• Oct 29, 2007
OK, let's set a few things straight about this right off the bat. We have no details other than the photos you see here, which are posted at CarDomain and were sent in via a tipster. It's parked with the other SEMA Chryslers and looks for all the world like a factory 'Cuda concept based on the LX platform shared by the Dodge Charger, Challenger, and Chrysler 300. Now, let's go into 100% speculation mode.

If it's a real Chrysler concept, logic would dictate that it's based on the Challenger (2-door body style and all) and is therefore propelled by some HEMI variant under its shaker hood. A look inside reveals a stock Chrysler interior, save for the pistol-grip shifter, and a closer inspection of the steering wheel reveals a badge that looks like it represents something other than Chrysler or Dodge, which means that this could just as likely be an one-off show car from some undetermined builder.

We hope that's not the case, and that it's really a tease to gauge interest in a possible Barracuda production car, but something that important would likely be unveiled at one of the big public shows. A modern HEMI Cuda would be awesome, but until we get some kind of confirmation on what this thing is, we won't hold our breath. One of the reasons we remain skeptical is that our party-crashing buddy, Ray from Jalopnik, is currently skulking about the show floor, snapping pics during setup. If this was an actual Chrysler Barracuda concept, he'd have probably posted on it by now. In any case, the Autoblog SEMA crew will be on-site tomorrow, and they'll be able to let us know if this is really something to get excited about or not.

UPDATE: According to commenter "Burningman," it's a one-off, carbon fiber-bodied, Charger-based custom for a private customer. No word on what shop did the project.

Thanks for the tip, Maestro1!

[Source: CarDomain]



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      • 7 Years Ago
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      i know we've already established that this is a custom job.... but for those pining for cuda to make a comeback, does chrysler really need the charger, challenger and cuda? doesn't make business sense to me
        • 7 Years Ago
        It appears to be a one-off concept. The logo on the steering wheel is from a well known Chrysler concept builder.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh forgot to add that it's based on a Charger and is a Carbon Fiber body
      • 7 Years Ago
      "which means that this could just as likely be an one-off show car for some undetermined builder. "

      Dude, please tell me what forms one needs to sign to receive access to preproduction cars for SEMA purposes? BAD ASS!

      Oh and a new 'cuda would rock!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Rather than build two cars with different grills, just add a grill option to the order specs. No charge. Cuda or Challenger. Build one car, change the grill at the dealer.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The exterior and interior look like they're from two different worlds. I'm not saying that ya have to go full retro on the inside, but that dash looks almost exactly like the 300C.

      I don't think this is a concept. No manufacturer would put a pair of $59.00 Pep Boys lookin' fog lights on a car they wanted anyone to take seriously. It's like a makeup artist adding a couple of warts on Giselle Bundchen's chin.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This doesn't look much different to a Challenger to me. The only difference I really see is the Front end and the interior.

      While I love the Challenger Concept (and hope the production model isn't too big), I think that Chrysler should at least try and change the styling to differentiate the Baracuda from the Challenger. Otherwise it'll be like all those millions of Mustang variations running around...
      • 7 Years Ago
      This interior bears more than a passing resemblance to the Avenger. This car also appears to be much smaller than the Challenger concept, which I've seen at the past two Chicago Auto Shows.

      My guess is that Chrysler isn't overlapping models at all and may be contemplating a way to spice up their lineup of smaller offerings.
        • 7 Years Ago
        This car is bigger then the Challanger it is on the Charger frame.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can't believe that car is over 2 tons. If it was 3500-3600, I would snap it up.
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why on earth didn't they paint the hood scoop?? Looks terrible when the rest of the car is polished.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That interior is terrible. The Challengers and Cuda's back and the day were basically the same car with diffrent girls and diffrent engine options.... I'm not to sure this is a concept either... Guess we'll find out.
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