• Jan 30, 2008
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When Chrysler trotted out the 'Cuda concept this past November at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, our first thought, after wanting to give it our lunch money, was that it might be one of the few examples in recent memory where Chrysler's badge engineering boffins couldn't drop the ball. A Photoshop wizard from Sao Paulo, Brazil by the name of Rafael Reston figured that Chrysler wasn't working fast enough (if at all) and decided to mock up his own interpretation of a Barracuda revival. While we're not entirely sold on the styling cues he chose, which straddle the line between concept car gauche and an art student's waste basket, we still like the idea. But it's highly doubtful that Chrysler has the time or resources to pour into a low-volume seller that has the possibility of cannibalizing sales from the Challenger.

[Source: Serious Wheels via Carscoop]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      ]http://www.hxcperformance.com/

      These guys are working on Plymouth 'Cuda bodyparts and badges for the new Challenger.

      You can see artists impressions of what their parts will look like installed.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Thank you for sharing that.

        If I was getting a Challenger I'd definatly spring for this package.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks more like a "best parts of current muscle cars" composite than a barracuda concept. I mean it has air vents straight from a mustang. Still looks good though.
        • 6 Years Ago
        My thoughts exactly.. front end looks like a Mustang, C pillar is reminiscent of the Charger, and the back is....just.....blaugh
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thank the Lord! GM is beating up the retro competition, now there is a true competition. The Mustang is looking out dated already next to the new camaro concept and the dodge challenger concept, this car should mix up the competition.

      It should also come out a 426 hemi, as an option. Seems like it would be pricey though, just look at the pricing for the new camero and the challenger, might be worth it though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is why we leave auto design to the pros. An ALIAS wizard does not a designer make.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Those headlights make it look like an eager dog, eyes wide open, waiting for its meal.

      Take that as you wish.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Eww, this is horrible...the proportions are all wrong (too big) and it makes the car look like a Fisher Price toy car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      and why the crap is it on a landing pad of a navy ship? that's super gay.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This thing is an abomination. He took the Italian Mustang concept and made it worse.
      • 6 Years Ago
      NO.

      Barracuda will probably end up being a trim level name for the Challenger, like Daytona is for Charger. That isn't great either, though.

      I am kind of surprised that the SRT8 version of the Challenger wasn't presented as a Barracuda, with single round headlights per side, a D-grille, and triple bar tail lights a the rear corners. That is about all it needs.

      But this chop is bad. Both in premise and execution.

      The Chrysler variant should be the Firepower, or something. Something new, modern, and completely devoid of retro anything.

      The same can be said about the Pontiac Firebird/TA variant of the Camaro/Zeta chassis, and a Mercury Cougar/Eliminator version of the Mustang on an IRS equipped S197 chassis. All modern design alternatives to the retro stable-mates.

      Having a Dodge retro coupe, AND a Chrysler retro coupe a the same time is stupid, and far too reminiscent of the K-car and Neon re-badging the same exact cars under different brand names.

      Badge engineering two distinct looking cars from the same chassis is one thing, but blatant duplication is another.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice, needs a shaker...but Chrysler wont make it. =(
      • 6 Years Ago
      looks like a gay transformer. this coming from someone who loves mopar.
        • 6 Years Ago
        agreed.
        he took the camaro body and changed the front end.
        un-original. ugly. gay.

        take your pick.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like this much better than the Challenger. The tippy-toe ride height and front overhang that afflict the Challenger aren't present here.
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