2016 Ferrari J50 Review Jan 9, 2017 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
Ferrari is celebrating fifty years in Japan by releasing a select number of special-edition versions of the popular 488 Spider. Renamed the J50, there will only be ten production cars of this customized model. Automotive enthusiasts around the world can get excited about this unique—and unexpected—supercar.
The J50 will run on a more powerful version of the 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine found in most 488 Spiders. The engine generates 681 horsepower, so there is never a lack. The Spider can go from 0-62 mph in 3.0 seconds with a top speed of 202 mph. With twenty additional horsepower and improved aerodynamic styling, owners could expect measurable improvements.
The J50 is a two-seat targa-top roadster designed by Flavio Manzoni. There is a polycarbonate bubble covering the engine, eye-catching rear diffuser, and distinctive channel wrapping the front and sides of the vehicle. The tapered front of the J50 is reminiscent of a modernized version of the 1982 GM Aero concept car. When it debuted, we noticed that the bent roof was similar to the roof on the one-off 458 Speciale MM in May 2016. This includes wedged windows that connect to the lowered windshield like a helmet visor. The nose has carbon-fiber air louvers, horizontal LED headlights, and an open-mesh grille. These features clearly build on a custom 458 Spider from 2013 called the Sergio. The J50 combines years of specialized concept cars into a sleek and hypermodern sports car.
The special model will have a customized interior matching the updated style. There are matte carbon roll hoops, and the carbon-fiber Targa roof splits into two pieces with a designated stowage area behind the seats. You will notice special seat inserts in black and red that complement the tail section. The instrument cluster has some micro-suede, and there are additional red leather accents along the dash. In addition to a new interior to differentiate the J50 from the Ferrari 488 Spider, the owners of the ten models will have the chance to customize them to meet their taste, starting with the colors.
Experts speculate that Ferrari had already offered the models to its top customers in Japan before it even announced the surprise supercar in Tokyo. Everyone else will have to make do with the production version of the 488 Spider. Of course, even if you were lucky enough to be offered a 2016 Ferrari J50, you would have to wait until later in the year and the company has yet to reveal how much the lucky few are expected to pay.