Norfolk-based sports car manufacturer Trident has just removed the silk sheet from its diesel-powered Iceni sports car – a machine the marque claims can travel 2,000 miles on a single tank of fuel and can return an average of 68.9mpg.
But don't think this is some rattling slouch; in fact the 6.6-litre turbo diesel V8 engine develops an impressive 395bhp and a massive 1431Nm torque, which is capable of propelling the sleek two-seater to 60mph from a standstill in just 3.7 seconds.
The small-scale outfit also unveiled two new models to add to its burgeoning line-up – the Iceni Magna coupe (pictured above), a drop-top version and the shooting brake-style Iceni Venturer.
Phil Bevan, designer and founder of Trident said, "The Trident cars deliver incredible speed and performance combined with outstanding fuel efficiency, achieved through our unique torque multiplication technology."
It is this love of torque that has lead to the development of large, powerful diesel engines as the marque claims it as patented a unique way of utilising torque multiplication to improve performance and efficiency, which has been incorporated into all of its sports cars.
The Iceni boasts some impressive styling, too. With an abundant use of clean curves and a heavily-scultped rear, it certainly stands out from the current crop of sports cars. 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.
Prices start at £96,000, which may sound steep but should the cost of diesel rocket in the near future, customers can rest assured all Trident models can run on bio-diesel, chip fat, kerosene and even paraffin.