2017 Ferrari J50

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 air vents.

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 engine afterburners.

Its engine lid has a huge, transparent polycarbonate cover that mimics the rollover hoops that protects the driver and passenger.

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.

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