When it comes to celebrating anniversaries, give it to Ferrari,
as the automaker is known to design special editions to
celebrate its anniversaries. The latest edition is the model
dubbed J50. As the name suggests, the limited edition model was
crafted to celebrate the automaker’s 50th
anniversary in Japan. Ferrari took advantage of the anniversary
to bring back the targa body style that pays tribute to the
Ferraris of the ‘70s and ‘80s era. Although the J50 is based on
the 488 Spider, the model borrows a host of cues from the F50
and F40. The 2017 Ferrari J50 is the brainchild of the
Ferrari’s Styling Center team based in Maranello. It was passed
to Ferrari’s Special Project’s department for the actual
construction. Read along to find out more:
2017 Ferrari J50 Exterior
Despite being based on the 488 Spider, the J50 has little in
common with the Spider. What they only share is the sharp snout
and overall body proportions. To start with, the front bumper
has been revised to feature a huge mesh grille as well as an
aggressive looking splitter. Unlike the 488, which had
vertically mounted headlights, the J50 features horizontally
oriented units. The front fascia also features two carbon-fiber
On the sides, the J50 is also different from the Spider.
The automaker has done away with the huge dent-like feature
that surrounds the Spider’s door handles. At the rear of the
flanks, Ferrari has downsized the two-tier intake, which has in
turn enhanced its rear haunches resulting in a more aggressive
stance. Other new features include revised mirrors whose design
is adopted from the LaFerrari, black side skirts as well as
new, 20-inch wheels.
The rear is also unique. It features a number of new features.
You will find a new spoiler, a redesigned diffuser and quad
taillights. The diffuser derives its inspiration from jet
Its engine lid has a huge, transparent polycarbonate cover that
mimics the rollover hoops that protects the driver and
2017 Ferrari J50 Interior
The interior is not as radical as the exterior profile.
However, the Maranello designers have hooked up the seats with
a new, Alcantara and premium cowhide. The dash and door panels
are also wrapped in premium leather.
The convertible carbon-fiber hard rooftop is separated into two
pieces that stow behind the seats for convenience.
Accenting for each model will differ as buyers have an option
to customize their J50’s according to their individual tastes.
As such, no cabin will look like the other.
Engine specs and performance
Ferrari has hooked up the J50 with the same engine as the 488
Spider. The mill is a turbocharged 3.9 L, V-8. The mill has
however been upgraded to produce more “juice”. It now pumps out
21 horses more for a total of 681 hp. However, torque is
unchanged at 560 lb-ft.
The automaker has not released information about the vehicle’s
performance. Due to the increased output and upgraded
aerodynamics, the model will slightly offer a better
performance compared to the 488 Spider, which takes 3 seconds
to hit 60 mph from a standstill position. The J50 will likely
offer a better top speed compared to the Spider’s 203 mph.
Price and release date
Ferrari is also keeping pricing information close to its chest.
However, I expect the J50 to attract a higher price tag
compared to the 488
Spider. Currently, the Spider starts at $275,000. The 2017
Ferrari J50 will likely have a starting price of around
$400,000 or more. Make haste and place your order right now, as
these things sell out even before they enter into production.
According to reports, only 10 units of the J50 will be
made. Each model will be customized according to individual
customer’s tastes. Going by historical trends, there is a good
chance that all the models have sold out.