The Barracuda name has been used briefly for around 10 years more than four decades ago. Despite that the cars managed to become classic icons and there are many people who want one and more who know what a Barracuda is. Because of that it seems that the replacement for the Challenger will come in the form of the 2018 Dodge Barracuda.
This car has been rumored for a few years now and its future has been under discussion ever since. Only recently it became clear that Dodge is finally focusing on the car which should hit the market closer to the end of 2017 or early 2018.
Some said at first that the car was going to use a Maserati platform. However, this would have been too expensive. Instead, the platform the all new Alfa Giulia is based on will likely underpin the all new Barracuda. This platform should allow the car to be as fast and agile as any of its competitors while having the possibility to have quite interesting engines under the hood. Because it will be a competitor for the Mustang and Camaro, the rumored Barracuda is expected to start at roughly $30,000. Sure, this is more than either of the two cars but the Dodge counterpart will very likely come with a much more interesting engine than its rivals.
New Platform & Improvements
The new rear wheel drive platform the 2018 Dodge Barracuda is expected to use is a very advanced chassis. This uses independent suspension in the front and at the back, large brakes as well as a very capable suspension system. It is also noticeably lighter than the platform of the older Challenger as well as much more capable. Rumors suggest that the new Barracuda will shed over 600 pounds over the Challenger which should allow them to easily outrun it. Also, the car will be quite a bit smaller than before. It will be narrower, lower and shorter. The base design might get a few cues from the original models but many rumors suggest for a more modern approach which would make sense considering Dodge’s current lineup of cars.
Unfortunately, because the car will be smaller, it will most likely be sold as a 2+2. This means that it will have little to no room on the back seats which is usually the case with these types of cars. The good part is that despite being smaller, those in the front will benefit from a much nicer experience than before. Not only the car should be using better materials but it will definitely be a lot better equipped and also much nicer to look at.
2018 Dodge Barracuda Engine
In order to compete with cars like the Camaro or the Mustang, the 2018 Dodge Barracuda will have to be powerful and efficient. It seems that for this generation of pony cars, Dodge will go with all turbocharged engines. This is a bold move, especially for the US market. However, it should be successful if they’ll market it correctly. The base cars will likely make use of a 2 liter turbocharged inline 4 with as much as 300 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque. Further up the range a 2.9 or 3 liter twin-turbocharged V6 should be available.
These engines have been known to be able to offer between 300 and 450 horsepower, so it should be more than capable of allowing it to replace pretty much the entire lineup of Hemi V8 engines. The top of the range models and the special editions of the car on the other hand could get to use a newly developed small displacement twin-turbo V8. With as much as 600 horsepower, this should be what Dodge needs to make the transition to turbocharged power.