by David Zatz • Posted on March 2nd, 2012
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.
Chrysler Group has announced it will recall an estimated 29,500 2014 and 2015 Fiat 500L vehicles shipped in the U.S. and Canada to replace their knee airbags. Of the total, an estimated 25,500 are in the U.S. with the other 4,000 in Canada.
Based on U.S. sales reported through the end of June, the recall appears to cover all of the 500Ls sold or shipped since the model went on the market....
Robert C. Evans wrote, “I caught these right outside my office this morning. It appears to be an updated 2015 Chrysler 300, with a much larger front grill than the current generation. It seems it is almost returning to the original 300 grill and squared off front end. You will also see integrated exhaust in the rear much like the 2015 Chrysler 200.”
Most of the sheet metal should be similar to the current version, as the 2015 will be a relatively minor refresh — except for the use of eight-speed automatics across the board and UConnect upgrades....
If you can’t afford $60,000 or more for the real thing, or the insurance surcharges for driving a 707 horsepower car (even if you promise to use the 500-hp black fob), Dodge will help out by providing a Hemi Hellcat ring-tone for your phone.
The ringtone can be heard and downloaded from www.drivesrt.com/hellcatringtone.
2015 Challenger SRT: Hellcat and 392
2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat at the track
HellCat: supercharged Hemi engines...