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Friday, August 28, 2015

The Barracuda Will Return as a Dodge-Branded Convertible


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It’s been a while since we’ve seen a new Barracuda on the market—41 years, to be exact. Even then, it was wearing a now-defunct Plymouth badge. But ‘Cuda fans—and muscle car fans in general—should be excited to hear that the legendary muscle car is making a comeback.

According to Automotive News, Chrysler announced to dealers at a conference in Las Vegas that the new Barracuda is on the way, using the new Alfa Romeo Guilia as a base, and sporting a convertible top only. While that all sounds like good news, there will be a bit of a questionable design approach.


Love it or hate it (we choose the latter), the 1999 Charger R/T concept will be the main source of inspiration for the new ‘Cuda. Like the current charger it will expectedly be long, “swoopy,” and sporting some muscle car cues along the way. At least that’s what a few unnamed dealer sources had to say.

Alongside the new Barracuda, the new Charger will also use the Alfa Romeo Guilia (pictured below) as a base. The flexible platform is all a part of FCA’s more streamlined approach—using a single platform for multiple vehicles. And we’ll see a new Alfa Romeo SUV, new Maserati models, a new Wrangler, and a high-performance Jeep Grand Cherokee Track Hawk.


Looks like FCA is going to be busy in the next few years.