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1966 Plymouth Barracuda Sport Coupe

Body style: Coupé (two-door)
Segment: Coupe
Production years: 1966, 1967

Just two years after the nameplate's introduction, Barracuda went through a facelift that brought it several exterior and interior improvements and some changes for its technical part.

While it couldn't keep up with the Mustang, the Barracuda had several advantages over its competitor, especially thanks to its engine, which provided more power than the powerplant installed in Ford's pony car. But where it gained on the drivetrain, it lost on the appearance and interior features. So, Plymouth addressed these issues with a facelift for the 1966 model year.

The Barracuda started its career with a very distinct front fascia that featured four lamps at the front, but these were arranged differently than on any other car. But customers didn't seem to like it too much, so Plymouth reconsidered that and reorganized that with just a pair of headlights and a modified center section of the grille. Fortunately, the fastback shape with that gigantic rear windscreen remained.

Inside, the most striking difference was on the dashboard, where the automaker installed two equally-sized dials for the speedometer and tachometer that were flanked by four gauges. The rest of the interior mainly remained the same, and Plymouth didn't want to sacrifice the large rear window. But that meant that the rear occupants suffered from heat during sunny days.

The car's underpinnings received a significant upgrade on the braking department, which was fitted with discs at the front and drums at the back instead of drums in all corners. In addition, Chrysler allowed Plymouth to install the three-speed automatic gearbox on the 'Cuda.

PLYMOUTH Barracuda Sport Coupe 1966-1967 3 Photos
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PLYMOUTH Barracuda Sport Coupe 1966, 1967
  3 gasoline engines
  • 2.8L 3AT RWD (102 HP)
  • 3.7L 3MT RWD (147 HP)
  • 4.5L V8 3AT RWD (182 HP)
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PLYMOUTH Barracuda Sport Coupe 2.8L 3AT RWD (102 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.8L 3AT RWD (102 HP)
Cylinders
L6
Displacement
2789 cm3
Power
75 KW @ 4400 RPM
102 HP @ 4400 RPM
101 BHP @ 4400 RPM
Torque
155 lb-ft @ 2400 RPM
210 Nm @ 2400 RPM
Fuel System
Carburettor naturally aspirated
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
18 gallons (68.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
93 mph (150 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
17.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drum
Rear
Drum
DIMENSIONS
Length
188.2 in (4780 mm)
Width
70.1 in (1781 mm)
Height
53.9 in (1369 mm)
Wheelbase
106 in (2692 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.4 in (137 mm)
Aerodynamics (frontal area)
2.02 m2
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.47
Turning circle (curb to curb)
37.1 ft (11.3 m)
Turning circle (wall to wall)
39.7 ft (12.1 m)

PLYMOUTH Barracuda Sport Coupe 3.7L 3MT RWD (147 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.7L 3MT RWD (147 HP)
Cylinders
L6
Displacement
3682 cm3
Power
108.1 KW @ 4000 RPM
147 HP @ 4000 RPM
145 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
215 lb-ft @ 2400 RPM
292 Nm @ 2400 RPM
Fuel System
Carburettor naturally aspirated
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
18 gallons (68.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
95 mph (153 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drum
Rear
Drum
DIMENSIONS
Length
188.2 in (4780 mm)
Width
70.1 in (1781 mm)
Height
53.9 in (1369 mm)
Wheelbase
106 in (2692 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.4 in (137 mm)
Aerodynamics (frontal area)
2.02 m2
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.47
Turning circle (curb to curb)
37.1 ft (11.3 m)
Turning circle (wall to wall)
39.7 ft (12.1 m)

PLYMOUTH Barracuda Sport Coupe 4.5L V8 3AT RWD (182 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  4.5L V8 3AT RWD (182 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
4478 cm3
Power
133.9 KW @ 4200 RPM
182 HP @ 4200 RPM
180 BHP @ 4200 RPM
Torque
260 lb-ft @ 1600 RPM
353 Nm @ 1600 RPM
Fuel System
Carburettor naturally aspirated
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
18 gallons (68.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
112 mph (180 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drum
Rear
Drum
DIMENSIONS
Length
188.2 in (4780 mm)
Width
70.1 in (1781 mm)
Height
53.9 in (1369 mm)
Wheelbase
106 in (2692 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.4 in (137 mm)
Aerodynamics (frontal area)
2.02 m2
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.47
Turning circle (curb to curb)
37.1 ft (11.3 m)
Turning circle (wall to wall)
39.7 ft (12.1 m)
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