Comments - Pony Car Icons, Part 2: Plymouth Barracuda

Published: May 30, 2012
Description: Though nearly all pony cars went through some pretty serious changes in the first few years of their existence, the changes which Plymouth scrambled to implement on the Barracuda are certainly the mos...
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Greg Lewis Jun 01, 2012
@esam do like I am, pay down the 6, get ahead of the payment and trade up. Sometimes that's all you can afford to do. It comes down to $$$. And I wasn't going to pay 8k more for a new base hemi when I could get a loaded 6
Esam Mohammad May 31, 2012
I have a V6 ... It's really good with the 305 hp new pentastar engine . Still I wish I had a V8 with manual gear box
Paul Lissona May 31, 2012
I really think challengers should all be V8s, they're totally the ones for a V8.
Christopher Helms May 31, 2012
The mustang is just a car that been done over too many times. Yeah it is a cool car and powerful but it lacks that spunk that the Challenger has. The challenger goes back to its roots, the mustang is just eh
Esam Mohammad May 31, 2012
@greg Exactly !!
Dillon Dixon May 31, 2012
I love the new challenger a lot, but I'm in complete love with the new mustang. I'm always breaking my neck at the new stangs. I like the fact that it's a bit smaller. It could be slower than the chally and I wouldn't care. I love it too much!
Greg Lewis May 30, 2012
... Not for "want to win every drag race"
Greg Lewis May 30, 2012
The challengers are very tall, I'm 6ft and have a heck of a time waxing the beasts roof. Mustangs are a dime a dozen, think that's why challys turn heads. They are outsold 2:1. But it's been said a million times, challengers bought by car lovers...
Abraham Mendoza May 30, 2012
The only problem I have with new challengers is that they're too tall, compared to the original, its a massive difference.
Esam Mohammad May 30, 2012
@jackson I couldn't agree more
Devin Babyn May 30, 2012
I have a weird thing with the Chally though. They made it so identical that it feels almost like a knockoff/kit car to me. I love the original but this one I just look at it and it just doesn't feel right. Idk pretty sure that's only me though
Jackson Michael May 30, 2012
Mustangs look boring as hell. Challengers are the sexiest muscle car revival so far.
Esam Mohammad May 30, 2012
To * sorry iPhone :)
Esam Mohammad May 30, 2012
@devin I guess challenger beats mustang when it comes tito the looks !
Devin Babyn May 30, 2012
You either need to get your eyes checked or you need to look up what a person with downs looks like
Devin Babyn May 30, 2012
Yes Chris. Yes they are. Did you really need to ask?
Jerrod Swenson May 30, 2012
The first and second generation Barracuda (64-69) were an A body, and was similar to the Valiant and Charger of that vintage. The generation after (70-74) was an E body, same as the Challenger but with a 2 inch shorter wheelbase.
Patrick Schalk May 30, 2012
The new Challys are fine. You probably haven't driven one. They sell well.
Antonio Borja May 30, 2012
new school challengers are WACK. in my opinion. those new tail light got to go. and the challenger can't compare to a mustang or camaro. in my opinion remember
Greg Lewis May 30, 2012
Yeah, my chally is a 6, got such a great deal on it, couldn't justify the 8. Will be trading up soon though. It's a great car thats still one of the faster 6's out there. Camaro and mustang are great cars, so it doesn't bother me they are quicker.
Esam Mohammad May 30, 2012
@clint yah I like it .. If I could get the V8 I would . But u know gas prices , taxes , government issues ... Etc It's pretty complicated here , the country having a civil war and me importing a Challey :D
Clint Edwards May 30, 2012
Love me some Cuda. The V6 wouldn't be my choice but glad you're enjoying it Esam
Bruce-Almighty Tumblin May 30, 2012
@Esam everybody is entitled to their opinion, smh
Esam Mohammad May 30, 2012
And by the way guys .. The V6 is really better than you'd expect from a V6 . It has 305 HP . My dad has an Audi A6 2007 with a V6 engine .. And guess what ! The challenger is faster and more fun to drive , specially when everybody is starring at you
Ben Norton May 30, 2012
Sounds like you made a good choice Esam!
Jesper Jensen May 30, 2012
Love the cuda !!
Esam Mohammad May 30, 2012
@devin haha yah .. Its so special here and I really love the car . Btw I got the red ralley line trim :) It comes with 20 inch wheels , red leather seats and a redline going through the whole body of the car .
Devin Babyn May 30, 2012
Well that didn't take you long to fall in love with your car Esam
Esam Mohammad May 30, 2012
Yah barracuda and challenger are basically the same car .. Challenger is better than both mustangs and camaros IMO .
Bruce-Almighty Tumblin May 30, 2012
Yea Phillip is right the Plymouth Barracuda & Dodge Challenger is basically the same car
Alex Bouckley May 30, 2012
One of my favorite muscle cars of all tume
Phillip Holbrook May 30, 2012
This is essentially a Dodge Challenger, you know befor they called it a Dodge Challenger.
Justin Routh May 30, 2012
Barracuda nice choice carbuzz
Jackson Michael May 30, 2012
Are you should this is a pony car? I've always considered it well above the camaro and mustang.
Dimitry Mikhailovich Malikov May 31, 2012
I don't really like this one.
Hektor Yberg May 31, 2012
I would rather get the gto
Clint Edwards May 30, 2012
@Antonio yeah, kinda the point
Chris Penza May 30, 2012
The front grille looks like a 65 gto
Description: Thus began the processes of rethinking the Barracuda, one which would eventually lead it to become the legendary 'Cuda. The original Barracuda was not without its charm. Based heavily on the Vali...
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Description: There were two different slant-six options and one V8 offered, a 273 cu mill fitted with a two-barrel carburetor. This engine produced 180 horsepower, which was noticeably less than the 225hp produced...
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Tanton Stoneman May 30, 2012
180 horsepower? That's about as much as a Civic Si
Greg Lewis May 30, 2012
And people scoff at the new pony cars that are v6's! Lol
Ben Mossing May 30, 2012
What is CU? Is it a typo for CI or something else?
Greg Lewis Jun 01, 2012
Jerry, you understand car markets my brother! Sadly though...
Antonio Falsetti May 31, 2012
Wow it's gorgeous
Jerry Cole May 31, 2012
right in the middle of the peak of the HP wars, and it would hav to hav those same trim levels. so the SS 454 would hav to hav 700 hp at the least. a super muscle would be an understatement for wat that thing would do if it were to ever be revived...
Jerry Cole May 31, 2012
They cant possibly bring back the chevelle. cuz it would steal both from the camaro and corvette sales. the Chevelle was one of the most powerful muscle cars of the era. the SS 454 had abt 450 hp. so just think that it would just barge in,
Clint Edwards May 31, 2012
@Brian true, I was thinking more along the lines of the "less ameneties" part. I think it'd be awesome if they'd offer a bare-bones, affordable muscle. I mean the original didn't even have carpets, just give me a V8 and a 6 speed. All I need
Dimitry Mikhailovich Malikov May 31, 2012
One of my favorite muscle cars ever!
Christopher Helms May 31, 2012
@ Paul. Avenger, Charger, Journey, Durango, Challenger, and Dart. Even if they did "get rid of the grand caravan" That is still a SIX car lineup.
Dillon Dixon May 31, 2012
I love the idea of the new cuda, but I hope they don't do it. I believe there should never be a revived cuda, chevelle, nova, road runner, firebird, or trans am. Leave those legends in our memories. Don't ruin the name.
Greg Lewis May 30, 2012
Thats why no chevelle or Torino has appeared. Was very little cars to chose from in the 60-70's other than American. (performance wise) companies could have several hp cars to offer. No GTR's or subies and such
Greg Lewis May 30, 2012
Roadrunner is a pipe dream for us car guys, the market is to big and competitive for a company to have a charger and runner... That's why there is no 2 door charger, it would only compete for challenger sales.
uptown May 30, 2012
Paul that is some uneducated dumb shit to say. Chrysler only has a 3 car line up. and they aren't going to axe America's best selling mini van. Why would they put all that time and money into the dart to cancel dodge? there are plenty more reasons why dodge is staying put. idiot.
Abraham Mendoza May 30, 2012
SRT RoadRunner? Yes please!
Clint Edwards May 30, 2012
Everything Greg just described sounds like a prime candidate for a new Road Runner to me
Greg Lewis May 30, 2012
If they redo the cuda, but shrink it and go for hp to weight, it would loose the cuda fan base. Would you want a tiny car, less amenities, and smaller (than a 426) engine, just soot would compete with the mustang? I wouldn't
Greg Lewis May 30, 2012
Dodge didn't screw up the challenger, they hit the nail on the head for what they wanted. A awesome looking powerful, comfortable car. It is. They never said they were looking to own the road performance wise.
Matty Michaels May 30, 2012
@Pual and the Dart
Clint Edwards May 30, 2012
@Chris yeah, needs some Plum Crazy or Hemi Orange. I've seen one like this in gunmetal with a matte black hood and a red stripe on the back, nearly made a mess of my trousers
quadrophine May 30, 2012
this was one of my favorites in test drive 5. this and the viper on the San Fran level, I'd jump the shit outta those hills.
Chris Penza May 30, 2012
This is one of my favorite muscle cars ever, but the color is horrible
Paul Dickey May 30, 2012
That's just my two cents.
Paul Dickey May 30, 2012
And Chrysler keeps thinkin of axing the minivan. So that leaves dodge with the Durango and journey and charger. So a mainstream manufacturer with a three car line up? I don't think so.
Paul Dickey May 30, 2012
And Chrysler keeps thinking of ax
Paul Dickey May 30, 2012
I'm saying Chrysler will shut them down. They took away their trucks. The dodge viper Is now the srt viper. The challenger is coming back as a Chrysler or srt cuda. See where I'm goin?
Justin Routh May 30, 2012
@Paul you must be living under a rock then. Dodge/chrystler are doing awesome right now. All of the big 3 are
Paul Dickey May 30, 2012
I see dodge being put out of business soon. Next couple years.
Brendan Bell May 30, 2012
I used to have this one in test drive 4!!!! Anyone else?
Das Stig May 30, 2012
they probably realized that they screwed up the challenger and are looking for a way to be able to compete with the mustang and camaro
Brandon Lidy May 30, 2012
It'll be a revised challenger with the cuda name. If they do it
Bruce-Almighty Tumblin May 30, 2012
Every time I see a Cuda I think of that tv show Nash Bridges lol
Dave Stewart May 30, 2012
There is nothing quite as good looking as classic pony cars.
Dustin Emerick May 30, 2012
I love them shaker hoods
quadrophine May 30, 2012
why'd they have to make it so sexy. and damn near impossible to own anymore.
Mark A. Young May 30, 2012
Mopar all the way.
Description: These included disc brakes, upgraded suspension and wheels, a tachometer and those all-important special badges for performance models. More importantly, the 273 engine got a thorough going-over. It g...
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Description: The new Barracuda, though still based on the Valiant, had a new look which is much more pony car-like than the original. In addition to the fastback body style, a notchback and convertible were also o...
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Ben-Jammin Winslow Jun 17, 2012
@sean you would have complained if that's all he said. I know you too well.
Craig Lafey May 30, 2012
Now that's what a real engine looks like. No boost needed here
Sean Wallace May 30, 2012
Thats a lot of words for when you could of said the hole in the hood
Jason Dannheim May 30, 2012
The intake that fits through the cutout on the hood is fitted directly to the carburetor and therefore the engine. When the engine is running, it vibrates and so does the intake in the hood cutout.
Sean Wallace May 30, 2012
What makes the hood shaky
Carlton Salmon May 30, 2012
Ooh, shaker hood...nice!
Description: It was also fitted with a more restrictive exhaust, limiting power to 300hp as a means to prevent the Barracuda from upstaging the performance of the bigger, more expensive cars. It was in 1968 when t...
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Greg Lewis May 30, 2012
Typical... 300hp due to restricted exhaust... Like any gear head left that stock exhaust on! Like the 69 vette and COPO camaro... Low balled the numbers, fully aware that owners would do minor swaps brining their cars to life
Jesse Gonzales May 30, 2012
I would like to get my hands on one of those factory drag Cudas!
Description: The 383 was given a proper exhaust, and power was bumped up to 330hp. A new top-end performance trim level was added, known as the 'Cuda, it was available with the 340 and 383 engines, as well as...
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Emil Kleijsen Jun 01, 2012
Because you can't f*ck a car, well you could, but people wouldn't be to understanding with that "/
Greg Lewis May 30, 2012
Chris, think of it like this. So are women, but we always end up with one. So why not one of these? :)
Chris Penza May 30, 2012
I love both the 'cuda and the challenger, but they're just way too expensive
Bobby Mccracken May 30, 2012
Wow! I didn't know the Challenger was completely different.
Alex Long Oct 24, 2012
The Plymouth Barracuda is my absolute favorite car I like the 1969 style.
Nick Steiger Jun 01, 2012
I love the HEMI Cuda, the 69 GTO, the Boss 302 and Boss 429, the But my favorite is the 69 Yenko Camaro.
Antonio Falsetti May 31, 2012
Now that's a real car right there
Greg Lewis May 30, 2012
But we all know Chevy small block could take the best bearings you could put out. And the legendary boss 302 is more famous than the 429. The stroke (insert joke here) on small blocks were just better for longevity. And NASCAR engines were one racers
uptown May 30, 2012
Plymouth is six barrel...
Clint Edwards May 30, 2012
On the street, more often than not the Six Paks could run just as quick, if not actually faster than the Hemis. Those old 426s were notoriously fussy
Phillip Greene May 30, 2012
Dude really? 440+6 all day long bro thats the setup that the superbird band from nascar
Craig Lafey May 30, 2012
I'm surprised no ACR Cudas were posted.
Greg Lewis May 30, 2012
440 wasnt the best for high revving reliability. 426 was the beast. Of not that 340 really could beef up and take a huge beating. That was the budget v6 version for 70.
Phillip Greene May 30, 2012
I and does that say 440 or hemi? I can tell, cuz there aint no match for a 440+6
Phillip Greene May 30, 2012
Yup thats the one right there...
Devin Babyn May 30, 2012
It's Dana White's cuda not Joe Rogan's. Well unless you're not talking about the one they made for him on muscle car. The one where they put UFC instead of cuda
Andrew Hossann May 30, 2012
You should check out Joe rogan's cuda, it's pretty badass
Clint Edwards May 30, 2012
@Brian agreed, the Cuda looks more "get the **** outta my way" and the chally just looks gorgeous. I'll take both
Tim Preisinger May 30, 2012
Ah... A 71 cuda. One of, if not my favorite car of all time
Tegra1 May 30, 2012
Sorry I like to challenger more,but I like the cuda even more then the mustang and even the GM f body ponies
Description: With the larger engine bay in the new model, Chrysler's 426 Hemi V8 was offered for the first time on street cars, as was the new shaker hood. The 1971 Hemi 'Cuda is generally considered to ...
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Greg Lewis May 30, 2012
All good cars are put to sleep when they become a shadow of their former self. They lay and wait for the company to do them right. An 83 challenger? Sad sad car....
Chris Penza May 30, 2012
Emissions regulations ruin all good cars. They killed the skyline r32, 33, and 34, and now we can barely have v8s in our sports cars
Description: Its ten-year production run saw the meteoric rise and sudden fall of the pony car. The drastic changes which the Barracuda underwent in its short life span can be seen as reflecting overall trends in ...
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Jackson Michael May 30, 2012
You got me there Phillip
uptown May 30, 2012
the darts look pretty decent when you drive by the plant.
Greg Lewis May 30, 2012
Forget that SRT! That's modern erea Chrysler... MOPAR 'Cuda!
Phillip Holbrook May 30, 2012
It looks about ten times better than any other small car Chrysler has ever put out
Jackson Michael May 30, 2012
"It has Italian styling" It really doesn't look all that great. It doesn't matter where it's styling came from.
Phillip Holbrook May 30, 2012
The new Dart would run circles around a stock original Dart. Plus it has Italian styling, and the SRT version will probably run circles around the SRT Neon.
Dave Stewart May 30, 2012
Just hope it don't end up like the dart became :/..r.i.p dart haha
Paul Lissona May 31, 2012
I like this one a lot too, the front looks good and I like the rear roof edge area.
Mikey Jimenez May 30, 2012
@Brain I put this on the 1970-1971 picture I don't know how the hell it ended up here smh! That comment was meant for the 3rd to last picture.
Brandon Lidy May 30, 2012
I'm pretty sure that wAs a hood offered. May be wrong
Carlton Salmon May 30, 2012
Looks really nice, but is the bonnet scoop a production item? To me it looks homemade.
Dave Stewart May 30, 2012
Thought that was the darts super stock hood?
Mikey Jimenez May 30, 2012
Best year of the 'cuda!
Carlton Salmon May 30, 2012
I haven't seen one with this type of frontal arrangement before. I prefer the wider grille look tbh.
Michael Evans May 30, 2012
The shame this is last and it was no good they should of want out with a bang nit a fizz
Craig Lafey May 30, 2012
I 100% agree with you Dillion
Dillon Dixon May 30, 2012
This one would be such a nice cruiser. Long trips with the top down in a perfect muscle car. Sounds like a fun trip.
red Jun 01, 2012
that's my favorite plane with my favorite car AWSOME!!!!
Dimitry Mikhailovich Malikov May 31, 2012
I love this car so much!
Greg Lewis May 30, 2012
Craig and Patrick are wise men!
Matthew Crighton May 30, 2012
This is my favorite muscle car and it probably always will be. Especialy in this color, the 'cuda was made to be painted green.
David Griego May 30, 2012
Didn't the British car Jensen Interceptor have a 440 mopar engine?
Patrick Schalk May 30, 2012
I'd take this over any Mustang ever built. You don't see Cudas everyday.
Craig Lafey May 30, 2012
@Antonio it may not be a Mustang but it's still an American muscle car and not a ricer. I'm all about GM but still respect Ford and Dodge and will admire any Ford or Dodge classic that's put in front of me.
Greg Lewis May 30, 2012
Big block is something you cannot describe, you have to experience it...
Antonio Borja May 30, 2012
it's not a mustang
Dillon Dixon May 30, 2012
This is nice for sure.
Devin Babyn May 30, 2012
I've had a model of this exact car since I was 6
Carlton Salmon May 30, 2012
This looks really nice.
Dave Stewart May 30, 2012
Yea Europeans and all dot really have "big blocks" come over and enjoy with us man
Ghaith AL-sharari May 30, 2012
The classic beast
Josh Banning May 30, 2012
The b-17 is so much better than the car
gammo66 May 30, 2012
being from the uk we really missed out on motors like this, f'in gorgeous
Kris C. Lopez May 30, 2012
I think I've fallen in love all over again <3 the best muscle car EVER at least in my heart
Tegra1 May 30, 2012
Cute,lets see if we can put a 383 into it since I know the hemi will not fit
P_R_N_D Jun 01, 2012
and statutory grape... my favorite.
Tucker Wilson May 30, 2012
Sublime, and can't forget hemi orange
Tucker Wilson May 30, 2012
Top banana, plum crazy purple....something like lime or whatever for green right?
Jeremy Siebert May 30, 2012
Top Banana, I think was the color name
Carlton Salmon May 30, 2012
Didn't Don Johnson's character, Nash Bridges, drive a yellow convertible one of these?
Tegra1 May 30, 2012
I love the mustard yellow paint job,how many do you think are out there with this color,unique
Dave Stewart May 30, 2012
I agree. Slewper
Tegra1 May 30, 2012
Look like a sleeper,nice
James Mcmahon Jun 06, 2012
He was talking about the mustangs 289's.......the drag cuda would beat those mustangs you just named and a lambo would beat a accord.....
Bruce-Almighty Tumblin May 30, 2012
Or a 1969 Mach 1 429 Cobra Jet
Bruce-Almighty Tumblin May 30, 2012
Dillon, the 440 is nice but I doubt its faster then a Boss 429 or Eleanor(a 1967 GT500) Dodges & Plymouth are too heavy
Dillon Dixon May 30, 2012
I'm a huge mustang guy but this will beat almost any mustang. With the 440, this things a beast.
Bruce-Almighty Tumblin May 30, 2012
Tegra stay off the drugs dude
Tegra1 May 30, 2012
I think this will beat a mustang,bad choice of wheels but it is a lovely car
Craig Lafey May 30, 2012
I think the challenger is perfect the way it is why make it smaller? Let's see what they have in store for us
Gmanlsa May 30, 2012
Yea they are going smaller. They believe the challenger is too wide and big so they are either gonna discontinue it or redesign while they bring back the cuda on a smaller platform
Abraham Mendoza May 30, 2012
A smaller platform? From what?
Patrick Schalk May 30, 2012
No I think it's gonna use a smaller platform than the Challys even.
Craig Lafey May 30, 2012
@jethroll. Motortrend did an article a few weeks ago stating that they are considering bringing the Cuda back and build it off the Challengers platform. Idk if it's official but let's hope
Jethroll Sarduy May 30, 2012
Can you imagine if mopar brings this back at a reasonable price, oh Lordy! I would definitely break my piggy bank for one of these!
Dave Stewart May 30, 2012
Mopar used cara for the price back then? I'll take 2 :)
Dave Stewart May 30, 2012
Mean lookin meats
Tom Mcleod May 30, 2012
This is beast! Mopar owns aggressive looking muscle cars.. Always have. And I'm a Camaro guy. Love it when you slap on thick beefy rear rubber as well!
Craig Lafey May 30, 2012
All these pics are beautiful. Works of art
Greg Lewis May 30, 2012
Rear section looks a lot like the late 60's torinos. This car didn't stand out like the mustang did. Thats a problem when selling a car, most car buyers of muscle wanted to be known, unique. And challys and 'cuda sure did that!
Josh ?hompson May 30, 2012
It's just the light hitting the area on top of the space ahead of the wheel. Because it darkens back near the rear end
Carlton Salmon May 30, 2012
Looks fine to me unless it's a trick of the light. But I agree with the statement immediately below.
Tom Mcleod May 30, 2012
I think you're seeing things.. Possibly the bulge that begins past the door has slightly affected the reflective brightness.. Cause ya think someone who put this kinda time and $ into a restoration would settle for off tone paint? Don't think so.
Tegra1 May 30, 2012
If you noticed the color is uneven,the front fenders and door is darker then the rear quarter,but still a nice car