It was back in 2006 when we first came across Trident and its plans to create a diesel-powered sports car. The prototype was up and running a couple of years later, and it debuted at the Salon Privé in London a few years after that. It's now been the better part of two years since its debut – and eight years since the project first surfaced – but Trident Sports Cars says it's finally ready to launch the vehicle it called Iceni.

Billed as "the world's fastest and most fuel efficient diesel sports car," the Trident Iceni is styled in the grandest of British tradition. But it's what's under that classical sheetmetal that makes it stand out. Where you'd expect to find a gasoline-burning engine, the Trident Iceni packs a 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8 good for an entirely respectable 395 horsepower and a time-bending 700 pound-feet of torque. Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission (there aren't a lot of gearboxes out there, after all, that could handle that much twist), the Iceni is said to be good for a 3.7-second 0-60 time and a top speed in excess of 190 miles per hour. All that with a range of 2,000 miles and the ability to run on mineral or bio-diesel.

Not enough? On top of the £96,000 ($160k) base price, you can opt for the £11,300 ($19k) Performance Pack that increases the output to 430 hp and – get this – an unfathomable 950 lb-ft of torque. Still not enough? The optional £30,875 ($52k) Track Pack ups the output even further to 660 hp and 1,050 lb-ft. That's more power than a Corvette Z06 and the better part of twice as much torque. Fortunately carbon-ceramic brakes are available to keep all that muscle in check (and come standard on the Track Pack).

There's a Premium Pack and Lux Pack available for those inclined as well, and buyers will have the choice of three bodystyles: the roadster, Magna fastback and upcoming Venturer shooting brake. 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 type-approval process commencing this summer, although US pricing has yet to be announced.
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FASTEST DIESEL SPORTS CAR
Two new models unveiled – the Iceni Magna & Iceni Venturer

London, 29th April 2014; Trident, the British sports car brand, today announced the global availability of its flagship Iceni sports car, the world's fastest & most fuel efficient diesel sports car.

With a top speed in excess of over 190mph and the ability to run for 2000 miles on a single tank of mineral or bio-diesel, the Iceni uses torque multiplication technology to achieve this unique combination of speed, power & fuel efficiency.

Two new models to the Iceni range are also unveiled today, the Iceni Magna (fastback) & Iceni Venturer (estate). All three models boast the same impressive spec, each with its own distinctive design. In addition, the cars can store a minimum of two suitcases, as well as two holdalls, making a 2000-mile road trip a reality.

Phil Bevan, designer & founder of Trident said, "The Trident cars deliver incredible speed & performance combined with outstanding fuel efficiency, achieved through our unique torque multiplication technology."

It is widely believed that horsepower delivers power, speed & fuel efficiency, but it is in fact torque that matters. Using this technology in a road car increases fuel efficiency by up to 20%. Trident has patented a unique way of utilising torque multiplication to improve performance and efficiency, which has been incorporated into all their sports cars.

The British designed Trident sports cars boast a distinctive look, with clean curves and the unusual sculpted rear. The cars also incorporate over thirty-nine bespoke, designed & manufactured components, including independent control of each car seat and oculight roof. In addition, every Iceni can be built to specific customer spec, ensuring a truly unique driving experience.

Daniel Monaghan, co-founder of Trident said, "We have worked extremely hard to reach this point & the whole Trident team is thrilled to be bringing the world's most fuel-efficient diesel sports cars to market."

The three Iceni sports cars are available to buy globally with prices starting from £96,000. With limited availability and a pre-launch waiting list, the three models are already in high demand across the globe.

If you're interested in buying a Trident sports car please contact Trident direct, sales@trident-vehicles.co.uk or 01760 723866

TRIDENT ICENI GT SPECIFICATION LIST AND UPGRADES

Standard Specification £96,000.00
Engine 6.6ltr Turbo Diesel V8
Gearbox 6 Speed fully automatic
Brakes Alcon 400mm steel ventilated discs at the front and 380mm steel vented discs at the rear, both with 6 pot Alcon calipers
Shock absorbers Pro Flex fixed damper fast road shocks with Eibach springs
Power/Performance 395bhp with 700lbs ft of Torque.0-60mph 3.7sec, over 190mph
Interior Tilt and Slide steering column, PAS, Air con, Electric windows, specially designed heated/electric seats trimmed in leather and Alcantara, CD/DAB Receiver with MP3 and Bluetooth.

Premium Pack £2,700.00
Heated front screen A zinc oxide coated film set into the windscreen allowing a rapid defogging and defrosting of the screen
Carbon interior The internal air vent and centre instrument surrounds in wet-lay UV resistant Carbon Fibre
Electric seating Upgrade from standard manual seating

Performance Pack £11,300.00
Engine tuning Increase the performance of the engine to 430bhp with 950lbs ft of torque
Long Range Differential Altered differential to give better acceleration
Gas discharge headlights Ultra bright, long life and high efficiency headlight conversion
Rear carbon diffuser Rear diffuser giving extra down force

Lux Pack £7,000.00
Heated Door Mirrors Heated element mirrors for rapid defogging and demisting
Diamond cut wheel spokes A gleaming finish to the 3 piece split rim wheels
Coloured / Tinted Roof lenses Smoked or tinted 4 piece roof panels
Roof Panel storage bags Soft lined leather storage bags to protect the roof panels
Roof Blinds Concertina roof blinds fitted into roof pods
Heated seats Twin carbon ceramic heated seat elements
Laser cut two tone Alcantara & Leather interior Addition of a laser cut Alcantara top panel
Fitted 4 pc Luggage set Leather 4 piece luggage set to match the trim specification
I.C.E upgrade Clarion NX702E 2-DIN DVD/CD/MP3 Multimedia station with built in Sat Nav and 7" HD resolution display

Track Pack £30,875.00
Engine Tuning Increased performance to 660bhp with 1050lbs ft of Torque
Uprated Differential Altered differential to give better acceleration
Uprated Inter cooler Performance inter cooler and pipework
Larger performance Turbo Hi Flow performance Turbo Charger and pipework
Race Spec Suspension Pro Flex 3 way fully adjustable race shock absorbers with Eibach Ultimate Race Springs
Performance Race Clutch Coelene and Kevlar clutch upgrade
Paddle Shift Gearbox Fully automatic gearbox with added steering wheel paddle shift
Brake upgrade Carbon Ceramic Brakes

Carbon Ceramic Brake Upgrade £15,500.00


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      Spec
      • 7 Months Ago
      That car looks like a penis.
      Bavarian818
      • 7 Months Ago
      Nice Ass!
      lendersmith
      • 7 Months Ago
      This diesel thing is all torque.
      itisinthedetails
      • 7 Months Ago
      How does it Sound?
      _M7_
      • 7 Months Ago
      If I had the money I only buy to take that crapy diesel engine out ...and mabye put some new 426hemi
      Paul Allen
      • 7 Months Ago
      Why don't they buy the "Hummer" name! That would be the perfect brand for every enthusiast's dream: a 5000 lb sports car with a GM truck engine! Just what we all want! And by cleverly using magic, unobtainium, and plain old marketing BS, it even (in your dreams!) gets better mileage than a small VW diesel. What a joke. No thanks.
      Spec
      • 7 Months Ago
      Diesel Sports car? LOL. Just go full steampunk and build a steam sports car. Have some nice goggles to wear.
        Cain Gray
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Spec
        I'm guessing you haven't heard of a company called "Audi". They've had Le Mans winning diesel powered cars for a while now.
      ajk724
      • 7 Months Ago
      Please stop using the term "shooting brake." One more time and I start looking for a new, mediocre blog to read.
      stonehunte
      • 7 Months Ago
      If they can work all the magic to make that motor work in that car, then they could source a stick shift. I'm sure its fun to drive, but without a manual transmission, it would just be awkward.
      Some Guy
      • 7 Months Ago
      Can you please remove this and other DIESEL related articles from green.autoblog.com I assume diesel an alternative fuel for most north american residents or perhaps seen as a low MPG measure, but it's in no way green. I'm only asking for this as I love green.autoblog.com and would like to continue recommending it to all I know.
      Mark Mitchell
      • 7 Months Ago
      This vehicle would need to have a 40 gallon tank and get 50 mpg to have a 2000 mile range. Seems doubtful on both counts.
        renokiwi72
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Mark Mitchell
        If you do a quick search there are articles out there showing this car doing a constant 30 mph in theory achieve 108 mpg that is how it "could" travel 2000 miles on a single tank of bio-diesel. With the gear ratios it has the engine is running at less than 1000 rpm traveling at 70 mph.
          Human
          • 7 Months Ago
          @renokiwi72
          By that reckoning, a diesel jetta could get insane range also. But nobody drives 2000 miles at 30mph. It isn't a reasonable measurement for them to claim. Thats why nobody else does that. You're very correct though, mathematically.
        Cool Disco Dan
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Mark Mitchell
        50 mpg in a diesel is easy with that much power because the engine is barely turning. And 40 gallons isn't to hard to do either. I'd bet it gets more like 60mpg on the highway and has a more manageable 32 gallon tank
      Jake
      • 7 Months Ago
      What's with the butt-crease roof?
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