A brand new Dodge Charger and Barracuda Convertible were recently shown off at a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) dealer conference in Las Vegas.
The return of the Barracuda nameplate has been rumored for some time now as a replacement to the current Challenger, and it seems to finally be happening. The Barracuda is said to be slightly smaller and lighter than the current Challenger, thanks to a new platform.
Both the Barracuda and Charger will be based on the new Alfa Romeo Giulia’s rear-wheel-drive platform, while styling cues will come from the 1999 Dodge Charger R/T Concept. The Giulia is offered with a turbocharged V6 built by Ferrari that makes 510 hp, though it wasn’t mentioned whether or not the Charger and Barracuda will use this high-output engine.
Speaking with Automotive News, dealers who attended the meeting said that FCA told them to expect up to 30 new or refreshed products in the next two years, which suggests that both these new Dodge models will be launching in the near future. In FCA’s previous five-year future outline, they had the full Charger redesign set for 2018.
Evolved versions of the Pentastar V6 and HEMI V8 are likely to stay options to keep muscle car enthusiasts happy, though a turbocharged four-cylinder model is not out of the question.