2015 SRT Barracuda could be a Mustang killer
The SRT Barracuda is reported to be on its way as a 2015 model, but there is new information from Car and Driver, that the new musclecar could be replacing the Dodge Challenger. It was thought that the two cars from Chrysler could co-exist in the lineup, but that may not be the case. The decision to drop the Challenger won’t be based on just sales alone, but will more likely the result of meeting the ever-tightening CAFE standards. The car is just too big and may get axed from the lineup.
The 2015 SRT Barracuda will be much smaller than the current Dodge Challenger. And it’s likely that Chrysler is looking at the new global 2015 Ford Mustang, and looking for a model in their lineup that will be able to compete with the new ponycar. With fuel-economy an issue, and the fact that both the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro will be getting four-cylinder versions, Chrysler now owned by Fiat, needs to take a serious look at the global market.
C & D is reporting that Fiat has been looking for a rear-drive platform for use by their Lancia, Alfa Romeo, and possibly Maserati holdings. They have been eyeing Chrysler to help them develop a new platform and it looks like the 2015 Barracuda will be “its first fruit.”
Look for the 2015 SRT Barracuda to be six-inches shorter in wheelbase and close to eight inches shorter in overall length. Rear track and overall width are reported to be also shrinking by two inches. And the new Cuda will weight up to 300 pounds less than the heavier Challenger. The suspension will look a lot more like the new global Mustang with the front suspension getting a strut setup; the rear suspension will be multilink, with new geometry.
The new 2015 SRT Cuda’s will also offer a number of engine choices to possibly compete with the new 2015 Mustang. The base model could get a 2.4-liter four-cylinder from the Dodge Dart, possibly with forced induction. There could also be an award-winning Pentastar V6 offering with direct-injection used in the new Barracuda. And the SRT Cuda would have to be motivated by a Hemi V8, but it’s unsure if both the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 and the 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 will be offered.
It will be interesting to see if Fiat has plans to take the new 2015 SRT Barracuda overseas to compete globally with the 2015 Ford Mustang. Even if they don’t, it will surely be a big hit here in the U.S.
Source: Car and Driver