• Dec 21, 2010
Sox and Martin Collector Series Hemi Cuda - Click above for high-res image gallery

Fewer nameplates resonate with the muscle-obsessed Mopar crowd more than the Cuda. Packing a 426 Hemi engine under the long, shaker-equipped hood, the classic 'Cuda was potent enough to strike fear into the hearts and souls of more plebeian hardware... which was pretty much everything else on the road.

Now that the muscle car wars are officially back in full swing – and, perhaps most importantly, the latest Mustang, Camaro and Challenger have all proven to be hits with the American population – Chrysler has hinted that the 'Cuda could once again terrorize the dealership lot.

According to Allpar.com, Chrysler has even registered the name Cuda as a trademark. As we've said in the past (and our readers seem to agree), we'd be more than happy to welcome back the Barracuda to the muscle car fold... just so long as it's significantly different from the Dodge Challenger with which it will surely share its underpinnings.

Now would be a good time to point out that the 'Cuda was historically a bit smaller than the Challenger, with a two-inch reduction in wheelbase when compared to its sibling. What we can say for certain is that a reborn 'Cuda, should it ever see the light of day, won't be wearing its old Plymouth name badge. Our best guess is that it would be sold as a Chrysler. In any case, consider our interest piqued.



Photos copyright ©2010 Drew Phillips / AOL

[Source: Allpar.com]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Great.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Muss be a buncha con sarn rookies here. NO ONE has yet mentioned "Mr 4 speed" - Ronnie Sox of Sox and Martin. God rest his soul. Before Lenco tran's and all the elecronic gadgetry, you had to yank that stem in time with the clutch and hope you didn't red light doing it. Recognized as the fastest shifter in the drag business those days. I remember (OK - let me carry on ... I'm old) the night at Union Grove when ALL the big time pro stocks were there ... Grumpy, Don Nicholson, Sox and Martin, etc. And a new car, a FOUR DOOR Mercury or Ford by Gapp and Roush. Yep, that Roush. It was when they pulled the front wheels 6' in the air off the line ... and reached for second gear doing it! (Goes to get a tissue)
      • 4 Years Ago
      What's the point to make a new one? All it would do is cannibalize Challenger sales which are already pacing behind the Mustang and Camaro by a wide margin. There is no Firebird and there is no Cougar therefore there is no need for a Cuda, as much as I would love to a modern version. I still am hopeful that they will bring out the Chrysler Firepower as that would serve a better purpose in the new Chrysler.
        • 4 Years Ago
        RW

        Because, when a vehicle has an actual "Lore" behind it, there's a market for it. And the 'Cuda has lore in droves.

        I'm not even a Chrysler historian and I know that...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I should point out that Challenger sales is far better than Chrysler had planned, this car was never meant to compete with the Mustang and Camaro head to head sales wise.

        Not meant as a sales king, but a halo niche product.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "What's the point to make a new one?" Because they can and it's one of the best most desired cars in all of the automotive world!
      • 4 Years Ago
      They could call it a Plymouth, they'd just have to call it 'Plymouth 'Cuda by Chrysler'
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1 Just make Cuda - 'Cuda (with the apostrophe in the front) like the original.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If it doesn't lose at least 500 pounds compared to the Challenger, why would there be any interest. I owned a 340 Duster, and if anyone should have an attraction to a Cuda, it would be me. However excess weight eliminates all purchases these days.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm lost as to why a past Duster owner would necessarily be a 'Cuda fan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Shrink the platform it's based on (the Challenger), remove the rear seats; overall much lighter car. Tighten the steering, form the suspension, and stuff the 5.7L in it, tune it up to the 400bhp level and call it a day.

      Think of it as a "mini" Challenger, blended into a solid sports car and not so much of a boat.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Chrysler has hinted that the 'Cuda could once again terrorize the dealership lot."

      Instead of building cars for dealership lots, build cars for the street.

      It would be nice to see the Firepower built but they're on the retro bandwagon.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the Cuda name will be better suited with the Dodge nameplate. Chrysler in its original form is suppose to be a more of a luxury marque (Buick) and the Cuda just would not fit into that category.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So when does Chrysler get serious about fuel efficiency? All they seem to be focusing on is producing the car with the biggest engine, while gas prices climb above $3/gallon. When they hit $4, what will Chrysler do? Convince all the macho men to buy a 500? I don't think so.
      RamAirThree
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a Challenger to me... are we going to start making the same mistakes again Chrysler?
      • 4 Years Ago
      What I don't get is that, even though Plymouth is long dead, I'm sure Chrysler still has the rights to the Plymouth name, so why not release it as a Plymouth Barracuda, and just sell it at Dodge/Chrysler dealerships?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wouldn't read too much into this. Chrysler is probably looking to make sure that what happened with Ford and the GT40 name doesn't happen to them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's what I was thinking. Considering the sales volume of the Challenger and how much it is being outsold by the Camaro and Mustang, doesn't make me think they would be willing to develop another vehicle. I'm sure GM still owns the names Firebird and Trans-Am.
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