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 |  Jul 13 2010, 9:45 AM

Several spy photos captured (and later removed) by MoParts forum member coronet1966d clearly show the updated 2011 Dodge Challenger.

The differences to the car aren’t major with updates limited to a revised lower front fascia, new wheels and new door handles that are tipped to be part of an easy-access system that will allow owners to enter the car by just having the key job in their pocket. The interior is also slated for updates, but no photos of that are yet available.

The new 2011 Challenger will get more significant changes under the hood, although not for this R/T model. Bigger changes come for the base SE model, which gets a new Pentastar V6 displacing 3.6-liters and making 290-hp and 270 ft-lbs of torque – an increase of 40-hp and 20 ft-lbs. It’s also expected to deliver fuel economy of 20/26-mpg (city/highway) up from 18/25-mpg. Better still, the SRT8 model is expected to get a new 6.4-liter V8 with 480-hp and 460 ft-lbs of torque.

As for pricing, it’s also expected to go up with NADAGuides recently listing a base Challenger at $26,050, the R/T at $33,520 and the SRT8 at $45,601.

On a side note, this story may also serve as a warning to automaker employees who want to become internet famous for snapping a few spy photos of vehicles inside the company’s compound. MoParts forum member coronet1966d has now taken down the pics and could even face charges for his actions.

GALLERY: 2011 Dodge Challenger Spy Photos

[Source: MoParts via JonSibal]