Chrysler's pony car was launched two weeks before Ford's Mustang in 1965, and was as good a car to drive, had as many options, but to many eyes didn't quite have the looks. The base engine was the 145bhp (108kW) slant-six 225ci (3,687cc), while the base V8 was a 273ci (4,473cc). The only other choice was the 383ci (6,276cc) which, while nowhere near the Hemi in power, still pumped out a very strong 400lb ft (542Nm) torque. In the sub-3,000lb (1,361kg) Barracuda this gave performance aplenty. It started out on Chrysler's Valiant platform to keep costs down, which meant a torsion bar front and live rear axle on leaf springs. Optional were the Sure Grip limited-slip differential, racing stripes and bucket seats. The following year options got even better with the Formula S package, which added a I speed manual transmission, anti-roll bars, dual exhaust and wider tyres.
Plymouth Barracuda (1967) Specifications
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