Some cars were made for joyrides. Hop in the seat of UK-based Trident’s new Iceni Magna, and you’ll know right away what that means. The designers of the sports-car-like workhorse, with its fastback-design frame, claim it can take you on a 2,000-mile jaunt - meaning you can drive from New York to Chicago, and back again, with enough miles to spare for a last-minute spin. So what’s the secret to its speed? The Iceni Magna has the soul-stirring curves of a British grand tourer, but its heart may surprise you: a modified version of the same Duramax diesel engine you find in GM’s heavy-duty pickups. With 700 ft-lb of torque, this car can get fast pretty quick. How fast? That 395-hp, 6.6-liter power plant can get to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds, with a thrifty 58 miles to the gallon. See, honey – it’s totally reasonable.
[$162,000 (est); tridentsportscars.com]