The Barracuda used to be a well-known nameplate during the 60s and 70s when it was sold under the Plymouth badge. Now, the latest reports suggest that an all-new Barracuda is due to make its debut by the end of 2017. However, the revived model will be built and sold by Dodge. It will be a part of Fiat Chrysler Group’s efforts to boost sales of its daughter company. According to these reports, the 2018 Dodge Barracuda will come as a convertible variant of the new Challenger. Alongside the redesigned Charger and Challenger muscle cars, the upcoming Barracuda is expected to bring back some of Dodge’s old glory.
Dodge Barracuda Convertible
When it comes to dimensions, the 2018 Dodge Barracuda convertible will be 7/8 ths the size of the Challenger sedan. It will be based on the same Alfa Romeo’s modular rear-wheel drive platform that underpins the Giulia. Although closely related with the new Challenger, the open-top Barracuda will feature its own exterior styling, with considerably lower curb weight. As a result, it is expected to be more agile and easier to handle than its larger brother.
Sadly, we are still awaiting more detailed reports concerning the revived Barracuda’s sheet metal as well as interior design. We do expect, though, that it will sport an exterior styling that’s in line with the brand’s latest design language. Although it is adopting some styling cues that will set it apart from the Charger and Challenger. The interior is also expected to differ from what Dodge currently offers in other models. We expect to see a number of uniquely styled features and the company’s most advanced technology.
2018 Dodge Barracuda Engine Department
As far as the mechanics are concerned, the 2018 Dodge Barracuda will be almost identical to the all-new Dodge Challenger. So, expect it to come with capable V6 and V8 engines under its hood. Rumor has it that the Barracuda convertible is due to adopt a 600 hp twin-turbocharged unit. It comes instead of the current 6.4-liter Hemi V8 and the 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 powertrains that are likely to get axed after 2019. Other reports suggest that we might even get to see turbocharged four-cylinders in its engine range. Of course, we’ll be paying close attention to any news surfacing on that matter.
Although the 2018 Dodge Barracuda will be offered exclusively as a convertible, we believe it could become quite a successful model once it makes its long-awaited comeback.