The Barracuda Takes Vipers Place
As most Mopar fans know, the SRT Viper ceased production for 2017 as sales, corporate, emissions, safety regulations and various other nooses were blamed for the death of the legendary snake. Well, it appears that the snake was eaten by a vicious fish. Insiders have commented that the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant, where the Viper was being built will begin retooling in order to start the production of a “specialty” vehicle with “legendary roots”. After we got in touch with our sources, it became clear that the legendary Plymouth Barracuda was to begin reproduction as the now Dodge/Chrysler SRT Cuda. Still, no word if it will have Dodge or Chrysler badge.
2020 Dodge/Chrysler SRT Cuda Chassis
Talk of the SRT Barracuda is that it will be a smaller production than it’s cousin the Challenger but will share some of the architecture. When asked about previous rumors of a new, aerodynamic concept that shared the Alfa Romeo Giulia RWD platform, we were told that “the chassis and setup will be unique and deserving of the Cuda badge” – So take that how you will.
2020 Dodge/Chrysler SRT Cuda Engine/Powertrain
First and foremost is the power plant that looks to be a “strengthened” 6.2L or 6.4L with a larger bore of 105.4-mm and longer stroke. On top sits a next-gen 2.4L Supercharger with a updated gear ratio. This could put the 2020 SRT Cuda at 800+ horsepower with the right fuel. Rumors of an E85 map running in order to reach said figures might cause the forums to detonate.
The new 2020 Dodge Barracuda is expected to reach top speeds faster than any of the previous generation ‘Cudas.
The first generation Barracuda had a top speed of 118 mph. The second gen model topped out at 123 mph. Plymouth’s final generation was rumored to hit a top speed of 155 mph. A modern Barracuda fitted with sophisticated modern engine is expected to have a top speed of around 203 mph, similar to that of the Dodge Viper.
2020 Dodge/Chrysler SRT Cuda Suspension
The Dodge/Chrysler team has been working with various in-house and 3rd party engineers on various suspension setups (including magnetic dampening). There is no word if they will stick with a similar rear-axle setup as the Challenger (we never hear talk of a live axle or Dana 60 but we can dream). It seems that Dodge/Chrysler wants to make this vehicle faster on the track than the Hellcat and more powerful. It will of likely come with a “Viper” like price tag.
2020 Dodge/Chrysler SRT Cuda Appearance
The vehicle will have limited editions as well as optional performance extras. As for the rest of the vehicle, the design is to reflect the “nostalgia” of the 3rd-Gen Cuda while still meeting all safety and emissions criteria. No word on a manual option either.