The Dodge Challenger is the name of three different generations of automobiles marketed by the Dodge division of Chrysler. The Dodge Silver Challenger was manufactured in 1959. From 1970 to 1974, the 1st generation Dodge Challenger pony car was built while using the Chrysler E platform, sharing major components with the Plymouth Barracuda. The second generation, from 1978 to 1983, was a badge engineered Mitsubishi Galant Lambda. The third, and current generation, was introduced in 2008 as a rival to the evolved fifth generation Ford Mustang along with the fifth generation Chevrolet Camaro.
Not very much about the Dodge Barracuda 2015 deviates from the formula that made the car famous-it features a monstrous V-10, rear-wheel drive, as well as a manual transmission, and it still looks ready for just a 10-on-1 bar fight. Branding it not really a Dodge but an SRT, however, has raised eyebrows. Giving that new brand heft is a second model: the 2015 SRT Barracuda, this Dodge Challenger's replacement.
Unlike the actual Viper, it will be some sort of dramatic departure. Chrysler's LX program (Chrysler 300, Dodge Magnum and Charger) benefited coming from front and rear -suspension setups derived from the Mercedes-Benz S- and E-class, respectively, but it's huge for just a pony car. Since the Challenger's beginning, the LX has evolved into the LY and gained weight at the same time. Now that it's part associated with Fiat, Dodge would like to be able to export Challengers, but their mass and zaftig proportions limit overseas sales potential. With fuel economy a developing priority-not to mention four-cylinder versions of the two Mustang and Camaro on the horizon-Chrysler required to slim down its offering. Thankfully, Fiat has been on the prowl for the rear-drive platform for use through Lancia, Alfa Romeo, and maybe Maserati. These factors motivated Chrysler to build up a new platform, and the Barracuda are going to be its first fruit.