Barracuda, Challenger or Charger? Dodge Has All the Muscle

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With rumors abounding about the production of the 2020 Dodge Barracuda potentially taking up the production lines of the discontinued Dodge Viper, fans of Dodge muscle have a new contender to consider alongside the Challenger and Charger. Known for their intimidating horsepower, aggressive look, and the sheer cool factor that comes from owning a car that’s called a “Hellcat,” the choice can give the savviest muscle car connoisseur some pause. Here’s our take on the benefits of this trio of powerhouses.

Tim Levels & Options

Between the two models we know the most about, the 2020 Dodge Challenger has more options to choose from when it comes to trim. With nine different trim levels, including widebody options—and two more that are available in rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, the GT and SXT—the options are extensive for anyone, whether you’re looking for an introduction to American muscle or something to send screaming down a track.

Pricing

The Charger doesn’t disappoint here, either, though. Six unique trims with the SXT also available in all-wheel drive, and the SRT Hellcat Widebody caps off the model while keeping the price tag a cool $72,000 to beat the Challenger’s $79,000 at the same trim level. The Barracuda is expected to be in the same range, starting around $28,000 with its brothers and ranging up to around $70-75,000.

Power

But that’s enough about the numbers game, let’s talk about power. The 2020 Challenger has been clocked at 797 horsepower—the level of the Hellcat Redeye—and still hits an impressive 305 at the level of the SXT. The Charger rips out 707 horsepower at the Hellcat level and 292 at the SXT, which is still quite the force for those of you looking for a few more creature comforts in a monster of a car. If you’re looking for something to burn the blacktop, though, the Barracuda is projected by fans to hit over 800 horsepower (with the right fuel) once it tears off the production line, with either a 6.2- or 6.4-liter engine and a 2.4-liter Supercharger.

Features

Maybe it’s features that you’re looking for though. In that case, the Charger is probably the answer. With more standard comfort features across the board at matching trims and price points with the Challenger, like ventilated front seats (both come heated), a full-length floor console, a 12-volt auxiliary power outlet, and a few other everyday comforts that make the Charger a joy to be in as well as to drive, the other models make the choice of power over pleasure. That being said, the full feature list for the 2020 Dodge Barracuda hasn’t been announced yet, so maybe there will be a new contender for the hot seat in a comfy muscle car.

Which Will You Choose?

In short, there are reasons to prefer any of the models over each other that make sense—they’re meant to be catered to your taste. If you’re looking for the power and that stamp of recognition, the 2020 Challenger is your choice. For a ride that’s more comfortable that you can ride around in on your day-to-day, the Charger might be a better pick. For those of you looking for the new big name in power and speed, look out for the 2020 Dodge Barracuda.

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