Two months ago, an insider told Allpar to be on the lookout for a Barracuda coming around 2014-2015. Now, with the Barracuda discussed by numerous auto sites, Allpar has been told that the SRT Barracuda would be the first car to get a new supercharged Hemi engine. This 6.2 liter Hemi will appear first in the Barracuda, according to the source, before moving on to other SRTs.
The original Plymouth Barracuda was a fastback version of the then-hot Valiant compact car, which took first, second, and third place in the short-lived NASCAR compact car series. It arrived on the market at the same time as the Ford Mustang. Barracuda was praised by contemporary critics as a European-handling sports car, particularly with the 273 and, later, the 340 cubic inch V8s. (A 383 v8 was also used, but its weight reportedly had an impact on cornering.)
In 1970, the original Plymouth Barracuda was replaced by a new car, also sold, with different looks and a longer wheelbase, as the Dodge Challenger. A new Valiant-based fastback, the highly successful Plymouth Duster, appeared in the same year.
Insiders say that the new Barracuda will not be nearly as “true to the original” as the current Dodge Challenger. Some say it will appear on a shortened large-car platform (LC or E-EVO), while others say it will share the new Alfa Romeo D-size platform which is currently being developed.
Long before the Challenger Hellcat was officially launched, Allpar noted that the engine — which we estimated at “620-680 horsepower” (depending on when the stories were written) — was being tested in the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Then we wrote that it had probably been ruled out, for various reasons. Today, one source wrote that the trademarked Trackhawk name, which we had thought [...]
Months after unconfirmed reports made it to Allpar’s pages, the power of Automotive News, in the person of reporter Larry Vellequette, pried a key fact from Chrysler executives — that they cast and build “Ferrari” engines for Maserati. As our sister site pentastars.com reported, the engines are actually cast in Kokomo, and machined in the Trenton Engine plant, using a mixture of [...]
Dodge is showing four concept cars at SEMA: a Dart, Charger, Challenger, and Viper ACR. You can now see them all at Allpar, courtesy of Patrick Rall — now with the story behind them. Coming soon: Jeep, Ram, Chrysler, and Fiat concepts. See all the Dodge concepts