Dodge Challenger to Live on Next to Barracuda


Despite rumors and speculation that the soon-for-resurrection Barracuda nameplate would replace the Dodge Challenger, reports suggest that the muscle cars will co-exist.

Rather than axing the nameplate altogether, it sounds like Chrysler will keep the Challenger in production for another generation. Before that happens, it will add launch control to the car – discouraging wheel spin and better distributing torque to the rear wheels for improved acceleration. When the new generation does roll around, the new car will ride on a two- to three-inch shorter wheelbase than the current model.

If Automotive News is correct, the SRT8 Challenger will end up on the chopping block while the entry-level and R/T models will remain. To replace the current flagship, Chrysler will likely commission its recently emancipated SRT division to build the new bad boy Barracuda aimed at Ford’s Shelby GT500 and Chevrolet’s ZL1 Camaro.

Both of the new Chrysler muscle cars are expected to arrive in mid 2014, right in time to compete with the next-generation Mustang. Given what Ford is doing with its pony car, the playing field is wide open for original ideas.

[Source: Automotive News]