The revival of the well-known Barracuda nameplate has been anticipated for a while. Originally sold under the Plymouth brand, this fastback coupe was manufactured from 1964 to 1974 model years. This time around, the iconic Barracuda will be built by Dodge and most likely released for the 2018 model year. As a matter of fact, the 2018 Dodge Barracuda will be a smaller, convertible version of the new Challenger muscle car. Alongside the redesigned Charger and Challenger sedans, Fiat-Chrysler intends to offer the Barracuda in an attempt to boost sales of its Dodge brand. Needless to say, we expect this model to bring back some of the American automotive history in a brand new package.
2018 Dodge Barracuda Design Changes
According to recent reports, the open-top Barracuda will be 7/8ths the size of the Challenger. In other words, it is expected to be considerably lighter than its larger brother. When it comes to the architecture, the model will benefit from Alfa Romeo’s modular rear-wheel drive platform that underpins the Giulia. While sharing the same platform with the upcoming Challenger, the Barracuda will wear its own sheet metal. Thanks to reduced mass, we expect it to be nimbler and easier to handle compared to the Charger and Challenger. So far, very little has surfaced regarding the Barracuda’s exterior and interior styling but the model is certainly expected to feature an elegant and recognizable shape akin to Dodge’s design philosophy. As for the interior, this convertible model should feature a unique design and the company’s most advanced technological solutions.
2018 Dodge Barracuda Engine
Mechanically, the Dodge Barracuda 2018 will be much like the next-generation Challenger. That means we should expect new V6 and V8 engines under its hood. Since the naturally-aspirated 6.4-liter and the Hellcat V8 engines are rumored to get axed after 2019, it is speculated that Dodge plans to replace them with a twin-turbocharged powertrain able to deliver around 600 horsepower. Some sources even speculate about turbocharged four-cylinders to join the Barracuda’s engine range. In any case, the American automaker will put a lot of effort in making its new models meet strict CAFE regulations in the very near future.
2018 Barracuda Release Date
According to unofficial reports, the 2018 Dodge Barracuda could make its first public appearance by the end of 2017.