2015 SRT Barracuda will ride on a new platform, smaller than the one used by Challenger

Article by Christian A., on September 24, 2012

Aside from reports that the SRT Barracuda will be offered alongside the present Dodge Challenger, we’ve also learned that the 2015 SRT Barracuda will use a totally new platform. In consideration of the Dodge Challenger’s weight and size, Chrysler has chosen to develop the new Barracuda on a smaller platform so that it could be more of a global model.

Because of the Fiat-Chrysler relationship, the U.S. automaker aims to export its existing Challenger model but treats its size as an obstacle. A shorter and lighter Barracuda makes plenty of sense due to the increasing awareness of fuel economy as a primary purchasing factor in other markets.

It’s expected that the 2015 SRT Barracuda will have a similar size as the present Ford Mustang, being shorter by over six inches compared to the existing Challenger’s wheelbase. Its overall length would be shorter by eight inches while the rear track and overall width would shrink by slightly over 2 inches.

In addition, the Barracuda will be nearly 300 lbs lighter than the Challenger, which means that a four-cylinder may be feasible. If there is significant weight loss, it may be equipped with a new 2.4-liter Tigershark inline-four with a type of forced induction to make the SRT name a good fit.

Marketed as 2012’s best American muscle coupe, the new Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 is built with even more innovative performance features. This powerful machine operates with an exceptional straight-line acceleration through a balanced performance approach. It is also renowned for its high-performance braking and top-of-the-line ride and handling among other recent upgrades that provide more control and excitement. Despite all these advantages, it still runs 23 miles for every gallon on the road.

Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 also has amazing speed. Within the 4-second range, it easily speeds up from zero to 60 mph. It also covers a quarter mile in mid-12-second range when run with automatic transmission and runs 0-100-0 mph in just within 15s. It can also reach its maximum speed of 182 mph using its manual transmission (175 mph when using the automatic transmission). Lastly, it stops from 60 to 0 mph at 117 feet.

Impressive powertrain

The HEMI V-8 has a 6.4-liter (392-cubic inch) capacity and fires up to 470 horsepower and a torque of 470 lb. ft. To achieve intense starts and enhanced straight-line performance, the torque band was made extremely flat. Also providing for high-end power and top low-end torque is the modern active intake manifold that is combined with the high-lift cam with phasing.

It also delivers 23 miles for every gallon on the road with the standard transmission (manual) or the optional automatic transmission. Improved ride control for different speeds and idle stability is also guaranteed with its upgraded engine mounts.

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