For decades, the diesel engine has been associated with either massive trucks or eco-hatches and dated looks.

Trident Sports Cars decided to give the single-finger salute to those stigmas and gift us with this: the Iceni Magna, a fastback coupe with hints of Jaguar E-Type and TVR (not a bad start) with a diesel power unit…

Before you write this off as all show/no go, here are the stats.

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In top spec, it chucks out 660 bhp and a Bugatti-beating 1050 ft/lbs of torque.

When you finally appear from the cloud of tire smoke, it will hit 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and continue on to 190 mph. Making it the world’s fastest diesel.

At $160,000, not only is it at the less expensive end (relatively speaking) of the supercar scale, its 2,000-mile range means it’s cheaper at the pumps, too.

If this is what “going green” means, we might just be persuaded…

Bryan Campbell