Introducing the Trident Iceni Grand Tourer

2013 Trident Iceni Grand Tourer

It’s official.  I really want this car.  And, that’s not something I often say about a turbo-diesel (Audi R8 V12 TDI excepted).  What is it, you ask?  It’s the 2013 Trident Iceni Grand Tourer fresh from the UK.  Never heard of them?  That’s not surprising as they’ve come and gone regularly from the auto world since 1966 with their most recent reboot being in 1999.  This car, however, is something special and could keep Trident Sportscars (aka Broadley Performance Vehicles PLC) around for good.


The Trident Iceni is a grand touring car built in Norfolk whose fantastic performance stats are equal to its friendliness to the environment.  And, since it burns fuel, it still sounds like a car you drive not an R/C car.

2013 Trident Iceni Grand Tourer

OK, let’s start with the performance numbers.  The Iceni has a top speed of (near as makes no difference) 200 miles per hour and runs from 0-60 in 3.7 seconds.  Powering the car is a 6.6 liter turbo-diesel mounted in front, where it’s supposed to be in a GT car.  The 430 horse powerplant creates an astonishing 950 lb-ft of torque at under 3250 rpm.  Um…wow.  If that’s not enough power and grunt, a 660 hp and 1050 lb-ft upgrade is available.  Oh yeah, did I mention the Iceni’s turbo-diesel engine runs happily on mineral diesel, bio diesel, palm oil and linseed oil?


Trident uses something called “Torque Multiplication” to optimize drive-line and transmission efficient.  This allows the Iceni to cruise at 70 mph at 980 rpm getting 68.9 miles per gallon.  So, the Trident Iceni can go a max of 2000 miles on one full tank of diesel.


Trident will be exhibiting and accepting orders for the £75,000 Iceni Grand Tourer at West London’s Syon Park for the Salon Privé 2012 from September 5th through the 7th.  If Aston Martin’s incredible line-up for the Salon Privé wasn’t enough to get you there, the Trident Iceni should offer plenty of additional motivation.


In short, the Trident Iceni Grand Tourer is a turbo-diesel that gets 660 horse, 1050 lb-ft of torque, hits 200 mph, runs to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and gets almost 70 mpg all while looking like a beautiful cross between a TVR, a Panoz and a Wiesmann.  Like I said, I really want this car. 

Author: Nick Glasnovich

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