For years now, rumors have been swirling that the Barracuda, the iconic muscle car manufactured by Plymouth from 1964 to 1974, would be back on the production line. In late June 2017, FCAuthority.com reported that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles filed a trademark for “Cuda,” which was what the Plymouth Barracuda was commonly referred during its prominence. Though a trademark filing is nothing to get worked up about on its own, several sources have claimed that Dodge is vying to compete with the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro with its revamped Barracuda.
As more information comes out, it seems like the much-touted Barracuda will be heavily inspired by the Dodge Challenger SRT. While a release date has not technically been specified (2020 has been thrown around, but don’t expect it to be hitting dealerships anytime soon), it’s said that the new Dodge Barracuda will come with a choice of different engine blocks, including a V-6 and a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8, which is capable of churning out 600 brake horsepower. Sticking with specs, the new car is also expected to have improved fuel economy and enhanced aerodynamics when compared to the Challenger. The price tag is estimated to be around $60,000.
The Plymouth Barracuda
Brief car history lesson here, folks. In case you didn’t know, the Plymouth Barracuda went through three generations. The first generation, from 1964 to 1966, was a hardtop fastback based on the A-body platform of the Plymouth Valiant. One of the first-gen Cuda’s defining features was the distinctive wraparound back glass. The second-generation Barracuda (1967 to 1969) was available in fastback, hardtop coupe, and convertible versions, and though heavily redesigned, was still based on the Valiant’s A-body.
For the third generation (1970 to 1974), the Barracuda was based on the Chrysler’s E-body, making it similar to the Dodge Challenger. It was available in hardtop and convertible body styles.
This post was originally published on October 4, 2019.