The Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale was an icon of the 1960s. It had a 230 metric hp 2.0L naturally aspirated V8 engine (yes, you read that right) hooked-up with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The exact production number is still a mystery but the factory claims to have built only 18 units between 1967 and 1969. The number 18 doesn’t make a lot of sense, does it? Which is probably why this spiritual successor of the original 33 Stradale is limited to 33 units. Not the best number, I know, but hey, at least there’s some rationale. And in case you’re frantically looking for your chequebook, my apologies, all 33 of ’em have already been spoken for.
The new Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale—I don’t know about you—but it looks stunning to me. It looks exactly how a 1960s sports car should look 50+ years later. The lights, the intakes, the Scudetto shield (grille), the shape of the windows, the rear fascia.. I could go on and on, but you get the idea, right? The 20-inch ‘Tributo’ wheels are also—I guess you could say—a modern take on the original ones. All these elements are a modern iteration of the original car. Alfa claims an aerodynamic efficiency figure of 0.375 Cx, and it’s worth noting that the car has no active aero elements whatsoever.
I’m not entirely sure if all these complicated-looking elements—especially the lights—are gonna make it to the units that’ll be delivered to the allocatees, but I’m fairly confident that the delivery units will look just as stunning. In case you haven’t figured out already, the new 33 Stradale is Alfa’s version of the Maserati MC20, and therefore it’ll also be available as a BEV in the future—as was the plan with the MC20. Does that mean there’ll also be a convertible version in the future? Most likely.
Other key highlights of the new 33 Stradale include active shock absorbers and something called semi-virtual steering on both the front and rear axles. The car also boasts a front axle lift system (raises the front axle by about 50 mm). Alfa is happy to also share that in order to ensure rigidity and safety, the roof structure has been engineered in carbon fibre and aluminium, with specially developed hinges for the butterfly doors. The window frames are also made of carbon fibre, with the rear window in polycarbonate.
The cockpit has a bit of retro mixed with aero vibes going on, I’m not entirely sure of that, but the buyers can choose from two themes/trims: Tributo and Alfa Corse. The former pays homage to the 1967 33 Stradale on show at the Museum in Arese. The standout feature here is the upholstery in two-tone biscuit leather and slate, but of course, red/black or blue/slate combos are also available. The Alfa Corse is a combination of carbon fibre, Alcantara and leather.
The new 33 Stradale borrows its 3.0L twin-turbo V6 Nettuno engine from its cousin, of course, offering 463 kW (630 metric hp) and 730 Nm (538 lb-ft) of torque, paired with an 8-speed DCT. There’ll also be an electric version in the future, offering an estimated power output of 559 kW (760 metric hp).