Ferrari unveiled the Ferrari J50 today in Tokyo (Japan). This limited-edition model was built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Ferrari in Japan. They’ve probably already selected the 10 lucky few hardcore japanese owners for this very special & limited-edition (10 units). Ferrari has a tradition of building some limited-edition models. But so far, as far as I know, only two markets have been graced with a « special model for the country » in Ferrari’s modern history: the USA with the Ferrari F60 America and now Japan with the Ferrari J50. We have kenmsaito to thank for some of those pictures and the presentation video as well!
The Ferrari J50 was created by Ferrari’s Special Projects department, but contrary to what I have read elsewhere, it’s definitely not a « Special Project ». Why? Because as far as I know, the latter term only applies to UNIQUE models (ex: F12 SP America etc…). And there are 10 units of the J50 (just like there are 10 units of the F60). Each one will be tailored to the hand-picked japanese clients demands, which sounds completely understandable. That being said, all the Ferrari J50 seat two people and are roadsters. Based on the Ferrari 488 spider, they all have a mid-rear 3.9L V8 engine pushing 690 bhp (more than the 488 engine). That’s definitely not bad.
As far as design goes, the car has been thought as seeking the utmost innovative styling (just like the taste of the japanese clientele). When I look at it, I see a lot of reminders of iconic models: mainly, I see a A LOT of F50. But also a bit of Sergio. The iconic « black dividing line » usually seen with Ferrari supercars is a dead give-away that you’re not dealing with « just another model ».
The Ferrari J50 presented at the launch in Tokyo is finished in a special shade of rosso tristrato with a red-over-black interior trimmed in Alcantara. Classic Ferrari. Considering we’re in Japan, and judging by how they tend to spec their Ferrari, I can bet you that we’ll see at least ONE white J50 out there!
Ferrari J50 – celebrating 50 years of Ferrari in Japan