Barracuda is expected to resurface as a brand-new Dodge model.

The car is likely to go into production in 2021. Back in 2007, 2012, and 2014, there were similar claims and expectations. However, it never materialized. The only way to know for certain whether the comeback will be in 2021 is for Dodge to release a concept by the end of 2020.

It's Rumored To Replace The Dodge Challenger

This news has trended among car enthusiasts for the last few months. Others believe that it’ll replace the Dodge Viper instead, especially with the announcement of Dodge's 2021 lineup, which includes the 2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock. However, the belief that it’s going to replace the Challenger still seems the favorite

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Since the Dodge Barracuda is going into production in 2021, the case may be that Dodge is trying to create a smooth transition from the Challenger to the Barracuda by offering them both within the same year.

7 Its Design Will Be Based On The Original Plymouth Barracuda

This makes sense considering that both cars will share the Barracuda name. It would be odd and out of place for the modern Barracuda to be totally distinct from the original Plymouth Barracuda. In addition, multiple design attempts over the last few years have hinted at the direction of the Plymouth Barracuda gravitating towards a '70s model styling.

Regardless of the upcoming car having its roots in history, it will feature a modern and new styling suitable for 2021 cars.

6 It Will have A Competitive Interior Design And Layout

Not a lot of information is out on the interior design of the Dodge Barracuda, but a few things can be expected. The car's interior will come with a modern sports coupe layout, which typically comprises two seats in front of the driver and front passenger. There are also two in the back, which is spacious enough to fit two adults.

The car's infotainment system should be Dodge's famous Uconnect, except Dodge has a totally new design up their sleeves. The interior is sure to feature the latest technology and could give competitors such as the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro a run for their money. The highest trim levels should come with posh leather and Alcantara finishing.

5 Supercharged Engine From The Challenger Is Rumored

There's potentially leaked information that the 3.6-liter V6 engine from the Challenger will continue as an entry-level engine in the upcoming Dodge Barracuda. The engine churns out 305 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque. It could deliver almost the same performance in the Barracuda as in the Challenger bearing that the Barracuda is more compact and lighter.

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The 5.7-liter and 6.4-liter Hemi naturally aspirated mills from the Challenger may also feature in the Barracuda. The engine could also be supercharged just like the Angel. All these together make for a car that can have up to an 800-horsepower output.

4 It's Expected To Share Platforms With The Alpha Romeo Giulia

Dodge isn't going to bring back the old Plymouth Barracuda platform, which was the Chrysler LA platform, seeing as it's obsolete for modern cars. The modifications in the upcoming car's body style and size make the old platform unsuitable.

Dodge will be utilizing the Alfa Romeo Guilia platform. Some do not like this because they believe that using the Italian company's platform directly impacts the purity of the muscle car's features. However, Alfa Romeo has manufactured some high-performance vehicles, thus proving that the Guilia's platform's implementation could be advantageous for the Barracuda.

3 Dodge Will Suspend The Solid Rear Axle Design For The Barracuda In Favor Of An Independent Rear Suspension

Dodge will likely ditch the solid axle rear suspension design used in previous Dodge models in favor of the independent rear suspension. Competitors such as the Mustang and Camaro already implement this suspension. The Barracuda will also feature Magnetic dampening. Dodge has enlisted its best engineers' expertise and has also embraced external help designing the Barracuda's suspension.

It's most likely that those who worked on the SRT suspension and Viper will take the lead in this aspect, as those cars had excellent suspension types.

2 The Entry Level Barracuda Will Cost Less Than $30,000

Enthusiasts expect the upcoming Barracuda to come in at $28,000, with base models starting at around $26,000. Carmakers realize the error of slapping a high price on market appealing vehicles, with many failed production models as proof. In the eventuality that Dodge can achieve this price feat and still make a profit, the Barracuda would make for a good competitor in that regard.

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High-performance supercharged models are, however, expected to be priced at about $70,000, which is reasonable given the performance they will bring to the table.

The Challenger's Market Performance May Delay The Barracuda's Launch

Leaked information has revealed that the Barracuda ought to have gone into production in 2020, but hasn't due to the Challenger's excellent performance. Dodge didn't expect the Challenger to do as well as it did in the market, and didn't want to risk sabotaging the rising sales performance by introducing the Barracuda.

However, all eyes are on next year for the big announcement of Dodge's long-awaited offering.

1 It Could Be A Limited Production Car

Despite the belief that the upcoming Barracuda ought to replace the Dodge Challenger, some maintain that it will be a limited-edition car, which may not come as an option but as its own car.

A limited-edition offering may have a slightly higher price bracket, and pricing may increase as the years go by due to scarcity from a fixed number of units. Many of those units will be bought by a hand-to-hand exchange.

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The Plymouth brand might be dead, but people are still hoping for a revival of the legendary Plymouth ‘Cuda. While some have theorized it will happen under the rumored re-launch of the SRT brand, others have decided having a Dodge ‘Cuda wouldn’t be all bad. To demonstrate what could be, Chopping_Pixels on Instagram revealed a rendering of a theoretical new ‘Cuda using the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat as the basis.

Modern Plymouth ‘Cuda Rendered

Any choices made to render a modern Plymouth ‘Cuda are going to be controversial to one degree or another, even if a render were authorized by Mopar, Dodge, and Lee Iacocca’s ghost. So it’s no surprise some muscle car enthusiasts aren’t excited about the ‘Cuda being rendered using the Challenger as a canvas. Oh well.

One of the first changes anyone will notice is the four headlights have been reduced to two much larger units. As a result, the grille has been made taller and the artist added vertical bars which are clearly a homage to the original design.

Also present are foglights in the lower fascia. Thanks to side skirt extensions the ‘Cuda appears lower to the ground than the Dodge, a choice that looks cool and is likely inspired by the trim piece on the rocker panels of the original ‘Cuda, but probably isn’t horribly feasible. Still, this is a rendering where looks trump form, at least overall.

Then there are the elements your eye might skip over at first, even though you’re subconsciously processing them. Front fender flairs make the ‘Cuda look more muscular and menacing. The rear spoiler is another subtle touch.

Rumors of the ‘Cuda returning to the Fiat Chrysler model lineup have been circulating for quite some time. They generally die down and then flair up again, but a rendering like this no doubt will fan the flames big time. Despite having been gone for decades, the fact the return of the Plymouth ‘Cuda is a testament to the car’s impact on enthusiasts, which helps explain why clean, original examples fetch such high prices on the market.

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Modern Plymouth Cuda Is a Dodge Challenger Hellcat Surprise

The inspiration for this model is obviously the third-gen model everybody loves so much - unlike its predecessors, which shared Plymouth's A-body with the Valiant and were basically replaced by the 1970 Plymouth Duster, this model, which also showed up for the 1970 model year, was based on the E-body derivative of Chrysler's B platform. These underpinnings were shared with the Dodge Challenger, albeit with each muscle car receiving dedicated styling.

Fortunately, the Challenger was resurrected back in 2008 and while the model found in showrooms these days is the same generation, the tons of upgrades it has received meanwhile are a sheer joy. Which brings us to the latest incarnation of the modern Challenger, namely the Hellcat Redeye.

The Redeye served as the starting point for this Cudarendering, which, given the Dodge's 797 horsepower, seems only fitting.

Perhaps the non-Widebody incarnation of this Challenger would've made for a more accurate portrayal of the classic. Then again, given the dynamic assets brought by the meatier tires, which range from handling aspects to drag racing starts, we can't complain about the factory widebody.

And while we’re talking about Mopar toys, you should know there is a future for Dodge muscle cars. We have no timeline for now, but it looks like the Charger and Challenger will soldier on until 2023 – here’s a hintof what the next generation of such machines will look like.

Digital label tuningcarps completed the transformation, with this being performed on a smartphone rather than a computer, which says something about the sharpness of the current rendering realm.

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Modern Plymouth ‘Cuda Rendered

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The Plymouth brand might be dead, but people are still hoping for a revival of the legendary Plymouth ‘Cuda. While some have theorized it will happen under the rumored re-launch of the SRT brand, others have decided having a Dodge ‘Cuda wouldn’t be all bad. To demonstrate what could be, Chopping_Pixels on Instagram revealed a rendering of a theoretical new ‘Cuda using the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat as the basis.

Modern Plymouth ‘Cuda Rendered

Any choices made to render a modern Plymouth ‘Cuda are going to be controversial to one degree or another, even if a render were authorized by Mopar, Dodge, and Lee Iacocca’s ghost. So it’s no surprise some muscle car enthusiasts aren’t excited about the ‘Cuda being rendered using the Challenger as a canvas. Oh well.

One of the first changes anyone will notice is the four headlights have been reduced to two much larger units. As a result, the grille has been made taller and the artist added vertical bars which are clearly a homage to the original design.

Also present are foglights in the lower fascia. Thanks to side skirt extensions the ‘Cuda appears lower to the ground than the Dodge, a choice that looks cool and is likely inspired by the trim piece on the rocker panels of the original ‘Cuda, but probably isn’t horribly feasible. Still, this is a rendering where looks trump form, at least overall.

Then there are the elements your eye might skip over at first, even though you’re subconsciously processing them. Front fender flairs make the ‘Cuda look more muscular and menacing. The rear spoiler is another subtle touch.

Rumors of the ‘Cuda returning to the Fiat Chrysler model lineup have been circulating for quite some time. They generally die down and then flair up again, but a rendering like this no doubt will fan the flames big time. Despite having been gone for decades, the fact the return of the Plymouth ‘Cuda is a testament to the car’s impact on enthusiasts, which helps explain why clean, original examples fetch such high prices on the market.

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That car could have looked a lot like this hypothetical model created by 3D artist Igor Alekseev based around the Dodge Challenger. And this is no photo manipulation job - this is a full 3D model that adds plenty of character to the car to give it a different feel.

The hood scoop, for instance, is the same as on the third-gen Barracuda built between 1970 and 1971, as well as the body graphics which are very close to those of the classic model.

I think that it overall is a very believable attempt at reviving a car that’s never going to be made, but could have been made if recent history had been nicer to the Plymouth brand.

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Read our full review on the 1964-1974 Plymouth Barracuda.

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What the 2021 Dodge Barracuda Will Look Like?

The actual design of the Barracuda is a mystery right now. Dodge hasn’t even confirmed this car, so we can’t talk about official renderings at this point. However, there have been numerous design attempts floating around over the last decade and they all seem to point into the same direction. That the modern Barracuda will resemble the original car.

This means that much like the Challenger, this modern muscle car will have a neo-retro design that will pay tribute to the iconic Plymouth Barracuda.

Dodge probably picked the third-generation model, built in 1970 and 1971 as inspiration, since it’s the most recognizable version. So expect it to have that macho, muscle car look, just like the Challenger, but with slightly more aerodynamic lines. But it won’t be related to the Challenger design-wise. Dodge is reportedly gunning for brand-new styling, one that may spark a new design language that will inspire the next-generation Charger.

The Barracuda will also be a tad smaller than the Challenger. The latter is a bit bigger than its competitors, the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro, so Dodge is aiming for a similarly-sized vehicle. It could be a bit wider though, which will translate into a more aggressive stance. Expect the wheelbase to be shorter on the Barracuda. The Challenger comes in at 116 inches, so the Barracuda’s wheelbase will be somewhere between 105 and 110 inches.

The new size will be closer to the Ford Mustang (107.1 inches) and the Chevrolet Camaro (110.7 inches}.

Just like its classic predecessor and the modern Challenger, the Barracuda will be offered with a wide range of graphics packages that pay tribute to the past. Expect full-length stripes on the hood and the roof, upper stripes on the rear fenders, and black roofs. Also look for different hood vents on different trims and aggressive bumpers and diffusers, as well as wings on the sportier, more expensive versions.

The really big question here though is whether Dodge will offer a convertible version of the Barracuda.

The Challenger is infamous for being sold as a coupe only, and that’s a big disadvantage compared to the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro, both offered in drop-top configurations. Things will hopefully change this time around, especially since the original Cuda was also available as a convertible.

What Technologies Will The 2021 Dodge Barracuda Offer On The Interior?

The interior of the Barracuda is an even bigger mystery. But we can definitely expect the usual standard coupe layout with two comfortable seats in the front and a three-person bench in the rear. However, the rear compartment will actually provide comfortable seating for only two people, as is the case in most sports coupes nowadays.

Since it will go against the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro, expect a similar degree of tech and features.

Look for slightly more upscale materials, with soft fabrics in the base model and leather and Alcantara in the more expensive trims.

The basic metal trim will be replaced by aluminum and maybe even carbon fiber in the range-topping model.

Tech-wise, look for a big infotainment display in the dashboard. The screen could be at least 10 inches, but this feature could be optional in the less expensive models. As it happens with other FCA vehicles, the base version could have a smaller display of around seven to eight inches.

Likewise, the affordable trims will come with a small display between the instrument cluster clocks, while the more expensive variants will feature a fully digital cluster.

Needless to say, the Barracuda will be way above the Challenger in terms of materials and technology. It will also have one of the most advanced infotainment systems in the Dodge and Chrysler lineups.

Passenger and luggage room will probably be comparable to the competition. Since the Barracuda is smaller than the Challenger, it might offer less of everything than the outgoing muscle car, but smarter packaging and new technology could keep it on par with the old coupe.

What Engine Will The 2021 Dodge Barracuda Have?

As a replacement for the Dodge Challenger, the Barracuda will offer at least a couple of engine options. Word has it that the 3.6-liter V-6 engine from the Challenger will live on as an entry-level unit. The Pentastar packs 305 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque in the Challenger and it could have a similar output in the Barracuda. Since the latter will be a tad smaller and lighter, there’s no use for Dodge to push horsepower much higher.

However, word has it Dodge could also introduce a turbocharged, four-cylinder engine.

This would be a first for FCA’s muscle car. The Challenger is the only pony that has yet to feature a four-banger, with both the Ford Mustang and the Chevy Camaro offering one for quite a few years now. If this happens, expect the four-cylinder to deliver around 300 horsepower, if not a bit more. Or Dodge could choose to keep it below the 300-horsepower mark like Chevy did for the Camaro. The engine is still a mystery at this point, as FCA doesn’t have four-cylinders that crank out more than 200 horsepower. The 2.4-liter Tigershark in the Jeep Cherokee and Renegade comes close at 184 horsepower, but Dodge will need something notably more powerful.

Of course, the Barracuda will also come with a selection of V-8 engines.

The Challenger is available with two naturally aspirated mills, a 5.7-liter Hemi and a 6.4-liter Hemi. Assuming Dodge will keep both running, expect them to deliver similar power in the Barracuda. The 5.7-liter V-8 is now rated at 375 horsepower and 410 pound-feet, while the 6.4-liter cranks out 485 horses and 475 pound-feet of twist. Of course, these engines will have revised internals and output will vary. But again, because the Barracuda will be lighter and more dynamic, power enhancements will be marginal.

Finally, Dodge will offer a beefed-up version similar to the Hellcat, or even the Demon.

This variant will be powered by an updated, supercharged 6.2-liter V-8. Some say that displacement could increase to 6.4 liters with a larger bore for a longer stroke. This mill will probably generate around 800 horsepower. This would be around 80 horses more than the Challenger SRT Hellcat and about on par with the SRT Hellcat Redeye. Rumors are also talking about E85 capability for this engine, so the supercharged Cuda could deliver more than the SRT Demon, rated at 808 horsepower.

There’s no word on whether Dodge will still use the Hellcat and Demon names.

Needless to say, the Barracuda will be a bit quicker than the Challenger.

Expect all trims to shave at least two tenths off their respective Challenger equivalents, as well as a range-topping model that hits 60 mph in less than three seconds.

The Barracuda’s top speed is said to be highest of any Challenger built to date. That’s 200 mph for the Demon, so expect the range-topping Barracuda to go beyond that. Some say it will even surpass the Viper’s 203-mph benchmark.

What Platform Will Dodge Use For The 2021 Barracuda?

Dodge will obviously ditch the old Chrysler LA platform, which is based on the LX, in turn based on a very old Daimler platform.

Now having access to European platforms from Fiat, Dodge is building the Barracuda around the Giorgio platform, which underpins the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio.

This platform will also be featured in the next-generation Grand Cherokee.

While some of you will view this Italian platform as a dilution of the muscle car heritage, it’s actually tremendous news for the Barracuda.

The Alfa Romeo Giulia is a very dynamic sedan, so using its platform in a coupe will come with solid benefits.

What’s more, Alfa Romeo has already developed high-performance versions of the Giulia and Dodge is probably already borrowing ideas.

How About The Chassis And Suspension In The New 2021 Barracuda?

Specific details are scant, but rumors say Dodge developed various setups with in-house and third-party specialists. And these include an independent rear suspension, like on the Mustang and Camaro, as well as magnetic dampening. The latter will be optional though. The range-topping version will feature a more aggressive setup with stiffer springs and a lower ride height. It’s safe to say that Dodge won’t borrow too much from Alfa Romeo in this department. It’s more likely that the Barracuda’s suspension is being developed by the SRT team, including people that used to work on the Viper. The important thing here is that the Barracuda will ditch the solid rear axle design and will be a dramatic improvement over the Challenger.

How Much Will The 2021 Barracuda Cost?

Pricing of the Barracuda should be similar to the Challenger since it’s a direct replacement. Dodge also needs to keep the sticker as low as possible in order to handle stiff competition from Ford and Chevrolet.

My best guess is that the entry-level model will retail from around $28,000, while the supercharged variant will come in at around $70,000 before options.

When Will The 2021 Barracuda Go Into Production?

Rumors of a modern Barracuda surfaced back in 2007, when a production model was announced for 2009. Obviously it didn’t happen. The Barracuda resurfaced in 2012 and we were supposed to have it in dealerships in 2014. But that didn’t happen either. So is the Barracuda happening now or is it yet another rumor that won’t see the light of day?

Well, it seems that the Barracuda is as real as they get now and the new muscle car could go into production in 2021

. This means that we may see a concept or a preview toward the end of 2020.

Will The 2021 Dodge Barracuda Replace The Legendary Viper?

Some people seem really hyped up about the Barracuda and claim that it could be a replacement for the Viper.

Unless Dodge decides to turn the Barracuda into a full-blown sports car, the Viper will remain without a spiritual successor for the time being

. All hints point toward a muscle car-style Barracuda that will replace the Challenger instead of a two-seat sports car with a front-engined layout. This doesn’t mean that Dodge won’t develop a successor for the Viper at some point, it’s just that it won’t be the Barracuda.

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Modern Plymouth Cuda Concept Flexes Hellcat Muscle in Sleek Rendering

We're dealing with a quick animation that does an extremely good job at convincing us this comes from a showroom rather than somebody's computer.

With the Plymouth brand confined to the history books, rumors about Dodge bringing back the Barracuda name for the convertible version of the Challenger, which never got, regardless of the branding, refused to go away during the past decade.

However, with the current generation of Dodgemuscle cars being almost ready for retirement and the automaker talking about electrification as a potential solution for keeping the genre alive, we'll have to see the fate of nameplates such as the Challenger and Charger before allowing ourselves to dream about a new Barracuda.

The starting point for the project was the Challenger Hellcat, which adds a factory supercharger twist to the N/A plot introduced back in the day. As for the Plymouth portrayed here, we're dealing with a 1971 model year, the only one that saw the vehicle sporting quadruple headlights.

This is actually a Cuda, the sportiest of the vehicle's three derivatives (the other two were the base Barracuda and the more lavish Gran Coupe) - the fender gills of the '71 Cuda are also present.

Nevertheless, with the side exhaust sitting just before the rear wheels, the machine reminds us of the AAR (All American Racer) Trans Am motorsport tool and its road version.

That blower hat up front might not be what it seems. For one, we've recently discussed a real-world build based on the modern Challenger which features an old-school supercharger, hat and all, placed above the factory unit of the 6.2-liter HEMI for the purpose of impersonating Mad Max's Interceptor.

So, perhaps digital artist Timothy Adry Emmanuel, who is responsible for this work, pulled a simialr stunt while working to add retro flavor to the Mopar machine.

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