With the re-introduction of the infamous Viper back into the Chrysler group lineup by way of SRT, head honchos Marchionne and Gilles seem ready now more than ever to introduce the second model in the SRT lineup, the Barracuda.
The original Barracuda, introduced under the Plymouth moniker throughout the mid-60s and 70s, threw the Chrysler Group amidst stiff muscle car competition for nearly a decade. Although highly outsold by the Mustang in early years, the Barracuda did manage to find some footing and become one of Plymouths all-time most sought after models.
Now, thanks to some news coming from Car and Driver, we get to find out some more sexy details as to the newest competitor in the muscle/sports car car merry-go-round.
Projected for 2015, the all new SRT Barracuda is expected to be the first to bear Fiat and Chrysler’s joint rear-wheel drive platform expected for future use also on Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Lancia models. This all new platform will shrink the Barracuda in size from the current Challenger by nearly eight inches in length, and six inches from the wheelbase. Expect a size similar to the current generation Ford Mustang.
As for under the hood, expect a smaller, more efficient engine in compliance with updated CAFE requirements, possibly in the form of a 2.4-liter Tigershark inline-four, with a direct-injection 3.6-liter Penstar V6 also on tap. We also expect the Hemi V8 to also carry on, just because.
With both the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro shrinking down, Chrysler hopes the new ‘Cuda to be a stiffer competitor than the outdated Challenger in the next few years.