Ferrari wows with limited edition J50 roadster
Ferrari has taken its exclusivity to a new level with the surprise unveiling of the stunning limited edition J50.
The first of the only 10 cars to be built was revealed at Tokyo's National Art Centre as the Italian sports car maker commemorated the 50th anniversary of Ferrari in Japan which explains the J50 name.
The J50 is a two-seater, mid-rear-engined roadster based on the 488 Spider that marks a return to the targa body style of Ferrari road cars of the 1970s and 1980s.
It was created and designed by Ferrari's Special Projects and Styling Centre teams in Maranello.
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Following the 488 theme, the J50 is powered the 3.9-litre V8 that won the overall 2016 International Engine of the Year Award. However, the J50's version has been tweaked to provide an extra 20hp and although performance figures are not available, expect it to be just a little faster than the 488's 0-100kmh time of 3sec and top speed of little more than 325kmh.
The bodywork is all new and the design approach, Ferrari says, was led by the desire to create a very low-slung roadster while encapsulating the carmaker's values of nimbleness and agility.
The company claims the "helmet visor" effect, which spawns from the window graphic, is reminiscent of their open competition barchettas going as far back as the 1950s, with the black dividing line a novel interpretation of a recurring styling cue seen on iconic models such as the GTO, F40 and F50.
Carbon fibre features prominently of course, including the hard targa top which is divided into two pieces and can be stowed behind the seats.
The J50 presented at the launch in Tokyo is finished in a special shade of three-layer red with a red-over-black interior trimmed in fine leather and Alcantara. However, each of the 10 cars to be built will be tailored to suit the customer's desires.