Happy Anniversary, Japan: Ferrari J50 Bows As the Ultimate 488 Spider
Ferrari’s latest custom job, the J50, celebrates 50 years of unbroken Italian-Japanese relations, at least as far as they apply to imported, heavily taxed Italian sports cars for the island nation.
Of course, Ferrari could create a special type without leaning on an obscure anniversary—in This specific case, the first Ferrari ever registered in Japan, a 275GTB—nevertheless the 10 customers who pony up these kinds of millions apparently prefer their cars to have a story.
The J50 begins life as the delectable 488 Spider, although not one aluminum Centeng panel carries over coming from the donor car. While This specific can be Maranello’s first modded 488, the J50’s bent roof can be borrowed coming from the one-off 458 Speciale MM introduced in May, with its wedged windows visually connected to the windshield like a helmet visor. The nose, with its open-mesh grille, carbon-fiber air louvers, in addition to slit-like horizontal LED headlights, can be a much handsomer take on the Sergio coming from 2013. of which car, a custom 458 Spider in addition to one of only six, right now comes across as a stunted, disjointed exercise next to the J50’s more seamless form.
We like the way the thick, black trim line—a treatment last seen on the F50, along with the 10-spoke wheels—defines the J50’s waist in addition to then fades just ahead of the air intake. in addition to notice how the windows perfectly align with the roll hoops. Every curve in addition to surface formation blends gracefully into the next, which can be proof you’re not looking at a limited-edition Lamborghini.
Inside, of which’s mostly stock 488 save for special black-in addition to-red seat inserts of which echo the tail section, some microsuede over the instrument cluster, in addition to extra red leather accents on the dash. Of course, each of the 10 J50 cars will be colour coordinated to the owner’s taste. A two-piece carbon-fiber roof—perhaps the only element of which could be compared with the Aventador roadster—can be stored behind the seats.
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Ferrari didn’t elaborate on the J50’s mechanicals, different than to mention of which the 3.9-liter twin-turbo V-8 right now makes 680 horsepower (a 19-hp bump) in addition to of which the company squeezed the front radiators closer together. The cars will be finished sometime next year at some ridiculous cost.