If future Ferraris look as fetching as the J50, we won't be complaining.
Ferrari surprised us all when it unveiled its 50th anniversary present to Japan, the stunning J50. Based on the 488 Spider, its intriguing design can be traced back to some of the most iconic models in the Italian supercar maker’s history. The targa body is clearly a throwback to the Dino 246 GTS and 308 GTS from the 1970s and 1980s, while the side slope mirrors the unforgettable F40 and F50. It’s a shame, then, that only 10 are being made, meaning that some will disregard it as nothing more than a passing novelty.
However, the J50 could provide a significant insight into future Ferrari designs: In Ferrari’s own words, the J50 "heralds a radically futuristic design language." Last month the J50 made its official debut at the Ferrari 50 Year in Japan Anniversary Finale held at Tokyo’s New National Art Museum, where it was displayed alongside a 275 GTB, the first Ferrari imported to Japan in 1966, as well as Ferrari’s current lineup. At the event, Ferrari hinted how the J50 could influence the future of the brand: "Among the limited edition models it has unveiled to date, this is clearly the one with the most fresh styling and might serve as the blueprint for future Ferrari designs."
The J50’s more aggressive styling is certainly a radical departure from recent Ferraris such as the 488 GTB and the LaFerrari, and we’re rather smitten with it. From what Ferrari has said, don’t be surprised if the future replacement for the 488 takes its design cues from the J50. But before then, we would be happy to see the J50 coupe render become a reality.