Friday, September 26, 2014

2016 Dodge Barracuda

2016 Dodge Barracuda

Short History

2016 Dodge Barracuda is a possible future Dodge model, based on the late sixties and early seventies Plymouth pony car. Plymouth Barracuda's production started in 1964 and it was A-Body fastback model based on the Plymouth Valiant. This model was in production until 1966, when new generation model came with complete redesign and three different version: fastback, notchback and convertible. Last generation was in production from 1970 until 1974 and it was based on the E-Body platform. In 1974 last Barracuda model came out. This car was the victim of 1973 oil crises and it was discontinued, although Plymouth engineers already made two prototypes for the next model. There were some rumors about Chrysler planing to make another Barracuda in 2009, under their badge, since Plymouth badge was discontinued in 2001, but that never happened. There were also some rumors about adding Barracuda trim level to the new Dodge Challenger under the SRT name.

1970 Plymouth Barracuda
70's Plymouth Barracuda


Now everybody is talking about that new Barracuda model is going to come out under the Dodge badge and replace Challenger together with several rear-wheel drive Alfa Romeo models. That's one of the hottest rumors launched on Detroit Motor show in January this year. If this happens, we'll see the new Cuda as part of 2016 model year Dodge line up. This rumor allegedly came from Chrysler design chief Ralph Gilles. In this review, I will try to guess some of the features that new model might come with.

2016 Dodge SRT Barracuda
2015 SRT Barracuda-rumored model, that's probably not going to come out


Nobody accept Chrysler designers know at this moment is the 2016 Dodge Barracuda going to look like the old Challenger or is it going to come with a more retro styling and look more like the old 70's model. If it's going to look more like current Chalenger model, it will be one of the longest vehicles in its class, since the 2015 Challenger was 197,9 inches long. New model is probably going to be more trim, and it will come with some of the retro exterior features seen on early Barracudas, like sidevents for example.

2015 Dodge Challenger's interior
2015 Challenger's interior, new Cuda model might come with a similar interior design.


There's not much info about the new model's interior, but that's definitely a segment where's no place for retro stuff. New model will probably come with standard Challenger gear, which means: cockpit cabin design, Nappa or Alcantra leather upholstery in some higher trims, large side bolsters, heated and ventilated seats, Bluetooth etc.

Chrysler's 5,7 HEMI V8
New Cuda might come with 5,7 HEMI V8, engine that can be found only at Challenger and Ram trucks at the moment


Changes in performance segment are definitely possible. We still don't know which engine is future model going to come with. Last year's Challenger came with 3,6 litre V6, paired with 8 speed automatic. Since the old Cuda traditionally came with V8 HEMI, probably the 5,7 liter V8 engine from the Challenger line up is also going to be offered as the top of the line option. This engine is one of the most powerful Chrysler engines and at the moment only RAM trucks, Dodge Durango and Challenger come with it. It is able to deliver around 375 horsepower and 410 pound feet of torque.

1970 Plymouth Barracuda
1970 Cuda

Price and Release Date

There's still no information about price or release date of the new model. Price is probably going to be little bit higher than $27,000 which was the starting price for the last year's Challenger. We should expect $1,500 or $2,000 increase. Barracuda is probably going to reach the dealers in the end of 2015.

2016 Chevy Camaro
2016 Chevy Camaro

2016 Ford Mustang
2016 Ford Mustang

2016 Subaru BR-Z
2016 Subaru BR-Z

Other Possible Options

Main rivals of the new Barracuda are going to be the same models that were competing with the old dodge Challenger. One of the most famous is the Chevrolet Camaro of course, there's also Ford Mustang and Subaru BR-Z.

Am I cool, or am I cool...?


Sports car is a typical guy's thing. Young people buy it and show of by signing themselves on the crossroads and older people like keep them in garages and drive them in special occasions. Anyway this type of cars are used to get the girls and go through midlife crises, and they are doing wonders for drivers self-esteem. Some psychologists say that these typo of cars are usually bought by insecure people, but basically, who gives a fuck, if you have enough money to buy one of these and it helps you to attract pretty girls or make you feel young again, don't hesitate in buying a new Barracuda.

Nash Bridges, Joe Dominguez and 1971 Plymouth Barracuda


Sixties and seventies Barracuda is one of the biggest film star vehicles. It played the lead roll in popular series called Nash Bridges, and it was driven by Don Johnson. We can also see it in many other movies and series like Hawaii Five-O- for example. Some of the celebrities that drive Plymouth Barracuda are: actor Michael Thomas Dunn and Reggie Bush American football running back.

Girls love Cudas

What girls think about 2016 Dodge Barracuda?

Girls generally like guys who drive sports cars. We asked around and they say that new Dodge Barracuda looks like space shuttle, that it looks like it's fast and powerful and that it can take them anywhere they want, they say it looks like it can fly, and they are dreaming about riding in the convertible version and feeling the wind in their hair.

Car Insurance Quotes for 2016 Dodge Barracuda

It is really hard to guess insurance rates for 2016 Dodge Barracuda, since this vehicle's production haven't started yet, so we will give you the insurance rates for Dodge Challenger SRT8, which is in our opinion going to be the closest to the new Cuda. Depending on the state you pay different car insurance rates, with California, West Virginia and Michigan car insurance rates being the highest. Nationwide average for  Dodge Challenger SRT8 car insurance is $1,988.


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