New £96k V8 Trident aims to be fastest and most economical sports car of its kind, with claimed power and torque figures of 651bhp and 1057lb ft

The Trident Iceni diesel sports car is claimed to be the fastest and most fuel-efficient car of its kind in the world.

The Iceni, launched alongside two other new Trident models, the Magna fastback and the Venturer estate, will go on sale in limited numbers with prices starting at £96,000.

All models are powered solely by a 6.6-litre V8 turbodiesel engine, which in standard form produces 424bhp and 950lb ft of torque. Upgrades are available, taking the car to 651bhp and 1057lb ft. Trident claims a top speed of over 190mph, but won’t be drawn on an actual figure yet. 

The engine is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission, while other features include performance brake discs and calipers at the front and rear, with uprated shock absorbers and springs.

Inside, the Iceni features leather trim, sports seats and an integrated touchscreen with satellite navigation and a DAB radio, alongside numerous options as part of four upgrade packs.

Trident boasts a range of around 2000 miles for the Iceni running from a single tank of bio-diesel, as well as a combined return of around 68.9mpg. 

Key to that range and to the Iceni's performance is its torque multiplication technology. Company founder Phil Bevan says his formula of low revs and increased torque should lead to improving fuel efficiency over normal performance cars: “These high-revving cars have become trendy but we all know that horsepower takes over from torque as it’s a crankshaft speed-related formula, and ours is based all on torque.

"We change gear at 3000rpm, so we have masses and masses of torque. Our standard car has 950lb ft at 3000rpm along with 424bhp. The most interesting thing is at 70mph we’re doing just 980rpm.”

If the design of the Iceni looks familiar, it’s because the car was shown was last seen at the Salon Prive show in 2012, although Bevan says that car was an early prototype: “We’ve been doing prototypes for nearly eight years. It’s perfecting our innovation of torque multiplication. And it’s been a tortuous route having to make our own gearbox and differential and make our own engine ECU to capitalise on the torque we are producing.

“In 2012 we wanted to see if people still liked the shape of the car, otherwise we’d have to change the shape before we put it to market.”

Bevan thinks that his potential customers will be no strangers to the high-end sports car market, saying: “Anybody that’s had a Jaguar XK is really in our price range.” Aside from poaching Jaguar customers, Bevan is also targeting Aston Martin DB9 owners.

The Trident name has been around since 1966, becoming part of a growing number of British sports car manufacturers making cars into the 1970s. The firm was bought by Bevan along with his business partner in 2005.

Trident says it already has a waiting list for the car, with customers quickly able to spec-up their models beyond the £96,000 starting price all the way up to around £126,000.

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29 April 2014

So is this the GM Duramax diesel from a pickup then?

29 April 2014

The one positive I see here is the use of a diesel engine in a sports car, and attached to an auto 'box. Economy and easy of use on congested UK roads makes a great deal of sense. However, what a huge lump a 6.6 litre V8 will be between the front wheels. March1 says a bit heavy, and that has to be a polite understatement!
But really, this is surely just another reason young people are losing interest in things automotive. It's yet another high priced dream that all but the very few will ever hear of let alone see. To the vast majority, this car is just an irrelevance that is far too expensive. And lets be realistic, where on earth can +/- 1000 lb ft of torque be used? Certainly not here, the way British roads are these days, if ever.
Isn't it about time we had the option of something along the lines of an Midget/MGB/Spitfire. Fun, economical and at a cost that may result in them actually been seen on the road.


29 April 2014

The new TVR? in the UK with awful fuel prices this is the British Viper!
I like the look of it,would like to see a comparison test vs the F Type.


29 April 2014

Saw one of these and a race spec version at the NEC a couple of years ago, its simply massive.


29 April 2014

Since spotting this a few years ago online, I've looked forward to seeing if it would make it to production. If this car had been presented 20 years ago, I imagine that it would have been seen as nothing more than a joke, now however, as diesel engines make their way into an ever increasing number and ranges of cars, it will be interesting to see if this finds it's niche in the market. One can only hope................

29 April 2014

6.6 litres - 651bhp , 1057lb ft at what revs?

29 April 2014
405line wrote:

6.6 litres - 651bhp , 1057lb ft at what revs?

If max power and max torque are developed at the same RPM then max torque is produced at: 651*5252/1057 = 3235 RPM.

29 April 2014
Autocar wrote:

which in standard form produces 424bhp and 950lb ft of torque

Trident says the standard engine is 395bhp and 700lb ft. To get to the above figures you have to spend over £11k.

29 April 2014

but the figures seem bonkers. According to the article: "Trident boasts a range of around 2000 miles" while claiming "a combined return of around 68.9mpg". That would give this car a rather yacht-like 35 gallon fuel tank! (nearly three times the size of normal cars)

29 April 2014

68mpg and 2000 mile range? That's a 132 litre fuel tank! What the hell? Presumably all that fuel at the back is to balance the gargantuan 6.6 litre steel lump at the front. This thing is going to handle like a barge.

jtwarwick wrote:

Isn't it about time we had the option of something along the lines of an Midget/MGB/Spitfire. Fun, economical and at a cost that may result in them actually been seen on the road.

Like a GT86 you mean?


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