The Toyota Hilux Invincible 50 was launched last year to celebrate 50 years of the world’s best-selling mid-size pickup truck. Almost 18 million Hilux’s have been sold since 1968, and the anniversary model is packed full of juicy goodies. We put it to the test at Toyota’s inaugural ‘Parellel Pomeroy’ event at Silverstone.
What the Hilux has achieved since its launch is nothing short of legendary. During its first half century, the Hilux has reached both the North and South Poles, scaled the slopes of an erupting volcano and surviving fire, sea water and a collapsing building in Top Gear’s pursuit to destroy it.
Invincible 50 upgrades
Toyota has teamed with long-time partner Arctic Trucks of Iceland to develop the highly modified Invincible 50. On the outside, the Invincible 50 receives a set of satin black 16 x 7.5 ET05 alloy wheels and fitted with 265/75R16 BF Goodrich KO2 all-terrain tyres for extra grip.
There is an improved suspension system, developed by Arctic Trucks and Bilstein, which raises the chassis and provided greater suspension travel. In total, the Invicble 50 is 40mm higher at the front and 20mm higher at the rear, providing better ground clearance, and approach and departure angles.
Additional styling features include wider front and rear wing treatments that amplify the vehicle’s raised stance and rugged appeal, plus a double-hoop sports bar is fitted over the vehicle bed, providing a raised platform for a battery of four high-power Vision X lights.
Other details include rear Arctic Trucks mudflaps, rear parking sensors, a tough Line-X bed liner and classic Toyota tailgate graphic. A numbered Invincible 50 plaque is featured in the cabin as well as 50 chrome badging featured on the wings, wheels, doors, tailgate, sports bar, lighting and interior.
How it performed…
It’s fair to say that the Silverstone racetrack isn’t the natural environment for the Invincible 50. With just 150 horses under the bonnet, even standard versions of the Hilux are quite sluggish (0-62mph in 12.8 seconds) but the Invincible 50 is even more so due to the 100kg of extra weight, while the increased suspension travel means there’s plenty of body roll generated in the bends.
However, it certainly looks the part! On the outside, the extra accessories, bulging wheelarches and raised profile really creates an impression and there’s a distinctive soft-touch fabric upholstery on the inside. In April, we’ll be giving the Invincible 50 a true assessment though when we put it to the test on the green lanes of the Lake District.
Toyota Hilux Invincible 50 price and availability
The Invincible 50 will be priced at £39,995 plus VAT (hat tip DR). Only 50 models have been earmarked for the UK, and they are backed by Toyota’s 5-year, 100,000 mile warranty. Orders can be placed from the 1st of November 2018 and the first deliveries will arrive in December.