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Posted on August 16th, 2013 • by David Zatz

Back in April, we reported that Ralph Gilles had essentially confirmed the SRT Barracuda’s arrival on a different platform than the Challenger, as part of shared development with an Alfa Romeo that is key to the Italian brand’s revival. Sergio Marchionne commented that a by Text-Enhance">rear wheel drive, mid-sized Alfa Romeo was made possible by being able to share costs with Dodge.



Word from within the Tower of Power in Auburn Hills is that the car will not be called Barracuda, but will continue the Dodge Avenger label to take advantage of brand familiarity. While the car will be very different, it’s likely to share a V6 engine with the current Avenger. At this point, we’re not sure whether the Dodgeversion will have a four-cylinder or not, but an SRT version with a 6.2 liter, supercharged Hemi is quite likely. It is not certain — the company may choose to do a Ghibli, topping out at 400 horsepower through a twin-turbo six.

Ghibli moves quite fast without a V8. Whether American customers would accept that is an open question, but the Challenger will remain available for those who must have their eight cylinders.

The Barracuda name was favored for quite some time, but reportedly failed the sniff test, given modern styling, the loss of Plymouth, and such; the only people who would be attracted by re-use of the name would be turned off by its by Text-Enhance">application. The car is likely to have four doors, as well, adding fuel to the fire.

The Alfa Romeo version is likely to be V6 only, given European preferences, and will almost certainly be made in Italy. The Dodge version would likely be made in the United States. The Alfa, given its higher price point, could make more use of by Text-Enhance">aluminum body panels and other weight-saving devices, while the Dodge would stick to more price-friendly materials and methods. Both would use ZF automatics.

The two cars will, to lower development costs, be jointly engineered, with the primary differences being sheet metal, interior styling, engines, and suspension tuning.
 

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that would leave room for SRT to call a special edition Challenger with a higher output 6.2 (more than a Chrysler / Dodge 6.2) a Barracuda - and make a killing on marketing ....
just my opinion, bash it if you want ....
 

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that would leave room for SRT to call a special edition Challenger with a higher output 6.2 (more than a Chrysler / Dodge 6.2) a Barracuda - and make a killing on marketing ....
just my opinion, bash it if you want ....
Alfa is rumored to be working on a Giulia\6C coupe thing could the Barracuda be the "twin" to that as an SRT only thing like Viper is?
 

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I'm glad to see them keeping the Avenger label. It's a great name and brings continuity to the line.
 

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Agreed I do like the Avenger name.
 

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Red-JK said:
I'm glad to see them keeping the Avenger label. It's a great name and brings continuity to the line.
Agreed!
 

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A 2 door version labeled as the Barracuda (or a name change to shy away from using a Plymouth name on a different brand like Dodge or SRT) could be built to compete with the average Corvette. Viper has the upper end Corvette covered but the Corvette for the general masses goes unchallenged by any current Mopar.
 

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White Hot Charger said:
A 2 door version labeled as the Barracuda (or a name change to shy away from using a Plymouth name on a different brand like Dodge or SRT) could be built to compete with the average Corvette. Viper has the upper end Corvette covered but the Corvette for the general masses goes unchallenged by any current Mopar.
With the price of the C7 going up and sales of the lower model Corvette's dropping like a rock because of the Camaro variants...

I don't see an entry level Corvette staying around much longer.

Mike
 

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Too bad, I've got alot of good memories wrapped up into the Barracuda name... Still, Avenger is a great name and deserves to live on.
 

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I'd seriously consider a 400 horsepower twin-turbo six & 6 speed manual. :yahoo:
 

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Thank God a little common sense in the name department. One would think that after the backlash over four door Chargers and "soft roader" Cherokees that this would be a total no brainer. Great news in my opinion. :thumbsup:
 

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If the Barracuda name was not going on an all out performance sleek/clean two door let it rest. Avenger is a great name already in use.

*Please spare me the Barracuda Slant Six lesson. I have long been aware*
 

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My opinion only. You can't use the Cuda or Barracuda name without Plymouth in front of it and since Chrysler has no intention of bringing back Plymouth, let the Barracuda name rest in peace. Plus the new Barracuda will probably look nothing like the original what is the point?
 

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Finally! I'm hoping somebody at Chrysler understands brand equity!!! Now if only the next 200 convertible/coupe was the Sebring while the sedan was 200... The Sebring Convertible held its own, and I might be biased, but the Sebring coupe was always a remarkable car... Setting design Trends for the brand..
 

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4 door RWD with a manual transmission..... where do I sign up?
 

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erhemi said:
My opinion only. You can't use the Cuda or Barracuda name without Plymouth in front of it and since Chrysler has no intention of bringing back Plymouth, let the Barracuda name rest in peace. Plus the new Barracuda will probably look nothing like the original what is the point?
I think Cuda/Barracuda and Road Runner are a few of the old Plymouth names that just wouldn't sound right being on anything but a Plymouth. I think a name like Duster or Fury might sound OK as a Dodge and something like Satellite would sound good as Chrysler but there are some Plymouth names that just have to stay Plymouth
 

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The Charger will still stay around, too, right?
 

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" Hope springs eternal " , just wait till next year ............................ yawn.
 
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