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Chrysler's new Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger and Chrysler 300 will finally begin production this Friday.

It's been a long time in the making, but Chrysler's 2011 Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger and Chrysler 300 models will finally enter production Friday at the automaker's Brampton Assembly Plant.

Formerly based on Chrysler's LX rear-wheel drive platform, the trio will be moving to an updated version of the architecture known as LY for the 2011 model year. In addition to the updated platform, the Charger, Challenger and 300 will also be receiving Chrysler's new Pentastar 3.6L V6.

Chrysler's 5.7L HEMI V8 will remain on offer for the mid-level performance versions of the cars, but enthusiasts will likely be holding out for the automaker's new 6.4L V8. Replacing the current 6.1L engine, the new mill will find its way under the hood of the LY's SRT8 performance variants, delivering 475 horsepower.

Following Friday's production start, the new cars should begin arriving on dealer lots within the next few weeks.