After the acquisition of Chrysler by Fiat, some of the marque’s models were supposed to get out of production due to their old design. However, they decided to keep them into production until newer models will be available at least as a concept. The 2015 Dodge SRT Barracuda is most likely going to replace the aging Challenger by the end of 2016. It hasn’t been officially released just yet but from the early reports and rumors we can clearly state that it will get a whole new platform over the Challenger.
Unlike the 300C platform it will actually use a European platform which will be developed together with Alfa Romeo and Maserati. This platform is going to be lighter as well as stronger than that of the current model as well as it will feature a true independent suspension which should make the Barracuda drive a lot better than the current Challenger.
A few features which have been announced for the 2015 Dodge SRT Barracuda are a starting price of just over $25,000 making it even less expensive than the current car as well as a few different models which are going to replace the entire range of the Challenger.
These will use a few different engines ranging from a 2 liter inline 4 up to the HEMI 6.2 liter V8. It is also likely to feature one Maserati engine which will be available in the R/T model. The SRT Barracuda is most likely going to be fitted with the 6.2 liter aspirated V8 but it will be tweaked in order to offer over 500 horsepower. This is needed in order to make it a real competitor to the current Mustang. Also in order to compete with the Mustang it will see the introduction of a 2 liter turbocharged inline 4 developed by Alfa Romeo. This engine is supposed to make around 300 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque which makes it only slightly less powerful than the Mustang. However, considering the smaller starting price of the Barracuda, it should make more sense than the Mustang.
The Maserati engine is most likely going to be the 3 liter twin-turbocharged unit which has been released just some time ago. This engine is making 400 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque and it is a worthy competitor for the EcoBoost range. It is actually even more fuel efficient than the Ford engine as well as more powerful. This and the fact that most of the engines will be using a new dual-clutch 7 speed gearbox or a 6 or 7 speed manual will be making from the Barracuda a real driver’s car which will be very hard to beat.
As far as the design goes, the 2015 Dodge SRT Barracuda is likely going to go on a different route than the Challenger. Early rumors suggest that it will take a more streamlined approach and it will be vaguely similar to the current Maserati Coupe which is quite normal considering it will be using a Maserati platform. However, there will be a few differences like a completely different front fascia which is likely going to be inspired by the original Barracuda, a much more aggressive back with a dual or even quad exhaust system.
On the interior it will be departing from the retro-modernist look and go on a different route for a more driver oriented interior with clear visible instrument cluster and a minimalist design which is surely going to please a lot of people. Also, the Barracuda will get four seats but a smaller luggage compartment than the Challenger because it will have a smaller trunk due to a different design of the back area.