• Nov 5th 2010 at 7:58PM
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Mr. Norm's Super Cuda – Click above for high-res image gallery

Might a fishy new muscle car be bound for U.S. market consumption? According to USA Today, Ralph Gilles, the man who ably heads Chrysler's Dodge brand, indicated to a crowd of Mopar-obsessed fans at the 2010 SEMA Show that a resurrection of the classic Barracuda is indeed a possibility.

Keep in mind that Dodge has already re-released the Challenger, which was the Barracuda's fellow pony car sibling from 1970 through 1974, so the car's platform is seemingly already there. That raises an interesting conundrum, though: how would The Pentastar differentiate the two models if they shared a platform and featured similar styling?

Another question that would need answering is where the model would fall into the current Chrysler portfolio. Remember, the Barracuda wore a Plymouth badge way back when, and that brand got sent to the great scrapheap in the sky several years ago. As such, if it were ever to happen – which is a very, very big 'if' – we may be in store for a Chrysler Barracuda.

Would the purists object? Probably, but certainly no more than they did when Dodge brought back the Charger nameplate for a four-door sedan... With that in mind, we want to know what you think. Should Chrysler reintroduce the Barracuda?

Should Chrysler reintroduce the Barracuda?
Why are you even asking? Of course there should be a new Barracuda! 5647 (30.3%)
Sure... but only if it's not just a rebadged Challenger. 8648 (46.4%)
No way, no how. There's no need for another muscle car. 4327 (23.2%)

[Source: USA Today]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Tad Wilson
      • 3 Years Ago
      only if it doen't look like a camaro! Make it look like the old ones and you will have a winner!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      NEEDS a shaker hood...
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should re release the barracuda but it should look like the challenger. Maybe it should look like a mustang and a challenger had a baby and named it barracuda....maybe. Chrystler just needs to be original and careful if and when they make this car. oh and they should make a real sick looking emblem of a barracuda for it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They should release it, but only if it looks like the concept vehicle, right now it just looks like a challenger, go back to the concept version, then we're talking.
      • 3 Years Ago
      the cuda looks really cool. bring em back.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Since the 'Cuda is the greatest muscle car in history, making Camaro's, mustangs, vette's, and even other mopars look like your mothers farm wagon......you have to be a complete moron to not demand Chrysler to make it, or just get out of the auto business and sell the rights for the 'Cuda to be manufactured by a private enterprise with the balls to make the greatest vehicle in history. There will never be a supercar like Ferrari, Zonder, Porshe, or Lamborghini that could touch a new Hemicuda with independent suspension, and all the new great technology up under these new prototypes of the 'Cuda we all have seen. Really...are you all stupid, or just don't get the mystic behind this KING of all cars. If I have to see another new Camaro......I WILL START A WAR. Ugly plow wagons they are.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should bring back the Roadrunner. Cheap, light and fast
      Red Dog
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well I think in 6 to 8 years all ice cars will be in the recycle bin and we will all hopefully drive electric versions of cars like this. Why doesnt dodge make this a bev are they just chicken sh@t? Heck it could be a hot hot seller and out sell the volt easily. No more stupid gas burbers people, lets move on to a better future.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dream on, pal!! There may be more electric cars, but there will still be plenty of ice cars out there 6 to 8 years from now.

        Dodge does not make electric versions of cars like this b/c they do not see a market for them. We do not live in a "utopia", therefore, companies still must turn a profit to survive.

        Electrics will likely never be the only choice, and thank God for that!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        So you are saying you would rather take the long term gamble on oil prices then, well cheap gas is history pal and it will get worse with other countries adding to the demand. Thank God China sees this and is mandating a clean car future through electrics. I will email you in 3 years to see you cry over 5 buck gallon gasoline and remind you that I bought a ugly gas free Nissan Leaf. Good luck buddy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What about a "Cuda" based on Alfa Romeo Brera.....?
      Altough it would be a BMW 3-series coupe contender; this way it could be selling around the world, not only in America.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes.Call it the Plymouth Barracuda by Chrysler.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I could see there being room for an upscale (Luxury) Chrysler Barracuda. Trim the interior in high quality materials that would justify it being a luxury muscle car and maybe squeeze a couple extra horses out of each engine available.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What would be nice is something with aggressive challenger like (but not same) lines that is 90% size and weight but with the same engine/drive train. A pony car the size of the originals.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree with the weight. The car is too heavy. It's actually bigger than it needs to be for a pony car equiv.

        I think it would look great! Better than the Camaro spin offs for sure. Those are getting more horrible by the day! Follow the Mustang's lead in regards to effective styling that's not overly stoopid.

        The ONE thing I do see as a hindrance is the price. The RT and SRT8 are both expensive. WAY to expensive. If the Barracuda arrives and is even more expensive because of 'exclusivity' or the name it would be hard to say yes to nothing more than a dressed up challenger.

        Shed Weight | Lower Price | I'm Sold, otherwise I'd take a Mustang. Probably still take the Mustang though since it's so freakin nice and it's so well tuned to perfection. Seriously it's that amazing of a car!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I can't really see a new Barracuda in the new Chrysler brand lineup. It would be irresponsible to the near/entry-level luxury lineup they're trying to achieve and maintain. And it would counter-intuitive to do a vehicle that's basically 95% the same as the Challenger. Maybe if they do a 'Cuda, it would just be a performance/exterior option for the existing Challenger --- not a completely separate model.

        Chrysler needs a performance sports car to help fill out its lineup, but another muscle car nostalgia-based road pig. They need to build something using today's ideology of performance & design.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I thought this was the supposed Viper based Chrysler with a SRT 6.4 V8 priced at the entry level corvette slot... but more luxo...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed, but they should do the Barracuda styled like the original 1964 model, with the glass back.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Make the Mustang 5.0 as the benchmark. The chassis and drivetrain is there... just do something with that weight!
        • 4 Years Ago
        To match the original weight would mean a reduction of half a ton, down near compact size numbers. With all the added safety equipment, that would be impossible regardless of how much plastic was used. This whole vehicle started on the wrong foot by being based on the 300 platform. Unless this is started over fresh, I see little hope that an overall reduction is possible. And unprofitable from an outfit with little development cash to spend on a limited market.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How about we just bring back a performance model. Hemi cuda. But lets use those spare viper engines and sell em for around $65,000 at street legal form. Maybe a built in roll cage vs a open frame one. I forgot which brand uses them but its a tube frame inside the body panels.
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