The iconic muscle car has been out of production for nearly five decades but its greatness doesn’t fade out at all. Moreover, with the recent EV mania that includes bringing back iconic nameplates of the past, it’s just a matter of time before we see the new Barracuda. According to some reports, that may happen already in the next year, but instead of the Plymouth badge, the new model would come as the 2025 Dodge Barracuda.
As you may know, FCA recently presented the Dodge Charger Daytona concept, which previews the next generation Dodge’s most iconic model. At first, the plan was only an all-electric vehicle, with some pretty interesting features but it turns out it will come with internal combustion engines as well, which is a fantastic novelty. The 2025 Dodge Barracuda, should be based on it, and come with a little bit smaller dimensions. But, before we get on design expectations, let’s check some of the most basic facts about the old iconic model.
The Plymouth Barracuda is a classic American muscle car that was produced by Plymouth, a division of Chrysler, between 1964 and 1974. Famous for its sleek and distinctive design, featuring a fastback roofline and large wraparound rear glass. The Barracuda was one of the first pony cars, introduced just a few weeks before the Ford Mustang, and it quickly gained popularity among car enthusiasts. Throughout its production years, the Barracuda underwent several design changes and performance upgrades, cementing its status as an iconic muscle car of the 1960s and 1970s.
It was available with a variety of powerful engines, ranging from the modest six-cylinder options to high-performance V8 engines, catering to different customer preferences. In 1970, Plymouth introduced the Barracuda ‘Cuda, a high-performance variant that featured powerful V8 engines, distinctive graphics, and performance-oriented upgrades. The ‘Cuda became synonymous with raw power and speed, making it a sought-after collectible car among enthusiasts and collectors today. Another fun fact is that the Barracuda participated in various forms of motorsport, including drag racing and road racing, showcasing its capabilities on the track and further enhancing its reputation in the muscle car community.
Among many interesting facts about this pony car, we should mention that Plymouth offered a performance-oriented package called the Formula S for the Barracuda. This package included a more powerful engine, heavy-duty suspension, wider tires, and distinctive badges. The Formula S models are highly sought after by collectors due to their enhanced performance features.
Another fun fact – the early Barracuda models, specifically those from 1964 and 1965, featured a distinctive asymmetrical front grille. The left side of the grille opening was larger than the right side, giving the car a unique and somewhat quirky appearance.
2025 Dodge Barracuda: What to Expect?
With such a legacy, it’s no surprise that the expectations from the 2025 Dodge Barracuda are super high. At this point, the first thing that comes to mind is the badge – as the Plymouth brand isn’t active anymore, the new generation would use Dodge’s badge. It may seem odd to some, but it would be the first time to see something like this in the American automotive industry. After all, the new all-electric Hummer comes with a GMC badge.
As for the overall design, the new model is about to share most of the parts with the next-generation Charger, which will also come in the all-electric form. Does this mean that the 2025 Dodge Barracuda is also going to be all-electric? Probably. But, the big news is that the ICE version will come as well, so we may expect the same thing from the new Barracuda. Unfortunately, HEMI V8 engines will soon be gone, so the new model will have to rely on something with slightly unimpressive sonic features, but with way better efficiency. Most likely, that will be the new 3.0-liter turbo inline-six, the Hurricane. Currently, it is available in two variants, with 420 and 510 horsepower. That seems like a perfect amount for the new iteration of this legend.
Styling-wise, a classic two-door coupe is what we expect to see. Compared to the Charger, we presume it would come with slightly smaller dimensions, while the aesthetics should bring some details that closely resemble the old model. This refers to similar lighting groups, grille design and other parts, all packed in a modern package.
2025 Dodge Barracuda Release Date
The officials are still quiet, but various sources suggest we could see the new 2025 Dodge Barracuda already in the next year.