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.


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      G
      • 2 Years Ago
      68.9 mp(imperial)g sounds good to me! I assume there is no particulate filter so the US won't be getting it any time soon?
      Burabus
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a Hyundai Miata
      Bobby_Sards
      • 2 Years Ago
      definitely too good to come to North America
      Ian Lautze
      • 2 Years Ago
      Amazing numbers. It's a shame it looks like a penis.
      Richard
      • 2 Years Ago
      Makes the case for Diesel Corvette.....
      Aryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Loved this in Project Gotham Racing 2.
      domingorobusto
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lol, 3.7s 0-60. Yeah right. Being an auto enthusiast in the Midwest, I of course have had a few friends with ridiculously powerful diesel trucks. One of these trucks is a mildly worked over F250 with the 6.0 Powerstroke. It makes about 450 whp and just under 1000 wtq. When in 2WD mode, even with full slicks (he drag races it), it's almost impossible to hook up. In a 7500 lb truck with a drag oriented suspension. So I have a REALLY hard time believing that a lightweight (relatively) 2WD sports car on street tires is going to have a snowball's chance in hell of putting that much off-idle torque to the ground, especially because with a diesel you're rpm range is so much narrower and therefore finesse of the clutch becomes even more difficult. If it can, that will be one of the most impressive cars ever built, and I will happily eat my crow. But I am highly sceptical. All that being said, I can't fault the concept even a little bit. That thing is awesome regardless of how slow it'll be of every light, sitting in a billowing cloud of tire smoke as they attempt the futile task of harnessing that much torque.
        Krutsi
        • 2 Years Ago
        @domingorobusto
        Well obviously a 7500lbs truck is having hard time accelerating... Weight is not an advantage, you know. That said, I find 68mpg very hard to believe on a 6.6l diesel
      Ernie Mccracken
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fake nonsense.
      adrian
      • 2 Years Ago
      looks just like pontiac solstice to me...yawn
      David S.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was looking for video of the car, but could only find one?! http://skyontech.com/videos/cars.php?video=YOU-1dujg2kI2Co I can't imagine that with such a big, heavy engine it would be very nimble. Great way to loose your license in the straight-away's, sure but how long would it take to spool back up once you slowed for the first corner?
      _M7_
      • 2 Years Ago
      finally somthing NEW to look at :)
      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now usually, I'm up to defend that diesels are in fact clean, but a 6.6 HD pickup oil chugger with 1000lbft would not make the Prius (or even TDI Polo) folk happy. I imagine lots of black (particulate) and white (tire) smoke all the time, and I love it! 70mpg in any conceivable optimistic way is pretty amazing for this engine output, I mean even if it's going downhill at 56mph with a tailwind and idling in top gear.
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