Meet the Ferrari J50. It’s a 488 Spider underneath – complete with that stonking 690ps (681bhp) twin turbo V8 mounted amidships – but with all-new bodywork. Now the 488 is not exactly deprived in the looks department, but what Maranello’s Special Projects team has conjured here is surely masterful. It’s a low-slung beauty.
Announced in Tokyo today (December 13th) as part of the run-up to Ferrari’s big 70th anniversary celebrations in 2017, the J50 is named to mark 50 years of Ferrari in Japan. Production will be limited to just 10 cars.
All the exterior bodywork is new, says Ferrari, for what the company calls “a radically futuristic design language”. Key elements are the visor-like wraparound windscreen and side glass, and the very low swage line from the nose to the aft air intakes. The result is a visually lighter, leaner, and much lower-slung sports car. The black line around the front half of the car – a la F40 and F50 – further visually lowers the car’s beltline.
The car marks a return to the targa top as fitted to Ferraris of the 1970s and ‘80s. It’s a carbon-fibre job divided into two pieces which stow behind the seats. Nice touch, we reckon.