There’s hardly a car type which is better eyebrow raiser than good, old-fashioned pony car, at least in the States. Latest reports suggest return of the 2016 Dodge Barracuda while we were already able to see the all-new 2016 Ford GT and comparison of these two muscle cars is something that we just need to deliver.
There have been some badges that were almost forgotten such as Plymouth Barracuda. Even though the ‘Cuda was last produced 40 years ago, Plymouth nameplate has been phased out more recently, in 2001. Still, Chrysler has other badges which could adopt revived pony car and 2016 Dodge Barracuda seems highly plausible the way things now stand. Also, after 10 years of hiatus, Ford plans to reintroduce another high-performance car to be offered alongside new Shelby Mustang. The 2016 Ford GT will possess plenty of flair, both at its surface and under the hood.
2016 Ford GT
New Barracuda’s powertrains aren’t disclosed yet, but Chrysler plans to fit it with wide range of engines. Expect all three choices: 4-cylinder, V6 and HEMI V8. Base engine should be 3.6L Pentastar V6, while options should include new 2.4L Turbocharged I-4 and at least one HEMI V8. Whether it will be 5.7L or 6.4L, remains to be seen. Another option, which we would really like to see is the 6.2 liter V8 supercharged unit. Transmissions will most likely be colorful as well with 2016 Dodge Barracuda offering 6 or 7-speed shifters with basic and dual-clutch configuration.
2016 Dodge Barracuda Vs 2016 Ford GT
GT supercar will be powered with twin-turbo 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine capable of developing more than 600 horsepower and around 500 lb-ft of torque. The 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox should be the only option to route all this power to the rear axle. There is no doubt that this is a great presentation of the possibilities that the 3.5 liter v6 EcoBoost can offer and there is no better vehicle than the 2016 Ford GT to show this off.
2016 Dodge Barracuda Back
Design is where the story gets even more interesting. As Barracuda was absent for four straight decades, you can forget all about its retro style. Instead, it is supposed to replace Dodge Challenger somewhere down the line and offer radical, contemporary design. This is highly unlikely and we are pretty sure that Challenger will be continued. Framework will be much more angular and ‘Cuda should be low and pointy car. It will have flared fenders and thin air intakes, especially in models fitted with more powerful engines. Rear end should be offered with SRT’s trademark tail-light design which can be seen in current Challengers. The 2016 Ford GT is going to be a textbook supercar with styling that, even it is quite retro, matches those of Italian icons. Low profile, huge air intakes and plenty of sharp angles can be expected from it. Now, these two cars are aimed at entirely different segments, but could possibly intertwine somewhere down the line. To clarify this; top tier 2016 Dodge Barracuda might be similarly priced to entry-level GT, but even then these cars won’t compete against one another.
2016 Ford GT Back
New ‘Cuda should be pitted against affordable muscle cars such as Mustang and Camaro and will be furbished accordingly. Its price tag could be set to a region between $25,000 and $50,000, but this still depends on company’s ultimate choice. Top of the line models could be even more expensive at $60,000 and more. On the other hand, Ford GT should face off against the likes of Corvette or even Porsche 911 which could raise its minimal price tag to $60,000 or $70,000.
Barracuda Vs Ford GT Comparison
The 2016 Dodge Barracuda would definitely be a welcome addition to the market, especially given its iconic status of olden days. Still, this modern version won’t have too much in common with old Plymouth and some sacrifices will most likely have to be paid. The 2016 Ford GT is also eagerly anticipated model, but it can hardly be compared to the pony car. Still, even though they are hard to compare, both models should offer some new life in performance car market and will give us something to talk about.