ferrari's J50 roadster unveiled at the national art center in tokyo
ferrari's J50 roadster unveiled at the national art center in tokyo
dec 13, 2016

ferrari's J50 roadster unveiled at the national art center in tokyo



during a celebration held at the national art center in tokyo 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. ferrari say the design approach was, ‘led by the desire to create a low-slung roadster, encapsulating intrinsic ferrari values of nimbleness and agility.’

ferrari J50 roadster designboom
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to achieve this, the slanted top edge of the side window, continuous with the windscreen; and the raked black swage line which dramatically rises from the low-set nose until it vanishes in the air intake aft of the doors converge with each other, creating a sinuous dynamic on the flank of the car.

ferrari J50 roadster designboom
a sinuous dynamic throughout the flank



the ferrari ‘J50’s’ engine is protected by a transparent polycarbonate cover, signature of the italian-automaker, which is delicately formed providing protection to the heads of driver and passenger. the back is somewhat aggressive in nature, boasting a quad-taillight-design which widens the car’s rear visual profile. the rear diffuser features an extractor shape influenced by jet engine afterburners, and provide a similar sonorous sound. 20” forged alloys were crafted specifically for the limited-edition 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.

ferrari J50 roadster designboom

ferrari J50 roadster designboom


  • Dear Martin Hislop.

    Please, make an important corection: Ferrarri is NOT based in Bologna but rather in Maranello, MODENA. This is a little but very distinguishing detail which in Italy -and all over the world- makes a huge difference.

    Thank you.

    Paolo Zardo
  • I love the way ‘fenders’ are coming back.. Midline up – this is beautiful. The nose peels off a star.


  • OK! Let us see if the Sierra Club or the environmental nazi’s will be mad at this one.

    Tung Cab
  • Beautiful, beautiful! Sport & elegant.

    Goran Stanis

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