Today, Ferrari came with quite a surprise at the National Art Center in Tokyo. The Italian car manufacturer revealed a new limited series of bespoke cars to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ferrari in Japan: the new Ferrari J50.
The car is created by the Special Projects department and Ferrari Styling Center team in Maranello and is clearly based on the Ferrari 488 Spider. It “marks a return to the targa body style evocative of several well-loved Ferrari road cars of the 1970s and 1980s”, as the automaker explains. This means that unlike the 488 Spider, which uses a folding metal roof, the J50 has a pair of carbon fiber targa panels that stow behind the rear seats. The car also has a black dividing line that stretches into the side air vents, reminding of the GTO, F40, and F50, and two twin taillights on each side that haven’t been used since the F430. This car simply just looks amazing.
Inside the car the interior has been intricately finished in a special shade of three-layer red with a red-over-black interior trimmed in fine leather.
The Ferrari J50 uses the same 3.9-liter V8 but with a power increase of 20 hp, resulting in 681 hp. No performance numbers have been released yet, but we can expect some incremental gains over the standard 488 Spider, which covered 0-100 km/h in only 3.0 seconds and reached a top speed of 325 km/h.
Only 10 J50’s will be built and each will be made to suit the customer’s tastes. Unfortunately, these will only be sold to existing loyal customers.