Various Renders Show Possible Iterations of the Next SRT Muscle Coupe, but There’s No Guarantee the Vehicle Will Be Made
Following their split from Dodge to become a unique vehicle entity, we’ve heard rumor after rumor that the Barracuda (as it was known in its 1964-69 A-Body configuration) or, ‘Cuda for short (as it was known in 1970-74 E-Body iteration), would be returning. SRT and Dodge engineers have spoken of it openly. Dodge re-upped their license control over the ‘Cuda name in 2010. Wikipedia even mentions a 2015 SRT ‘Cuda. So, this has to be a done deal… right? Not at all.
Expected for the 2015 model year, nothing has been made official about the ‘Cuda yet. Since their acquisition, Fiat has given Dodge and, by proxy, SRT a great deal of leeway to do as they saw fit. There has to be an end to their leash though, and the question begs to be asked if a 600+ hp, supercharged heavy muscle car coupe–in a way a redundant vehicle by comparison to the Challenger SRT8 392–is where Fiat might draw the line.
If Fiat does entrust SRT to create this vehicle, though, there’s a certainty that something special will be crafted. It has to be expected that the vehicle’s design is already near completion and is just awaiting the word “go”. So, what would an E-Body inspired modern ‘Cuda look like? It would almost certainly use a modified version of the Challenger platform–as the modern Challenger was designed to pay visual homage to the E-Body Challenger and that platform would provide the ultimate cost efficiency for them as a manufacturer–and SRT engineers will give it a lot of power.
At car shows recently SRT engineers have discussed their production of a blower powered version of the 6.2L HEMI V8. Such a powerplant would be a sound move for the newly autonomous SRT too, as it would show their penchant for taking the most extreme things Dodge does and pushing the envelope further. The biggest difficulty for SRT will be to lighten the ‘Cuda from its Challenger weight and improve the vehicle’s driver feel as the heavy nature of the Challenger has been its biggest point of criticism.
So, without further ado, here are some possible SRT ‘Cuda looks. What do you think?