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To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Ferrari in Japan, the Maranello-based luxury car manufacturer revealed a new strictly limited series of beautiful vehicles, the ‘J50′: a two-seater, mid-rear-engined roadster that hearkens back to the ‘targa’ body style signature of Ferrari road cars of the 1970s and 1980s.
The car’s bodywork-styling is completely new and showcases a futuristic form, with a highly distinctive personality. The luxury car manufacturer says the design approach was, ‘led by the desire to create a low-slung roadster, encapsulating intrinsic Ferrari values of nimbleness and agility.’
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All have front radiators that have been moved closer together to reduce the aerodynamic frontal area. There’s also a lower windscreen header rail to let more air flow over the aero foil incorporated into the rear deck and tail spoiler.
Ferrari’s Special Projects department has also lowered the bonnet and added two carbon fibre air channels reminiscent of the F50. Raised front wheel arch crests add to the visual aggression of the front, which has a prominent lower spoiler and full-width mesh grille.
At the rear, the J50 has four tail lamps and a rear diffuser Italian manufacturer says has been inspired by jet engine afterburners. The back is somewhat aggressive in nature, boasting a quad-taillight-design which widens the car’s rear visual profile.
Rounding off the exterior are 20-inch forged alloy wheels in a unique design for this limited run model. The carbon-fiber hard ‘targa’ top is divided into two pieces which can conveniently stow behind the seats. The same ‘J50′ presented during the launch event in tokyo is finished in a shade of three-layer red, with a red-over-black interior upholstered in fine leather and Alcantara.
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