If you’ve never heard of Trident, a small British sports car manufacturer, don’t worry, this managed to catch us also by surprise. A pleasant one, though, as it has the goal to challenge established criteria.
Although recent developments have successfully wiped our 1980s idea of diesels – noisy, smelly, shaky and definitely slow, usually the sports car segment has remained the panache of high revving gasoline burners.
Well, the little Trident company is out now with big claims – it says its two models, soon to be launched, are both capable of reaching speeds of over 190 mph (305 km/h), which would entitle them to claim the world’s fastest diesel-powered sports cars title. Further on, the duo – called Iceni Magna and Iceni Venturer would also deliver outstanding mileage thanks to a new “torque multiplication technology” – 2000 miles (3200 km) range on a single tank.
“We have worked extremely hard to reach this point and the whole Trident team is thrilled to be bringing the world’s most fuel-efficient diesel sports cars to market,” says David Monaghan, co-founder of Trident Sports Cars.
Both models are powered by the same engine, a 6.6-liter V8 turbodiesel linked to a six speed automatic, which churns out a not so impressive 395 hp and 700 pound-feet (950 Nm) of torque. The torque multiplication technology allows the engine to work at only 980 RPMs during highway driving – hence the incredible 57.3 mpg (4.1 l/100 km) fuel economy.