This gorgeous special edition is rooted in the already beautiful 488 Spider, but it actually gets even prettier and also packs a larger stable of prancing horses.
Ferrari Japan is celebrating half a century of existence this month and the important milestone has been marked in style – with Ferrari transforming a 488 Spider into the J50, a new limited series set to involve just ten specifically modified units. As anyone imagines, all should already be sold by now and will get specific tailoring according to the needs of the future owner. The presentation car arrived in Tokyo with a very nice three-layer red exterior matched by an equally entertaining red-over-black cabin clad in Alcantara and leather. The Maranello-based Ferrari Styling Centre was in charge of the redesign which brought a “highly distinctive personality that suits the tastes of a clientele that seeks the utmost in innovative styling.” The drop top now resembles a classic barchetta, and comes with a new front design with slimmer full-LED headlights and a set of larger side wings for the refreshed bumper – while the hood has been dropped and has the wheel arches next to it raised even more.
The folding metal roof has been ditched in favor of a two-piece carbon fiber targa top, and there’s also a black dividing line inspired by models such as the GTO, F40, and F50. The back features double taillights, a new rear diffuser and cool exhaust tips mirroring the jet engine afterburners. The tailor-made 20-inch forged wheels and a transparent polycarbonate engine cover complete the looks. The power department is handled by the biturbo 3.9-liter V8 which has been massaged for 20 hp more for a grand total of 690 hp. There’s no word about torque, which could stay the same as in the regular 488 Spider at 760 Newton-meters (560 pound-feet).