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Fresh off of the 2011 North American International Auto Show, the next major auto event is ready to kick off in a little over a week’s time at the Windy City in Chicago. From February 9th-20th, the Chicago Auto Show will be the center of the automotive universe - in the US, at least - and is expected to draw a sizable number of manufacturers from all over the world.

Here at Topspeed, we make sure that you’re on top of everything as it pertains to these type of shows and just like Detroit, we’re here to give you a low-down on what cars to expect at the Chicago Auto Show.

We’ve compiled a list of cars that are scheduled to make their production debuts in Chicago, and to give you a better idea of what models to expect, we have the full low-down on all attending brands and the respective models that they’re expected to unveil next week.

Details after the jump.

Black is undoubtedly the color most often worn to any elegant affair and Porsche is taking full advantage of that fact with another special edition model dressed to impress in a sleek black exterior. Mimicking the Carrera Black Edition revealed just a few days ago, the Boxster S model is taking its turn in the spotlight with the same package. However, unlike the Carrera, the Boxster S Black Edition will be limited to only 987 units with U.S. prices starting at $65,200. Sales will begin in March 2011.

The Black exterior carries the dark horse theme around to the model lettering at the rear, the roll-over bars, the rear side air intake grilles, and the twin tailpipe of the exhaust system. A set of black 19" Boxster Spyder wheels complete the aggressive exterior look.

The color also rolls in to the interior to mold itself onto the standard, three-spoke Sport Design steering wheel, the trim strips of the dashboard and of the gear shift lever or PDK selector, the dials on the instrument cluster, and the partial leather seats.

The color change won’t be the only thing distinguishing this model as Porsche is providing three optional packages to further customize this special edition: "Comfort", "Infotainment", and "Design".

Hit the jump to read more about the Porsche Boxster S Black Edition.

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The Porsche Cayman began its life several years ago and immediately threatened the position of the Carrera as Porsche’s top dog in performance. No one quite expected this while the car was in development, but once it hit the market the buzz was everywhere. The Cayman has undergone some major changes throughout it’s run and 2011 adds several previously unavailable features.

As an entry level model for Porsche , the base Cayman still has plenty to offer. It is considered a luxury-sports car and therefore brings strong performance and craftsmanship to the table. Nestled nicely in between a Boxster and a base 911, this entry level Cayman fills what would otherwise be a void in the portfolio. Most Cayman buyers enjoy the Boxster size and efficiency, but also want the torsional rigidity and tighter handling provided by hardtop 911 models. Starting at $51,900 for a manual transmission, this Porsche can give you the best of both worlds.

Hit the jump for more details on the 2011 Porsche Cayman.

Source: Porsche

As the first major international auto show of the 2011 calendar year, the North America International Auto Show sees no shortage of manufacturers all looking to break in the new year with a bang.

Some make a tremendous impression on all of us, whereas others just fade into obscurity as soon as the show ends. The challenge for these automakers is to make sure that they bring out products, whether its of production material or it’s a concept that will stand out from the rest.

All the happenings of the Detroit Auto Show took at the Cobb Center in Detroit a few weeks ago so we felt it was an opportune time to provide a heads-up of what vehicles served notice at the event.

This recap will cover all the cars that were officially unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show. Check out the list and let us know which of these new toys on the block you’d want to be taking home to with you.

Check out the list after the jump.

Porsche has released a pretty impressive video in which they explain the the evolution of the 2011 Carrera Cup GB race car for the new season, and its relationship to the 911 GT3 RS road car. Enjoy!

TheGT3 RS is powered by a 3.8 liter flat-six engine that delivers a total of 450 HP and 317 lb.-ft of torque, this means specific output of more than 118 bhp per litre from the six-cylinder, an extremely high figure for natural-aspiration technology. The can can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in seconds and can hit a top speed of 193 mph. Of course performance comes with a price: $133,750.

The Cup car carries the same engine setup, but weighs 170 kilos less than the RS road going car. It features a front spoiler lip that is 15 millimeters lower than the GT3 RS and a rear wing that is now 1.70 meters, up from the original 1.46 meters.

The 2011 24 Hours of Nurburgring is still months away, but even now, we’re already seeing teams introduce their stallions for the grueling endurance race.

One team that’s scheduled to participate in the event will be the FALKEN Motorsport Team, which will be fielding a custom, race-ready Porsche 911 GT3 R. . There’s no denying that the competition at the 24 Hours of Nurburging is going to be as tough as it’s ever been. FALKEN will need to be on its A-game with their development of the car leading up to the race this June 25-26, 2011.

Fortunately, they picked a pretty good car to go to battle with. The Porsche 911 GT3 R is powered by a 4.0-liter six-cylinder, naturally-aspirated boxer engine that produces 480 horsepower at 7,250 rpm. Whether that is enough to outlast the competition is anyone’s guess. But at least you know that the FALKEN Motorsport Team won’t go down without a fight.

UPDATE 07/25/2011: If there is anything that can top watching the Porsche 911 GT3 R as it speeds along in the 24H race at the Nurburgring, it’s watching the Porsche as it tackles the Nurburgring at night! Apparently, Wolf Henzler - the man behind the wheel - enjoys staring death in the face! In one word, this video is mesmerizing! Check it out after the jump!

Details on the FALKEN Porsche 911 GT3 R after the jump.

Porsche has big plans to double their sales in the next few years and Matthias Mueller, Porsche’s new CEO, isn’t stay mum about their strategies. In an interview with Automotive News, Mueller said, "We have a good opportunity to get new products to increase volume and revenue. We are analyzing our chances in different segments."

What exactly does that mean? Well, we already know of a small SUV called the Cajun that is scheduled to be released in 2013 and the production 918 Spyder should be seen about a year before that, but another entry level sports car is also in the works, and Mueller is already starting to spill the beans on this vehicle.

Mueller said that the new entry level car will be similar to the iconic550 Spyder of the 1950s (pictured above) and will be priced below the current Boxster . This new model will get a four-cylinder engine and will most likely be built on the same platform as the next generation Volkswagen Golf . The new engine might either be adapted from the current flat-six engine or a more cheaper option borrowed from Volkswagen.

In an effort to further expand their lineup, Porsche is also taking into consideration a targa version of the Cayman and other Panamera derivatives in addition to the four-door sedan. A new convertible and coupe have also been rumored, but that’s where Mueller drew the line in terms of details.

For a car that has many Porsche enthusiasts up in arms, the Porsche Panamera isn’t scaring away any tuners from modifying the luxury sports sedan inside and out. We’ve seen kits from Mansory , Vorsteiner , Edo Competition , and many more, but we have a feeling that none of these tuning kits will hold a candle to the amount of carbon fiber that is juts oozing out og TechArt’s new kit for the Panamera.

Dressed in head to toe carbon fiber, TechArt’s Porsche Panamera GrandGT is nothing short of CB heaven. We’re talking a new front apron with a front grill insert and splitter, a rear diffuser, the gurney flap of the dominant rear spoiler, and the air ducts at the flanks of the car all made up of this highly touted material. The use of carbon fiber has lead to an impressive dimensional stability, great strength, and a low intrinsic weight.

The same carbon fiber overhaul was also brought into the interior with the dashboard and the door panels, as well as the center console panels and the illuminated door entry guards all dressed to impress with the same carbon fiber.

Since it seems that carbon fiber was the only way to go for this tuning project, we didn’t really expect any engine modifications at this point. However, if we had our way, we’d bring back the engine mod done on the last TechArt Grand GT . That kit brought out 571 ponies and 830 Nm of torque, which would complete this carbon fiber package rather nicely.

Porsche is currently working its automotive fingers to the bone designing the future generation 911 , but it seems as if they mustered just enough strength and time to bring out a special edition model to pacify the crowd until we all get to see the new 911 on the market. This new special edition is based on both the coupe and cabrio versions of the 911 Carrera and will be limited to only 1,911 units. The U.S. will see prices ranging from $81,300 to $85,320 for the Coupe and $91,300 to $95,320 for the Cabriolet. Sales will begin in April 2011.

As its name suggests, the Carrera Black Edition comes painted in black, plain as standard or basalt black metallic as an option. This blackout continues for the convertible’s top and for the interiors of both versions. This special edition is based on a standard Carrera, with 345 HP under the bonnet and will be offered with the same technical special equipment options that are offered on the Carrera models.

Hit the jump to read more about the Porsche Carrera Black Edition.

Source: Porsche

Luxury tuner, Mansory , is taking another stab at Porsche’s odd little sedan with a new tuning package for the Porsche Panamera coming out of one of their most important dealers: PrestigeCars.ae. Right off the bat, anyone can see that the brightest addition to the special edition Panamera Mansory Bright Yellow Edition is that luminous yellow exterior paint job, but what we can’t see without hopping in and taking it for a drive is the impressive engine update provided for the sporty sedan.

The name says it all when talking about the exterior paint color, but another notable feature is the blue carbon fiber thrown into the mix. Yellow is then brought back with the new set of wheels painted in the sunny color. Thank goodness we are not tired of that color combo just yet as the tuner has also brought the same color design to the interior. Apparently this edition was created at the request of a client who wanted a special Panamera . All we have to say is that they definitely got what they asked for, and we expect what they paid plenty for as well.

Next to the Michigan-colored paint job, the Panamera also received larger turbo chargers and a stainless steel sports exhaust system that increase the engine’s power to a total of 690 HP and 800 NM. The result is a sprint from 0 to 62 mph in only four seconds and a top speed of 203 mph.


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