To celebrate the brand’s 50th anniversary in Japan, Ferrari’s building ten examples of a special edition J50 targa roadster, a car that apparently may point to Ferrari’s future design language.

The J50 is based on a Ferrari 488 Spider but has been completely rebodied and gets 20 additional horsepower, the Italian automaker explained in a press release. Ferrari’s Special Projects department will work with all 10 customers to spec the car to taste.

“The bodywork is all new and heralds a radically futuristic design language,” Ferrari writes, suggesting this sleek, more-horizontal look may show up on other upcoming cars.

It’s also, paradoxically, more than a little retro, with a thick black beltline that hearkens back to the brand’s Barchetta models of the ’70s and ’80s; and a “helmet-visor”-type windshield evocative of Ferrari’s ’50s race cars.

Specially crafted 20-inch forged wheels help put the now-680 horsepower of the J50 to the ground, and a smoked polycarbonate cover shows off the engine making all that motivation happen.



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