2014 Trident Iceni Magna

With so many cars promising the world these days, British sports car brand Trident is promising something completely different with the Iceni Magna, a fastback-styled sports coupe that not only runs on a diesel engine, but also features torque multiplication technology, allowing to reach a top speed of 190 mph with a capability to cover 2,000 miles on a single tank.

Such a promise will definitely raise some eyebrows, but Trident is welcoming the curiosity because it believes it has a technology that could go a long way in redefining how automakers work on future powertrains. According to Trident, properly utilizing a car’s torque numbers to "multiply" its effectiveness improves its car’s performance and efficiency by up 20 percent. It’s a technology that Trident has patented, so it certainly has enough faith in what it’s created to take the time to secure the intellectual rights to it.

So that’s what we’re going to see on the Trident Iceni Magna. It’s got an impressive look with splashes of retro inspiration and adding to that, a powertrain technology that promises loads of speed and efficiency the likes of which we haven’t seen before.

Trident has said that availability for the model is limited and demand is pretty high, surprising for a brand that’s not that well-known. Its demand is fairly obvious by its steep starting price of £96,000, which is about $161,500 based on current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read more about the Iceni Magna.

Exterior

Trident Iceni Magna
Trident Iceni Magna
Trident Iceni Magna

We’re not quite sure yet what to make of Trident’s torque multiplication technology until we see how the car performs on the road. But as far as the design of the Icenti Magna is concerned, we don’t have any problems with it.

The fastback design features a stout rear end that curves into a sleek and clean front section. The high belt line of the sports coupe gives it that muscular look, while the headlights are straight out of yesteryear’s car fashion. It’s an eclectic mix of old-school and modern design cues, and it works for us,

Trident also indicated that the Iceni Magna will come with over 39 bespoke, designed and manufactured components. One said component is the oculight roof, which remains a mystery to us, but it sounds cool nonetheless Those are things to look out for when you’re ready to spend over $160,000 for this car.

Drivetrain

The diesel power comes by way of a 6.6-liter turbo V-8 that puts down a healthy 395 horsepower and a stump-pulling 700 pound-feet of twist. Handling this power is a six-speed automatic transmission. With this combo in tow, the Iceni Magna hits 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and reaches 190 mph. Add to that a 2,000-mile range on a single fill-up and you have a winner.

For those who need a little more face pulling, the optional Performance Pack bumps power to 430 horsepower and 950 pound-feet of torque. If you are feeling really froggy — and ready to fork out an extra £30,875 ($52,000) youcan opt for the Track Pack, which pushed the model to an unreal 660 horsepower and 1,050 pound-feet.

Competitors

Maserati Gran Turismo

Maserati Granturismo Sport

It’s hard to make a comparison on a car that offers something completely different than the rest of the industry, not to mention has a price tag that’s not commensurate to its performance capabilities but more so because of the said new technology it offers.

That’s the conundrum in looking for a competitor for the Iceni Magna. But if you’re looking at ti simply from a power and speed stand point, a supercar like the Maserati Granturismo Sport is an ideal alternative. It’s not going to beat that mind-blowing 2,000 miles on a single tank of bio-diesel, but the GranTurismo does have the performance capabilities to keep pace with the base-level Iceni Magna. That’s taken care of by a 4.7-liter, V-8 powerplant that pumps out 454 horsepower and 383 pound-feet, pushing the coupe from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and toward a top speed of 185 mph.

Naturally, the Maserati is expected to come with a more luxurious interior and wide range of personalization options. All that and the Granturismo "only" has a price tag of $126,500 for the coupe and $143,300 for the convertible, cheaper than what you stand to pay for the Iceni Magna.

Press Release

Trident, the British sports car brand, today announced the global availability of its flagship Iceni sports car, the world’s fastest & most fuel efficient diesel sports car.

Trident Iceni Magna

With a top speed in excess of over 190mph and the ability to run for 2000 miles on a single tank of mineral or bio-diesel, the Iceni uses torque multiplication technology to achieve this unique combination of speed, power & fuel efficiency.

Two new models to the Iceni range are also unveiled today, the Iceni Magna (fastback) & Iceni Venturer (estate). All three models boast the same impressive spec, each with its own distinctive design. In addition, the cars can store a minimum of two suitcases, as well as two holdalls, making a 2000-mile road trip a reality.

Phil Bevan, designer & founder of Trident said, “The Trident cars deliver incredible speed & performance combined with outstanding fuel efficiency, achieved through our unique torque multiplication technology.”

It is widely believed that horsepower delivers power, speed & fuel efficiency, but it is in fact torque that matters. Using this technology in a road car increases fuel efficiency by up to 20%. Trident has patented a unique way of utilising torque multiplication to improve performance and efficiency, which has been incorporated into all their sports cars.

The British designed Trident sports cars boast a distinctive look, with clean curves and the unusual sculpted rear. The cars also incorporate over thirty-nine bespoke, designed & manufactured components, including independent control of each car seat and oculight roof. In addition, every Iceni can be built to specific customer spec, ensuring a truly unique driving experience.

Daniel Monaghan, co-founder of Trident said, “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 Iceni Magna

The three Iceni sports cars are available to buy globally with prices starting from £96,000. With limited availability and a pre-launch waiting list, the three models are already in high demand across the globe.


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