Trident Iceni Grand Tourer - profile in-studio view

After looking at the new Trident Iceni Grand Tourer, it's obvious that Europe gets all the cool cars. Sexy styling? Check. Amazing performance? Yup. Torquey, fuel-efficient diesel engine? Unequivocally, yes! This built-to-order coupe apparently has it all for the performance enthusiast who wants it all, and the car will be on display at the Salon Privé 2012 next month in London.

Starting at £75,000 (roughly $119,000 USD), the Iceni Grand Tourer is a small two-seater sports car that looks more like a concept car than anything else, with a split open top almost like the original Batmobile, a dark, matte exterior and a contrasting bright-red interior. Overall, the handsome design reminds us a bit of the Pontiac Solstice.

Only in this car's case, it's like a Solstice with premium touches and a Duramax diesel under the hood... on steroids. A quick rundown of the car's spec sheet reads like a supercar, with performance numbers that include a 0-60 time of just 3.7 seconds and a top speed of almost 200 mph from a 6.6-liter turbocharged diesel engine that can run on almost anything, including bio diesel, mineral diesel, palm oil and linseed oil. In standard form, this engine produces 430 horsepower and 950 lb-ft of torque, but even more impressive is the fact that 700 of these lb-ft are available at just 980 rpm. At this low engine speed, the Trident Iceni geared to run at 70 mph. The company says that's good enough for almost 70 mpg and can give the coupe a driving range of more than 2,000 miles on one tank.

Those wanting even more get-up-and-go can choose the optional upgrade that brings 660 hp and 1050 lb-ft of torque to the table. There is no word as to how much this sporty roadster weighs, but this kind of power would make a school bus fun to drive.

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ALL-NEW GROUND BREAKING BRITISH SPORTS CAR –THE TRIDENT ICENI – CONFIRMED FOR SALON PRIVÉ

London, 22 August 2012 – Iconic British sports car maker, Trident, will display its all-new Iceni Grand Tourer at Salon Privé 2012, held at West London's Syon Park from the 5th to 7th September.

Beautiful, innovative and unique, the Iceni's outstanding performance and vital statistics are thanks to Trident's patented Torque Multiplication technology. With a top speed of nearly 200mph and a 0-60mph sprint in just 3.7 seconds, the Iceni is built to order in Norfolk and priced from £75,000.

A mid-front mounted 6.6-litre turbo-diesel is used to capitalize on the Torque Multiplication technology, capable of running on mineral diesel, bio diesel, palm oil and linseed oil, it delivers 430bhp and a staggering 950lbs ft of torque at under 3250rpm. An option to upgrade to 660bhp is also available, delivering 1050lbs ft of torque.

At a constant 70mph the specially tuned engine runs at just 980rpm, produces 700lbs ft of torque, is capable of 68.9mpg and will keep going for over 2000miles on one full tank of diesel.

Trident Sports Cars managing director, Phillip Bevan, says: "We are very pleased to be at Salon Privé which this year is a great celebration of all things British and home grown talent - something we feel very strongly about at Trident. It is also a place where sports cars and super cars of this calibre are sold, and we look forward to taking new orders for the Iceni at Syon Park this September."

FORMAT OF THE SHOW
Wednesday 5th September 2012 – Salon Privé Tour d'Elégance from The Royal
Automobile Club at Woodcote Park (Leaves at 10am)
Salon Privé Press Day and product debuts (11am to 5pm)

Thursday 6th September 2012 – Boodles Ladies' Day (11am to 5pm)
The Diamond Jubilee Ball in support of
Rainbow Trust Children's Charity (7pm to 1am)

Friday 7th September 2012 – Chubb Insurance Concours d'Elégance
Judging Day (11am to 7pm)

Tickets for Salon Privé can be purchased at www.salonprivelondon.com or by calling the Ticket Hotline on 0808 100 2205. Entry is fully inclusive of Pommery champagne, lobster luncheon, English afternoon tea and full access to all areas.

About Salon Privé
Now in its seventh year, Salon Privé is firmly established as the UK's most prestigious Supercar Show & Concours d'Elégance. Several new British debuts, as well as the Chubb Insurance Concours d'Elégance at Salon Privé place it among the leading automotive shows of the world, alongside the U.S.'s Pebble Beach and Italy's Villa d'Este.