Run of ten Japanese celebration models announced in Tokyo to celebrate 50 years of the company’s activities in the country.
Ferrari has unveiled a new limited run model in Japan, named that J50, to celebrate – you guessed it – 50 years of Ferrari in Japan. Just ten will be produced,each with a specification the unique to each owner.
Based on the 488 Spider, it’s the latest car to come out of the company’s Special Projects department – and has been designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre team in Maranello. The new bodywork is significantly different to the standard 488, and it’s barely recognisable.
The roof mechanism has been ditched in favour of a more simple carbon fibre targa-top arrangement, with a style that Ferrari says is ‘evocative of several well-loved Ferrari road cars of the 1970s and 1980s’.
There really isn’t anything retro about the way it looks though. The aggressive front end is the result of moving the front radiators closer together allowing a completely re-designed bumper. Full LED Headlights allow for super-slim lenses.SEE RELATED: One-off Ferrari 458 MM Speciale unveiled
A lot of attention has been paid to the car’s aerodynamics, lowering the windscreen header rail – in turn allowing more air over the transverse aero foil between the roll-over hoops as well as the rear spoiler.
The rear of the car sees a return to quad round tail lights, a detail not seen since the F430, while the engine is covered by a polycarbonate sheet that follows the curves of the twin roll hoops. A set of forged 20-inch wheels, unique to the J50, fill out the arches.
Under the new bodywork, the J50 features a 3.9-litre turbocharged V8 engine, which is pushing out 681bhp – 20bhp up on the regular 488. The interior is a less radical departure from the 488, but it does come with unique trim options, as shown on the Tokyo show car’s red and black colour scheme.