Previous rumors suggested that Dodge would completely do away with its Challenger muscle car in favor of a new Barracuda model, but a new report indicates that might not exactly be the case.
While a Barracuda appears to be in the cards, the new model will actually co-exist with the Challenger, according to Automotive News.
The Challenger will get a slight update in 2013 – including the addition of launch control – with a redesigned version of the car scheduled for the 2015 model year. The new Challenger will ride on an updated platform that should see about two or three inches lopped off of its wheelbase. The Challenger will presumably be offered in base and R/T versions, but the flagship model will be left to Chrysler's SRT division.
In lieu of a Challenger SRT8, Chrysler's SRT brand will build a high-performance version of the car under the Barracuda nameplate. The Barracuda will be aimed at vehicles like the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and Ford Shleby GT500, boasting a brand new 6.2L supercharged V8 engine.
Both the new Challenger and Barracuda are expected to arrive during the first half of 2014.