Car News 13 Dec 2016

The new Ferrari J50

Ferrari has unexpectedly announced an all-new, limited-run supercar. The Ferrari J50 has been designed to celebrate 50 years of Ferrari in Japan.

The new J50 convertible was officially revealed in Tokyo at the National Art Centre. Only 10 of the ‘Special Project Department’ cars will be built, which are based on the same foundation as a 488 Spider, but with more power and new styling.

The J50 runs on a 3.9-litre turbocharged V8 engine, producing 681bhp. No performance statistics have been revealed yet, however it should be slightly faster than the 499 Spider’s 0-62mph time of 3 seconds.

The J50’s styling is reminiscent of the F50 and is more aggressive and modern looking than the 488 Spider. The front has raised front wings and thin horizontal lights. The J50 features a new Targa style carbonfibre panel roof with black dividing lines along the doors to the air vents and a new front bumper. The windscreen has been designed in a visor style that wraps around the cabin.

The rear resembles an F430, with quad-taillights surrounded by black trim and new 20 inch alloys. There is a large rear wing and a new rear diffuser inspired by jet engines, enhancing the car’s aerodynamics.  The interior gets new trims, a red and black Alcantara and leather colour scheme and sport seats.

Ferrari are yet to release pricing and full specification for the limited-run J50, however expect a high price premium for the Special Projects developed car.

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