After years of being considered smelly and slow, diesels are having a bit of a renaissance these days, winning the hearts of everyday motorists thanks to improved injection and emissions technology that allows them to deliver tremendous efficiency while achieving emissions on par with their gasoline-powered counterparts.
They are also quietly winning converts among enthusiast drivers who appreciate the immense torque that diesels typically offer on tap.
It’s certainly easy to see where the Iceni gets its power: under the hood sits a big 6.6-litre turbo diesel V8, developing a respectable 395 horsepower and an awesome 700 lb-ft of torque.
The engine is hooked up to a six-speed automatic transmission, and it’s here that Trident has focused it’s effort, claiming to have refined the basic torque multiplication technology commonly used in automatic transmissions to make the most efficient possible use of the engine’s twist, so that at highway speeds the car can tick along sipping fuel at just 980 rpm,
Rev the engine up to its full potential and the Iceni will slingshot from 0-100 km/h in under four seconds and hit a top speed of 305 km/h. With a big 182-litre fuel tank (actually three tanks connected together) a road trip of up to 3,200 kilometres is theoretically possible without refueling.
Trident is only just now taking orders for its diesel models – there’s an open top original model and a Iceni Magna coupe – so it’s a bit early to tell if the real-world performance will live up to the company’s claims.
All Iceni models start at £96K ($177,650 Canadian). The Iceni will be offered in both right-hand and left-hand drive, and Trident plans on putting the car through the U.S. federal approval process this summer in order to be able to offer it for sale in North America.
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