Prancing Stallion showcased its all new and ultra-limited sports car -- the J50 -- at a special celebration held at the National Art Center in Tokyo to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Ferrari in Japan.
Limited to 10 units in Japan, the J50 is based on the 488 Spider. The two-seater, mid-rear-engined roadster features a targa body style seen in the Ferrari road cars of the 1970s and 1980s. Created by Ferrari's Special Projects department and designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre team in Maranello, each unit of the J50 will be tailored specifically to the customer's requirements.
The J50 draws power from a 3.9-litre turbo V8 tuned to belt out 681bhp and 760Nm of torque. The mill powers J50 to reach 100kmph in 3.0 seconds before reaching a top speed of 325kmph. The J50 comes with helmet visor effect with fewer blind spots. This is reminiscent of Ferrari's open competition barchettas in the 1950s while the black dividing line is inspired from iconic Ferrari models such as the GTO, F40 and F50. Two carbon-fibre air channels on the front bonnet create a sharper face while full LED headlights add richness.
The J50 benefits from detailed aerodynamic development that include redesigned front bumper, radiators have been positioned closer together and windscreen header rail has been lowered allowing more airflow over the aerofoil and thus over the rear spoiler.
The engine is framed by a transparent polycarbonate cover that has a colour contrast to the two separate roll hoops. At the rear, quad taillight design widening the car visually under a high-down-force wing profile. The J50 also features 20-inch forged rims of unique design were crafted specifically for this limited-edition model. Inside the cabin, J50 features the sports seats. The carbon-fibre hard targa top is divided into two pieces, which stow behind the seats.