Ferrari J50 – 50 years of the Prancing Horse in Japan

Ferrari J50 – 50 years of the Prancing Horse in Japan

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Ferrari in Japan, the Italian brand has rolled out a bespoke model aptly called the J50. Just like the F60 America, only 10 units of the limited series car will be made, and following Ferraris fuori serie tradition, each one will be tailored specifically to the customer’s requirements.

Based on the 488 Spider, the J50 retains the 3.9 litre twin-turbo continues to be of service here, although it now comes with 20 PS more power for a sum of 690 PS. Ferrari did not disclose any performance details but expect a quicker 0-100 km/h sprint time and top speed.

However, it isn’t the speed that makes the J50 special because just look at it. The automaker says the all-new bodywork you see here “heralds a radically futuristic design language,” which could indicate that some of the cues could make an appearance in future models.

The J50’s front-end features a low-set nose and carbon-fibre air channels, along with slim full-LED headlamps. There’s also a black swage line that begins from just under the hood badge, which progress down the car’s flanks and into the reshaped side intakes.

Other highlights include the slanted top edge of the side window that flows into the new bonnet section, which is now lower at the centre. At the rear, a transparent polycarbonate cover showcases the engine, shaped to provide a visual extension of the two roll hoops, which feature a small aero foil bridge between them (inspired by 1960s prototypes)

This is just one of the aerodynamic development work done on the J50, with the aero foil directing air over the rear spoiler. In other areas, the radiators have been positioned closer together, and the rear diffuser features a different extractor shape to provide a more powerful stance.

Finishing touches include a quad taillight design reminiscent of the Ferrari 360 and 20-inch forged wheels unique for this limited-edition model. Inside, the cabin gets specific upholstery for the seats, and unlike car it is based on, there’s no mechanical-folding roof to protect the occupants from the elements. Instead, owners will get a two-piece carbon-fibre hard top that they will need to put up themselves.

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Gerard Lye

Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.



  • So, it’s like when you have a shirt with a pocket in front, then you suddenly add another pocket on the back, do a limited run and sell it for twice the price.

    Doesn’t matter right? Cos it’s Ferrari. It’s funny when you see how human view things differently.

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    • Jimmy on Dec 14, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      You don’t understand the sentiment.
      Rich people don’t think the ways you do.

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    • is the same for watches like Patek Phillip. the same watch, same model, difference is one is in stainless steel and the other in gold. the stainless steel Patek would cost many times more. yes you read it right, stainless steel Patek costs more than gold ones.

      Rarity is worth money brother. limited edition to the rich means even if you have the money you can’t have it unless I sell it to you….which I am not going to because I have money. see how they think now?

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