Kia unleashes new 2014 "Red Zone" Soul limited-edition model

Kia likes special-edition models...heck most folks do and this is the first special edition based on the new, updated 2014 Soul. The Soul Red Zone Edition is inspired by Kia's Track'ster concept and is based on the Soul Plus model. The Red Zone Soul features white paint with red accents on the grille and the special body kit and custom 18-inch alloy wheels. The interior has black fabric seats with red stitching, a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, black mats with red piping, and shift knob ring, air vent ring, dash speakers and console tray trim that have been dipped in red paint to continue the theme. Pricing has not been announced, but only 2,000 Red-Zone Souls will be available in the first quarter of 2014. Check with your dealer regarding availability. More info after the jump...

Source: Kia - Press release and pics after the jump.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Premier Edition Convertible arrives for the Holidays (sort of)

When you have a new generation of an iconic sports car, it is not uncommon for an automaker to celebrate the event with a special, limited-edition version of the new baby. Chevrolet is no exception with this Premiere Edition of the 2014 Corvette Convertible. All 550 of the Corvette Premiere Edition Convertibles (PEC) will be painted in Lime Rock Green with a Brownstone suede interior and matching convertible top. The Corvette PEC is based on the top-of-the-line 3LT model and includes the suede-wrapped interior, carbon fiber accents, variable tuned performance exhaust system, Z51 Performance Package, and Magnetic Selective Ride Control. The Stingray logo adorns the sill plates, wheels, and fender vents. The Corvette PEC also includes a set of Corvette-branded luggage from Thule. These cars will also include a unique VIN sequence and unique dash plaques for each car commemorating their limited-edition status. The 2014 Corvette Premiere Edition Convertible will cost $77,450, which includes destination and delivery fees but not taxes, license, fees, and options. The cars will be at dealers in early 2014. Chances are they may all be spoken for, but you can check with your local Chevy dealer (that can sell Corvettes). Maybe they will sell it to you at sticker...

Source: Chevrolet - Press release after the "read more" jump.

Porsche offers Platinum Edition Cayenne models

Now that the Porsche Cayenne's "little" sibling, the Macan, is nibbling at the Cayenne's heels in both size and price, you know that a new (probably larger) Cayenne is right around the corner. So, a special-edition model is in order. The Cayenne's recent update should hold the "big" Porsche ute until the next model change but the Platinum Edition specials could be seen as a gift to "base" Cayenne buyers. The Platinum Edition Cayenne can be had with either the base 3.6-liter V6 engine (300 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque) for $63,300 (plus taxes, license, fees, options, and $995 destination) or with the 3.0-liter turbo-diesel (240 hp and 406 lb-ft. of torque) for $66,900 (+). While this may not sound like a deal, the Platinum Edition models combine most of the popular options into one model at a price that is lower than if you were to spec the car that way yourself. Plus it can be ordered in the unique Carrara White Metallic paint finish. Other paint considerations are non-metallic Black or White and optional Meteor Grey Metallic, Basalt Black Metallic, or Mahogany Metallic all with special exterior detail accents in Platinum Silver Metallic. Yes there are still options. Like a full-leather interior over the partial leather Platinum Edition base fitment. The Black Luxor Beige two-tone interior is quite attractive (click on pic for a closer look) and is exclusive to the Platinum Series cars (trucks?). Other standard equipment includes the eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission, Power Steering Plus, Park Assist front and rear, the Convenience Package and Bose® Audio Package. The standard Convenience Package includes the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system with high-resolution seven-inch touchscreen navigation, BiXenon™ headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), Driver Memory Package seats, a moonroof, heated front seats, and more. The Bose® Surround Sound System includes 14 loudspeakers with 585 watts, Sirius XM® radio, and a 6-disc changer. Yes, a lot of bang for your buck. The only problems I see are the standard alloy wheels that seem a little small. This looks like an opportunity if you are in the market for an entry-level Cayenne (both still hit 60 mph in just over 7 seconds). More info after the jump. Check with your local Porsche provider for dates of availability.

Source: Porsche - Press release after the "read more" jump.

All-new 2015 Ford Mustang gallops into the limelight - w/videos - Update

Well it's here...the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang and it certainly doesn't look its age. This coming April, the Mustang turns 50, and the new 'Stang looks great. Ford revealed the new Mustang ahead of the 50th Anniversary celebration expected this April with production scheduled to begin in the fall of 2014. The new Mustang abandons the retro look of yore with a more modern look that still intimates at iterations past like the front gill-like slots, now driving lights, of the original Mustang, to the three-bar taillights with sequential feature. The GT model shown previews the cleaner yet more aggressive visage of the new Mustang with a wider body and lower trunk line. The roof is lower too adding to the clean, sleek, aero look. The tail is an especially nice update and makes the Mustang appear more lithe and less tail-heavy. (Check out the four videos of the Mustang after the jump.) While early info is light, the '15 Mustang receives numerous updates. An independent-suspension system is standard in the rear with an upgraded MacPherson-strut set-up up front. Brakes are improved with the top offering being a Brembo package. Three engines will be available at introduction (not counting future performance models) the base 3.0-liter V6 (300 hp and 270 lb.-ft. of torque), a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost four (305 hp and 300 lb.-ft. of torque), and the 5.0-liter V8 (420 hp and 390 lb.-ft. of torque), although power ratings may change before production. In the beginning, a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic will help get the power to the rear wheels. No EPA numbers have been released. One bit of unconfirmed info is that the '15 Mustang will be some 200 pounds lighter which will further improve performance, fuel efficiency, and handling. MyFord Touch will be available for the first time on any Mustang and the interior is much improved with a sharper design and higher-quality materials. Expect all the technology and safety bits and pieces to make it under the saddle of Ford's new pony car. You can get a good idea of what the 2015 Mustang has to offer from the info in the press release and videos after the jump. Click on the pics for a closer look. I really like this new pony and I want one. I mean I did learn to drive in a '66 Mustang convertible. More to come..

Update: Ford has released a new press release with more specific drivetrain info which has been added after the jump. This begs the question(s), "Is the new EcoBoost Mustang a rally racer that should fit in your garage," or "is the base 'Stang a balanced performance economy option for you," or is the V8 thumper your speed ideal?" Good questions all.

Source: Ford - Press releases (3), pics (3) and video after the "read more" jump.