British coachbuilder Trident wants you to have your cake and eat it too with the turbodiesel-powered Trident Iceni sports car. Claiming to be both the fastest and most efficient car of its kind, the Iceni launched alongside two variants, the Magna fastback and Venturer estate wagon, in a triple-pronged attack on the slow and inefficient.
The Trident Iceni has been in development since at least 2008, and the last round of renderings debuted in 2012, so there are still faint whiffs of vaporware in the air. Skepticism aside, let’s get down to the deets to remind ourselves why we get so excited.
Powering all three models is a 6.6 liter turbodiesel V8 that in standard form dolls out 424 horsepower and a home-topping 950 ft-lbs of torque, while being biodiesel compliant. Need moar powah? Trident will upgrade your engine to the tune of 651 horsepower and 1,057 ft-lbs of torque, which the coachbuilder claims will take the Iceni to a top speed of over 190 MPH.
The centerpiece of the Iceni, Magna, and Venturer is a high-tech six-speed automatic transmission with a secret “torque multiplication” technology designed to keep the revs down low without affecting output. In the Iceni, Trident claims a driving range of over 2,000 miles per tank of fuel thanks to fuel economy of 68.9 MPG. At 70 MPH, the Iceni rolls along at less than 1,000 RPM, and while the British way of measuring fuel economy is generally generous, these numbers would still translate to well over 50 MPG on U.S. roads.
Over 600 horsepower and 60 MPG? If it’s all true, Trident has created a car that truly is the best of both worlds, though there’s always going to be a drawback. In this case, its the $161,000 starting price, which can balloon to over $200,000 depending on options.