Week In Review: Remembrances and Reveals

By | December 07, 2013
The week may have started off somber, but thanks to leaks and debuts, morale seemed to improve. Monday was filled with stories of the tragedy that befell actor Paul Walker last weekend, and new details are continuing to emerge. On Tuesday, photos of the new 2015 Ford Mustang coupe leaked ahead of the official debut. Wednesday gave us a sneak peek at the new Corvette Z06 ahead of its debut at the Chicago Auto Show. Thursday showed us the official debut of the 2015 Mustang, along with the understated release of the Mustang convertible. Friday brought us the Kia Soul Red Zone, a compromise to those who want the Track'ster concept to enter production. We've brought the week's best stories in a format that's easy to digest. Read below to catch up on everything you missed out on this week. Monday, December 2
This past weekend was a hard time for the friends and family of Paul Walker. Reports flooded in as soon as the accidents occurred. The actor, who starred in the Fast and Furious movies, was killed in a car accident outside a charity event for his organization, Reach Out Worldwide. According to the Lost Angeles County Sheriff's Department claimed that Roger Rodas, Walker's friend and business partner, was driving the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT that crashed into a utility pole. Rodas was the owner of Always Evolving Performance Motors, which Paul Walker was said to have ties to as well. A service was held in Santa Clarita, California, in memory of the fallen actor. The investigation is still ongoing. #TeamPW wrote, "Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time."
Tuesday, December 3
The official debut of the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang was supposed to be December 5, but photos of the new sports car leaked ahead of schedule. Ford had attempted to keep the lid on the new model, but it seems as if the automaker played a part in the leaked images. A rival publication revealed photos of the new pony car days before the debut, along with information yet to be released. We were able to glimpse interior and exterior shots that debuted many of the changes, including a fully independent rear suspension, standard keyless entry and ignition, and selectable drive modes. The new Mustang will be offered with three engines and will shed roughly 200 pounds. With the "new" design of the 2015 Ford Mustang, we can only guess what the response will be from the car's major competitors.
Wednesday, December 4
Since the debut of the 2014 Chevrolet corvette Stingray, many have been waiting to hear news on the new C7 Corvette Z06. Finally, some news has been revealed before the official debut. Chevrolet has released a teaser photo before the official debut at the Detroit Auto Show, and while it only shows the fender, so much more has been uncovered. No concrete details have been announced, but we know it will have carbon fiber sills and rocker panel accents that add to the car's aerodynamic downforce. The debut of the Corvette Z06 is just the next step in revealing the rest of the Chevrolet lineup. More information will be released as we get closer to the debut in January, but expect the new Z06 to enter production late next year.
Thursday, December 5
While most of the media was following the debut of the 2015 Ford Mustang Coupe, the drop-top version was revealed under the radar. The first images appeared on the automaker's website following the official release of the coupe, while other images appeared on Ford U.K.'s Twitter feed. The 2015 Mustang Convertible will share the same engines as the coupe, all with an available six-speed automatic or manual transmission. The new models has been released in celebration of the pony car's 50th anniversary. What makes the 2015 Mustang so unique is the amount of input given by executives, designers, and engineers. No part of the new model was left untouched, with little carrying over from the previous model. But was it enough to come up with a dynamic design? You'll have to take a look at the photos and judge for yourself.
Friday, December 6
Those who love the Kia Soul no doubt enjoyed the 2012 Kia Track'ster concept that debuted at the Chicago Auto Show. Even now, the automaker continues to receive slack over not producing the turbocharged, all-wheel drive sports edition of the Soul. In response, Kia has come up with a compromise. The 2014 Kia Soul Red Zone will be a special edition of the new-generation model, based off the 2014 Kia Soul ! (Exclaim). It will be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that produces 164 horsepower. The new model will feature white paint, body kit with a redesigned grille, and red accents on all rocker panels. Sitting on 18-inch wheels, the Soul Red Zone will feature black cloth seats with red accent stitching, chrome pedals, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and other red interior details. Only 2,000 models will be produced, so you better jump on it.