• Apr 26th 2007 at 1:58PM
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The interweb is atwitter today thanks to a piece published by the Detroit News that hints Chrysler may revive the storied Cuda nameplate. Such a car would obviously share a platform with the upcoming Challenger, though would be sold as a Chrysler model since its original parent brand, Plymouth, is long since shuttered. The rumor was started by an interview given by famed hot rod tuner Chip Foose at the 2007 New York Auto Show earlier this month in which he mentioned the possibility of such a car.

We think the rumor has pretty weak legs to stand on, considering it originated from a guy who doesn't even work for Chrysler. Though Foose has partnered with DCX on a number of projects, there's no reason they would release such sensitive information to him. It could be the case that Foose wants a Chrysler Cuda to be developed and sold, but that's an entirely different story.

Plus, the New York Auto Show has been done and over for about three weeks. The possibility of a new Cuda is pretty hot info, so as a fellow publisher we're boggled why The Detroit News would sit on it for so long. As for the rendering that appears with the source article, while tastefully done by our friend George Achorn, is clearly just a tweaked version of a Challenger pic with a new color and different wheels. If Chrysler ever did decide to build the Cuda again, hopefully it would be differentiated by more than that.

The rendering we chose to use (above) is one done by the excellent Doug Schramm of www.creatingthelie.com fame. We found his pics of a Chrysler Cuda hanging out on ChryslerCuda.com. Cleary the Cuda's return became the wish of many Mopar enthusiasts as soon as the Challenger Concept first took the stage at the 2005 Detroit Auto Show.

[Source: The Detroit News]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      The car looks great! Change the sheetmetal drmatically though, Call it the Plymouth Barracuda, and bring back the Plymouth Marque starting with this car...Dodges with a little less content and price, just like it was intended over 50 years ago.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The wheels in this photochop are from an '07 Jaguar XKR.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Chip Foose has that magical NIH factor, so popular in Wayne county.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #14 3 cubed something...I meant the Plymouth brand...they were around for more than 50 years...they weren't some sort of upstart like Scion...they actually have a LONG history in the automotive industry
      • 8 Years Ago
      There's an obvious solution to this. Foose could create the aftermarket kits to make it happen.
      • 8 Years Ago
      as a fan of the orignial e-body cars i think chrysler should have both the Cuda and Challenger together just like in 1970
      • 8 Years Ago
      SO WHAT if it is a Dodge Cuda? The Neon worked ok as a Dodge and it was a Plymouth first.

      It would not stop me from buying one. Sorry if it upsets the purists, but if it makes money, then oh well...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I stopped at a dealership yesterday and asked for info on the Challenger. While there, I mentioned a Cuda. The Sales Mgr. commented, "Oh, those are coming out in 2010 by Chrysler. We'll have them also."
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hottest new car in 33 years!!!Sorry import fan's this down right is a real car not a leaf blower on wheel's
      • 8 Years Ago
      It would be nice for the Mopar man that wants a few more of the luxo toys and plushness usually associated with what at least used to be a upscale brand Chrysler. Plus I'd call it the Plymouth Cuda by Chrysler. Such a shame Plymouth is gone.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The 'Cuda rumor has been around for awhile -- it first surfaced several months before the Challenger concept ever saw the light of day -- and every now and then pops up on various Mopar message boards via regulars who might or might not have sources inside the company.

      It would be ridiculously easy to do, and would make a logical follow-on if the Challenger should run its course after two or three years. But I'm not betting the farm on it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I can't see any point in this. For one thing, Plymouth is dead. There was no such thing as a "Chrysler" Cuda, so it wouldn't even really be a revival. Second, DCX has been trying to cultivate Chrysler as a near-luxury or actual luxury brand, this vehicle would do nothing for that. Third, is there anyone out there who would consider the Cuda but NOT consider the Challenger? All this does is create internal competition, it wouldn't bring in any more buyers than the Challenger will alone. Yes, it would be cool to further reinforce the cool new muscle car niche, but I don't see it making any financial sense for a hurting Chrysler corporation. Put some money into fixing the odd-looking Sebring first.
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