According to Motor Trend, one of the spicy rumors bouncing around the floor of this year’s Detroit Auto Show is that the Dodge Challenger’s eventual successor, expected sometime in 2014, could go by the name Barracuda. The amateurs among you will make Heart jokes; those aiming for a higher quality of humor should go for Nash Bridges references.
But the name isn’t the only thing that might change in regards to the Challenger’s replacement. According to MT‘s “unimpeachable” sources, the Barracuda would be much smaller and lighter than the current car, closer in size to the Hyundai Genesis Coupe; it’ll also supposedly be built on a new RWD chassis, separate from the current Charger/300 platform. The new RWD platform would allow Fiat to use the car for an Alfa Romeo coupe, if they were so inclined.
The big question is, would such a platform still have room for a honking Hemi V8? While we’ll admit the current Challenger could use a bit of slimming down, but a Mopar muscle car without a Hemi is like Lindsay Lohan without a drink in her hand—no fun at all.
Still, it’s all conjecture at this point; we could just as easily see Dodge pursuing a Mustang-like path of gradual styling change while sticking with the Charger/300 architecture. (Actually, that sounds a lot more appealing.) But whatever happens, we don’t see Dodge shooting themselves in the foot when it comes to replacing what is arguably the best-looking muscle car on the road today. [via Motor Trend]