Ferrari J50, a special edition for Japan.
Ferrari is currently celebrating its 50 years of operations in Japan with a special edition, the Ferrari J50, an exclusive series limited to 10 examples, all properly tailored.
This model, based on the 488 Spider, is “a throwback to the Targa style which was a trademark of several Ferrari road models in the 70s and 80s”.
Unlike the 488 Spider, which has a hard roof, the Ferrari J50 has carbon fibre panels that stow behind the seats. The two anti-roll bars are embedded in the lid and the engine cover is made of transparent polycarbonate.
But these are not the only differences when compared to the 488 Spider. In the front part, for instance, the radiators were displaced in order to reduce the front surface and two air inlets made of carbon fibre were added, very similar to those of the Ferrari F50. On the side, one can see the black waistline, whose inspiration was found in the 288 GTO and F40.
In the rear, the J50 has four tail lights and a diffuser inspired by jet engine “afterburners”. Another odd detail is the windshield, whose shape resembles a “helmet visor”, encompassing the cabin.
The motor is the same 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8 of 488 Spider, albeit with a slight change: 20hp more to reach a total of 690hp.
Prices and performances remain fairly secretive, since those 10 units made available to Japanese customers who are loyal to the brand, are all sold at prices that should be around a million euros.