With a history of over 40 years, the Dodge Challenger is preparing for a long, deserved vacation. With Dodge preparing to use a new rear-drive Alfa Romeo platform for its muscle car, and according to Chrysler design chief Ralph Gilles it might be a little bit difficult to combine the Challenger’s large proportion with such a platform. In order to fill the hole the Challenger will create, Dodge is looking to replace the muscle car with a new model, and it seems that the perfect addition will be a new-age Barracuda.

With a 197.7-inch length and a 116.0-inch wheelbase, the Challenger is the largest car in this segment. However, if built, the Barracuda replacement will be more trim and will be built on a new platform that’s smaller than the current Charger/300’s LY. The same platform will be used for a lineup of Alfa Romeo models, including a sports car, a coupe, and a sport sedan.

Motor Trend also reports that the new Barracuda might also be sold under the SRT badge as the new Viper sports car.


Source: MotorTrend

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  (473) posted on 02.29.2012

I hope the last Challenger will be most fabulous of all the Challenger line-ups.

  (594) posted on 02.28.2012

What challenger will no longer be available? I am a fan of Challenger, and I collect some miniatures of them.

  (434) posted on 02.23.2012

Yeah, they need a vacation, but not totally stopping from their legacy on bringing sports cars into life. They are combining the platform of Alfa Romeo and the bodywork of Challenger to create a new-age Barracuda.

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