Diesel-powered V8 promises over 100 mpg.
After numerous attempted comebacks, British carmaker Trident has revealed an all-new sports car that’s capable of reaching supercar speeds while boasting efficiency of 100 mpg. Dubbed the Trident Iceni, the carmaker believes it has built the “world’s fastest diesel sports car.” Power comes from a 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8 rated at 395 hp and 700 lb-ft of torque paired with a six-speed automatic, enabling it to sprint from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed of over 190 mph.
The Iceni, launched alongside the Magna fastback and Venturer estate, will go on sale priced at £96,000. For that, you get a sports car that can return 108 mpg (when running at a constant 30 mph). In theory, it can cover up to 2,000 miles on a single tank of bio-diesel. Key to the long range and impressive performance is the company’s torque multiplication technology. Tall gearing utilizes the car’s huge reserves of torque, so that at 70 mph the Iceni is turning just 980 rpm. Standard equipment includes performance brakes, uprated suspension, sports seats, leather trim, and touchscreen with sat-nav.
Trident also offers four optional upgrade packs including the Track Pack that ups output to 660 hp and 1,050 lb-ft of torque, and comes with uprated brakes, differential and Eibach race-derived suspension. The Lux Pack adds diamond-cut alloys, two-tone Alcantara/leather upholstery, and a smoked roof. The Trident name has been around since 1966, and was bought by Peter Bevan in 2005. The new company has been working on the car for eight years, and displayed a prototype at the Salon Prive back in 2012. Trident already has a waiting list for the car, with customers able to spec their model up to £126,000.