Next week, Invicta will reveal its supercharged version of its British-built S1 luxury two-seater sportscar.

The new model will be unveiled on the Toyo Tyre stand (9340) in Hall 9 of the NEC at the Autosport International show on Thursday 13 January, 2005.

Called the Invicta S1-600 and closely based on the current production model, the new car is powered by a supercharged 5.0-litre Ford V8 engine which produces more than 600 bhp at 4,500 rpm. As well as the new engine, which produces almost double the power of the standard S1-320 model, the showcar features a six-speed manual gearbox, refined aerodynamics and specially-made Toyo T1-R tyres.

The showcar was manufactured in mid-2004 for the dual role of 200 mph record breaker – for Britain’s fastest blind driver, 42-year old Barclays bank manager Mike Newman and the ‘Vision 2020 the Right to Sight’ global charity – and to act as the development prototype for a range-topping 2005 Invicta production model for customers in search of ultra-high performance luxury. The Autosport International showcar is the same titanium silver S1-600 model that Mike Newman drove in the California desert last autumn.

The Invicta S1-320 comes with metallic paint, full leather interior, air-conditioning, RDS tuner/CD player, reverse-parking sensors, satellite navigation, anti-theft alarm and Tracker recovery system. Distinctive 19 inch, five-spoke alloy wheels shod exclusively with TOYO Proxes T1-S directional tyres – are also included in the standard specification.

Designed to echo and surpass the effortless performance of pre-WWII Invicta cars, the Invicta S1 is a genuine ‘Grand Tourer’. It boasts race-bred suspension, steering and brakes, a spacious luxurious cabin, cavernous boot and large capacity (100 litre) fuel tank for high speed, long distance cruising.