J50’s futuristic styling cues may be Ferrari’s upcoming blueprint

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 4, 2017

Ferrari recently unleashed the stunning J50 Limited for Japan’s 50th anniversary. Its beguiling design nevertheless showed hints of Ferrari’s legendary classics including the targa body, which is basically the Dino 246 and 308 GTS from the seventies and eighties.

What is more interesting is that the F40 and F50’s “side slope mirrors” have somehow made a comeback. Sadly, the Italian manufacturer made only ten units of the Limited edition supercar. But it is also believed that the J50 will be very influential in designing future Ferraris. That is what we concluded when Ferrari referred to the J50 as the start of a “radically futuristic design language.”

Furthermore, it also stated that among the limited edition cars they have unveiled, the J50 obviously has the most updated design and may later serve as the basis for its future lineups.

The J50 was officially launched last month at Tokyo’s New National Museum and was attended by more than 300 special guests. Celebrating Ferrari’s 50th Year in Japan, it showcased the J50 together with the first one they imported to the country in 1966 --- the Ferrari 275 GTB. Also displayed on the event were Ferrari’s latest models.

It wasn’t the first time that a commemorative edition supercar was made by the Italian marque for its longstanding partners abroad. In 2014, Ferrari marked its sixty years of sales in the US as it unveiled the F60 America special edition.

The Limited J50 is definitely a big step from the usual styling cues we could see on the current LaFerrari and also on the 488 GTB. Perhaps the most remarkable feature we’ve seen so far is the illusion of a low belt line. This is due to the black line that creates a distinction along the lower knee level of the car. The same motif goes all the way to the windscreen’s header seals, making it appear significantly closer to the ground.

Given these more aggressive styling cues, we wouldn’t be surprised if the 488 will be replaced sooner or later. If you could recall, Lamborghini did the same for its Murcielago with Reventon bodyworks before totally replacing it with Aventador. There is also the highly phenomenal McLaren P1 that started the British brand’s iconic design cues since then. So there you have it. Though Ferrari hasn’t confirmed anything, chances are high that the upcoming models will look like the one we have on the picture.

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