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.
The Ram 1500 faced down the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 and new Chevrolet Silverado in Motor Trend’s half-ton truck shootout. The three contenders were put through a broad array of testing, including a 260-mile drive through California and Arizona. Measurements included: Testing without load: 0-60 mph and 1/4-mile acceleration, 60-0 mph braking, and maximum lateral grip (Ram was Limits-handling without load: closed-course cornering, braking, [...]
FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has long expressed his desire to slash the number of Fiat and Chrysler platforms, emulating Volkswagen’s “back to the future” move of putting just about everything onto a single platform. Mr. Marchionne has allowed major exceptions; the combination of an over-ambitious plan and a grip on reality delayed the Jeep Renegade and some other cars, because the [...]
This year’s winners of the prestigious Ward’s Top Ten were (in alphabetical order) the BMW 5-series electric motor, the Corvette Stingray’s 6.2 liter V8, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat V8, the Ford Fiesta three-cylinder, one-liter turbo, Hyundai Tuscon fuel cell vehicle, Mini Cooper 1.5 turbo three cylinder, the Ram 3-liter VM diesel, Subaru WRX four-cylinder turbo, VW Golf 1.8 liter [...]
We may have the first clear 2017 Chrysler Town & Country minivan spy shots, adding to a small “phone pic” shot posted some time ago. The vehicle, parked with the Chrysler Technical Center in sight, has camouflage and padding, but you can clearly see the openings for the side and front door handles. The photo gives some idea of the relatively length [...]
Some time ago, Sergio Marchionne, head of Fiat Chrysler, said that the only way to reboot Alfa Romeo would be by amortizing engineering costs with Dodge. That’s gone down the memory hole, now. It had to. The Alfisti will have fitsies if they overtly share with Chrysler. The D-RWD platform is now Giorgio, an Italian name for something developed largely in Auburn [...]