Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale returns: Aviation-inspired design, EV option available, 33 units only

Alfa Romeo seems to have gone back to the past and revived one of its classic models – the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale, and has created a super modern successor using the same name. Introducing Alfa Romeo’s new halo car, a 2-seater coupé that is said to preview the brand’s future. And as its name suggests, only 33 units of this road-legal track car are offered, all of which have already been sold at this point.

Built upon its potential buyers’ inputs, Alfa Romeo has kept some details of the old 33 Stradale with this new one. The new 33 Stradale’s proportions for example have been kept rather similarly to its predecessor as a way of paying tribute.

On the outside, the Alfa Romeo continues the brand’s tradition by wearing the iconic Scudetto shield, albeit finished in carbon fibre this time around. Customers can even choose the Alfa Romeo logo to come in its classic form or a more modern 3D version.

Described to be dynamic and slender, the new 33 Stradale’s rear has also been crafted to look as athletic as the front. This includes elements such as a truncated tail, a V-shaped graphic, along with round rear light clusters.

Being the brand’s halo car, the Alfa Romeo also as expected comes with some special design features. This includes its butterfly doors and two large side air inlets. The car also comes with a wraparound sunroof, which the company says give the driver a view that is reminiscent of an aeroplane cockpit.

Speaking of aeroplanes, the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale’s inside is said to be aviation-inspired. For starters, the interior has been designed with a minimalist approach when it comes to its design and materials, in order to “provide the most engaging driving experience”. Among the materials used here are aluminium, carbon fibre, leather, and Alcantara.

With minimal components that could distract the driver, the new 33 Stradale sports a limited number of controls on the centre console, with only practical features kept. This concept also applies to the steering wheel which features none of the usual buttons found in modern vehicles.

Instead, the buttons are located at different levels, just like in an aeroplane cockpit. This includes the low centre console, as well as the central lining on the inside of the roof. Interior trim-wise, the new Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale’s interior can be finished in either Tributo or Alfa Corse, all down to the customer’s choice.

Said to be built as a track machine that is also suitable for everyday use, the new Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale features a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 engine paired with an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT), offering over 620 hp. This translates into a 0-100 km/h sprint time of less than three seconds, and a top speed of 333 km/h.

Being a car that previews the brand’s future, this Alfa Romeo road-legal track car also comes in a fully-electric version, that can deliver over 750 hp. However, not many details have been shared regarding this version, but what we know is that can deliver around 386 km of range on a single charge.

Supporting the road-legal Italian track car is a double-arm suspension with active shock absorbers, that also feature front axle lift. Stopping power on the other hand supplied by the brand’s brake-by-wire braking system, along with Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes.

Alfa Romeo CEO, Jean-Philippe Imparato said, “With the new 33 Stradale, we wanted to create something that lived up to our past, to serve the brand and to make the Alfisti fandom proud. Such a result could only have been achieved thanks to the expertise, hard work and passion of our team, with the support of management who have the clear ambition to contribute to writing chapters in the brand’s future, in full respect of its unique history. This is the brand’s first “fuoriserie” (custom-built) car since 1969, and I promise it won’t be the last.”

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