A few months ago there were some reports about a new Barracuda model designed to replace the Dodge Challenger. More details have emerged this week and it seems that this will happen in 2015 when SRT will get a second model in its lineup, after the 2013 Viper. This new model will probably ditch the LX platform seen on the Chrysler 300, Dodge Magnum and Charger because it’s too heavy for a pony car.
As a consequence, Chrysler will develop a brand new platform for the Barracuda, a car that will have just about the same size as the current Mustang. It is expected to have a wheelbase six inches shorter than the Challenger, while overall it will be eight inches shorter. The curb weight will also go down by 250-300 pounds, while the front suspension will probably be a strut setup rather than the current control arms. As for the rear suspension, the multi-link layout will probably be kept but with a new geometry.
Engine lineup will probably include the recently developed 2.4-liter, inline-four force-fed Tigershark, along with a direct-injected version of the Pentastar V6 3.6-liter. Additionally, a direct-injection HEMI V8 will probably be offered, with more power and improved efficiency.