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2013 Dodge Challenger Supercharged Caught Testing 17
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Dodge, Dodge Challenger SRT8, Dodge Challenger SRT8 392, News, SRT, SRT Barracuda on 10 17th, 2012

There is no doubt that the 470 horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT8 was literally left in the dust after the introduction of the new Chevy Camaro ZL1 and Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. While it was fair competition for this trio on a level playing field before the 580-hp ZL1 and newest 662-hp Shelby GT500, the Challenger, despite its hefty weight, was an able competitor. With rumors circulating that the SRT brand has something up their sleeves to put the Challenger back into the game with an honest chance, we are happy to reiterate Road and Track’s report of catching a new Challenger SRT8 392 testing while sporting a cover on the front fascia – possibly to cover up some mild changes for a long-awaited Supercharged variant of the Challenger SRT8.

From the spy photos, found on Road and Tracks post, we speculate that this could either be a supercharged Challenger SRT8 or maybe a mule for an upcoming Cuda, resting on the heels of our previous HEMI Cuda resurrection report.

Either way, it is likely that what we see in the spy shots has something all-new under the hood with some more power. It would only make sense, while the horsepower wars are allowed to commence before strict EPA regulations put an end to the fun, that SRT have one last hoorah for the American muscle car battle with something that will at least keep up with its direct competition. We are sure to see something come out of these spy shots during the 2013 Detroit Auto Show in a few months. Stay tuned!

Details Emerge on 2015 SRT Barracuda As Replacement for Dodge Challenger 24
Posted by Darryl in Automotive, Chrysler, Dodge, Dodge Barracuda, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Challenger SRT8, Dodge Challenger SRT8 392, Fiat, News, SRT, SRT Barracuda on 09 24th, 2012

Speculative Rendering: Jon Sibal

Chrysler, with their newfound joint efforts at Fiat, is set to make additional changes to the lineup to appease the main-stream and enthusiast segments. The latest details to emerge from Chrysler are plans to introduce a 2015 Barracuda to first join the SRT line of vehicles ultimately replacing the current Dodge Challenger. The Barracuda will join the SRT Viper’s paved outlet for a more common-placed performance vehicle.

The Dodge Challenger, built on Chrysler’s LX platform (incl. Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Dodge Magnum) is undeniably a big vehicle carrying around some serious heft to it. With the automotive market moving towards more efficient vehicles, the ideal decision would be to scale down these vehicles and that is where a new Barracuda would come into place to be the successor for the Challenger.

Speculative Rendering: Jon Sibal

With the strong and growing alliance of Chrysler and Fiat, the companies have a wider range of platforms to share. Yet Chrysler is still using platform setups derived from the Benz E-Class on their LX platform, the Fiat brand has been on the search for rear-drive offerings, from Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Maserati, which could easily be a choice replacement to ultimately underpin the new Barracuda.

The new Barracuda, set to initially be an SRT-branded vehicle, will be the first of a new generation of rear-wheel-drive Chrysler vehicles. Engine choices could start with force-fed 4-cylinders, maybe a direct-injection V6, and top out with the infamous 5.7 or 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engines. The 2015 Cuda is expected to lose over 6 inches of the Challenger’s wheelbase. Width is expected to be down about 2 inches while the vehicle will weigh in about 250 to 300 pounds less.

Having a smaller footprint and lighter weight, the new Cuda could be a candidate for export further expanding the Chrysler SRT brand’s reach.

[source: Car and Driver  / images: Jon Sibal]

New Report Says Dodge Challenger Will Coexist With SRT Barracuda 7
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Dodge, Dodge Challenger, Kurt, News, SRT, SRT Barracuda on 09 7th, 2012

2013 Dodge Challenger R/T – image: Chrysler Group LLC

When it comes to the latest generation of pony cars, you’ve got the Ford Mustang, the Chevrolet Camaro, and the Dodge Challenger. In terms of sales, the Challenger is a distant third to its rivals, and Dodge offers no counterpoint to the Mustang Boss 302, the Shelby GT500, the Camaro 1LE or the Camaro ZL1.

The rumored SRT Barracuda was supposed to level the playing field, coming in smaller and lighter than the Challenger. The cost of the new Barracuda, however, was rumored to be the existence of the Dodge Challenger. Early reports said the Challenger was to be killed off in favor of the Barracuda, but a new report from Automotive News (subscription required) shows that may not be the case.

Instead, the 2015 Challenger will move to a new platform, shedding weight and three inches of wheelbase in the process. Sharing the same platform will be the SRT Barracuda, which will be designed to go up against the fastest cars from its rivals. Rumor is that power may come from a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8, which could potentially give the Barracuda the grunt to match the Camaro ZL1 and the Shelby GT500.

Note that we didn’t say “Hemi 6.2-liter V-8,” and the omission was deliberate. For now, Hemis come in 5.7-liters and 6.4-liters, although a 6.1-liter Hemi V-8 was also built until 2010. We’re not sure it makes sense for Chrysler to de-stroke the 6.4-liter mill, or bore out the 5.7-liter block, so the rumored 6.2-liter V-8 sounds like an entirely new engine to us.