Maserati is getting street-ready with an exclusive collaboration with the Japanese godfather of street culture, Hiroshi Fujiwara. The two legendary names of the luxury industry have joined hands to create two limited-edition versions of the Maserati Ghibli in Hiroshi Fujiwara fashion.
Named Ghibli Operanera and Ghibli Operabianca, this special edition is the fruit of the capabilities of the Maserati Fuoriserie customization program, which allows the collectors to create their bespoke vehicle tailored to their unique tastes. For this collaboration, the Japanese fashion god, DJ, artist, and producer brings his signature street style aesthetic – the result is an artwork in the form of a melodic duet.
In this collaboration, the Maserati Ghibli is more than just a car; and it becomes a bespoke garment that expresses the collector’s personality and a luxury statement. Renowned for being the pioneer of the streetwear culture of Tokyo in the 1980s, Hiroshi Fujiwara was one of the first DJs to import hip hop into the Land of the Rising Sun. As a producer and musician, he has worked with international recording stars. As a visual artist, he specializes in expressing aspects of the urban experience moods. Presented in an exclusive global première in Tokyo, Operanera and Operabianca are two contrasting evocations of a Special Edition of Maserati Ghibli.
Inspired by the spirit of ”itanji”, which means ”non-conformist”, both the limited editions Ghiblis holds the street style of Fujiwara’s brand, Fragment, thus giving birth to a creative partnership which is a duet in the truest sense of the term: Maserati meets Fragment. While Operanera is the darker of the two models with a contrasting exterior finish of glossy and opaque black, Operabianca features a mix of glossy white and opaque blacks – like yin and yang. Based on the Ghibli sports sedan, the two cars also feature the exclusive Granlusso trim. To complete the exteriors, Ghibli Operanera and Ghibli Operabianca are fitted with 20″ Urano matte black wheels. The Trident’s elegant visual codes are balanced with Fujiwara’s pared-back yet precise styling. Both the cars are filled with references to the 2003 founded brand. The Fragment logo is placed on the C pillar, and the unique grille, which Maserati says embodies Fujiwara’s “metropolitan style.” The uniformity of color applies not only to the exteriors but also to the body-color wheels and handles.
Maserati Ghibli uses premium leather and Alcantara for the interiors, with contrasting silver inserts for the vertical stitching and the Trident on the headrests. The seat belts are dark blue. An alphanumeric tag runs underneath the triple side air ducts – M157110519FRG. The first four characters are the Ghibli ID code. The following six numbers record the date of the first meeting (5 November 2019) between Hiroshi and the Centro Stile Maserati, and the final three letters are the acronym of Fragment.
The automobile giant hasn’t shared the engine’s configuration, but Robb Report predicts that Ghibli can be equipped with either a 3.0-liter V-6 or 3.8-liter V-8 that churns out 345 hp 580 hp, respectively. Both cars are also fitted with 20-inch matte black Urano wheels for added attitude.
With only 175 such creations for global distribution, every car would be accompanied by its collaborative capsule collection in the same “unconventional spirit” as the cars. The price and other details are yet to be unveiled, but we can expect to have Fujiwara’s swag all over!