UK sports carmaker Trident has released its new flagship model, which it says is the “fastest and most fuel-efficient diesel sports car” in the world.
Called the Iceni, the new sports car is said to have a 0-100km/h time of 3.7 seconds and a top speed in excess of 300km/h, while offering a staggering 3200km range from a single tank of diesel. More, it can even run on 100 percent bio-diesel.
Such a range in Australia could see the Iceni travel from Sydney, New South Wales, to Norseman at the western end of the Eyre Highway in Western Australia - on one tank of diesel.
Trident says the combination of performance and economy comes from “torque multiplication technology”, with helps the Iceni’s 6.6 litre turbocharged diesel V8 produce 295kW and 949Nm.
If that’s not enough, opting for the ‘Performance Upgrade Pack’ lifts power and torque to 316kW and 1288Nm, while the ‘Track Performance Pack’ is good for 486kW and a chassis-twisting 1433Nm of torque.
That’s an insane amount of power and torque in a car Trident says is capable of returning 4.1 l/100km - or 68.9 MPG in the old scale – but that means the fuel tank must have at least 130 litres of capacity for the 3200km range to be achievable.
A six-speed automatic transmission gets the difficult job of transmitting all of that torque to the rear wheels, while a performance shock, spring and brake package, with 400mm front discs and 380mm at the rear, is responsible for keeping it all under control.
The Iceni is now available in three body-styles, with the recent addition of the Magna (fastback) and Venturer (wagon) models, joining the coupe.
Trident says each car can swallow at least two suitcases and two overnight bags in storage, while the interior also boasts leather trim, sports seats, a touchscreen and a DAB radio.
“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,” Trident co-founder, Daniel Monaghan, said.
Pricing for each of the three Iceni models starts at £96,000 (AU$174,752), rounding-out at around £126,000 (AU$229,362) with all the fruit.
Potential buyers will need to act fast, as Trident says supplies will be limited and a pre-launch waiting list already shows high demand.