Imagine for a moment a sports car that goes 0-60 in 3.7 seconds and can hit 190 mph. Sounds contemporary, no? With 395 horsepower, it doesn’t put out an ungodly amount of horsepower compared to contemporaries, but real-world performance is more important than what’s on paper, right? So what if we told you that this is a diesel supercar?
Trident debuted a prototype two years ago after six years of development, and now they’re ready to launch the Iceni for production, and will offer it in the United States. Framed as “the world’s fastest & most fuel efficient diesel sports car,” the Iceni has the ability to go “2,000 miles on a single tank of mineral or bio-diesel.”
Powering the Iceni is a 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8 with 700 pound-feet of torque (take that, contemporaries!) and a six-speed automatic transmission.
“The Trident cars deliver incredible speed & performance combined with outstanding fuel efficiency, achieved through our unique torque multiplication technology,” says the founder and designer of Trident, Phil Bevan. This is a special patent where the Trident utilizes torque multiplication “to improve performance and efficiency” by up to 20 percent.
There will be three Iceni models: roadster, Magna fastback, and Venturer “estate” (much like a shooting brake). Prices start around $160,000 (although U.S. pricing has yet to be announced) with options to increase horsepower up to 660 and torque 1050 pound-feet. In correspondence with Autoblog, Trident confirmed that all three versions are offered for export in left-hand drive and will be available in North America, with federal approval process commencing this summer.