Maserati Ghibli gets a touch of Japanese fusion

By ramieza, 25 June 2021

After months of anticipation, Hiroshi Fujiwara, the Japanese 'godfather of street culture' behind the Fragment label, and Maserati have finally lifted the curtains on their collaboration involving a special Ghibli.

The partnership — first hinted in January — is the product of the carmaker’s Fuoriserie customisation program, which allows customers to create a Maserati to fit their distinct needs and tastes.

Born from this collaboration and presented in an exclusive global première in Tokyo are Operanera and Operabianca, two contrasting special editions of the Maserati Ghibli.

“They are more than just cars,” the company states in a press release. “They are symbols of the deconstruction of convention, a re-birth of hope, and are unmistakable statements of intent.”

The Ghibli Operanera is presented with a glossy, opaque black exterior, while the Operabianca sports a glossy white, opaque black finish instead. Each car is equipped with 20-inch matte black Urano wheels, and feature Fragment branding on the C pillar as well as the grille. The dark color scheme continues with the interior, which includes premium leather and Alcantara seats, a contrasting trident logo on the head rest, as well as dark blue seatbelts.

The code “M157110519FRG” is imprinted underneath the triple side air ducts — a Maserati signature. The first four characters of the alphanumeric tag are the Ghibli's ID code, while the following four characters represent the date of Fujiwara and Centro Stile Maserati’s first meeting (5 November 2019). The last three letters are, of course, a nod to the Fragment brand name.

Only 175 units of the Ghibli Operanera and Operabianca will be produced for global distribution.