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Friday, September 1, 2023

Alfa Romeo Brings the Legendary 33 Stradale to Life in a Modern Interpretation

BACK Alive - Alfa Romeo, the renowned Italian automaker, has breathed new life into its legendary 1960s masterpiece with a contemporary interpretation. This latest supercar, meticulously developed since 2021, marks a significant milestone as it is touted to be the ultimate model of conventional combustion engine supercars from the Italian manufacturer. This modern marvel emerges as a stunning resurrection of a 1960s racing legend, providing a choice between a V6 or electric motors.
On the left is the 1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale, one of the world's most coveted classic cars, now rejuvenated with a modern and contemporary reinterpretation. (Picture from: AlfaRomeo)
In line with reports from Autocar, the newest iteration of the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale was meticulously crafted by a team of 49 skilled engineers who adhered to the ethos of minimalist design. Notably, this supercar also signifies Alfa Romeo's return to the realm of supercars, following the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. Moreover, it introduces a series of exclusive 'fuoriserie' (custom-built) limited editions that epitomize the brand's dedication to luxury and craftsmanship.
Alfa Romeo has officially confirmed that the highly anticipated 33 Stradale supercar will mark the brand's final venture into pure-combustion supercars. (Picture from: GQ-Magazine)
The moniker "33 Stradale" befits a limited production run of a mere 33 units, with each unit being meticulously allocated to a specially chosen customer who appreciates the car's historic significance and iconic status. Each of these vehicles represents the pinnacle of Alfa Romeo's artistry, staying faithful to the distinctive features of the original car.
The dedication to weight reduction is evident through features like the carbon fiber monocoque chassis, aluminum body frame, carbon fiber window frames, and lightweight butterfly-door hinges. (Picture from: Autocar)
Astoundingly, all available units were swiftly purchased within a span of two weeks, shortly after the initial sketches were unveiled to potential customers at the 2022 Monza Grand Prix. The inaugural delivery is scheduled for December 17, 2024, with subsequent deliveries planned for 2026. It comes as no surprise that the price tag reflects the exclusivity and luxury; reportedly hovering around £1.7 million per unit, solidifying its status as the most expensive Alfa Romeo creation to date.
At the front, the distinctive 'V'-shaped grille, recognized as the Scudetto Shield, stands out as a captivating element, accentuating both aerodynamic functionality and visual allure. (Picture from: GQ-Magazine)
Prospective buyers are presented with a choice between two drivetrain options: a 739 bhp electric vehicle (EV) or a mid-rear-mounted 641 bhp 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine. The conventional combustion engine variant is estimated to weigh 1,500 kg. On the other hand, the introduction of the electric variant marks a significant stride for Alfa Romeo. This EV is anticipated to feature a battery pack enabling a travel range of approximately 280 miles (450.16 km) on the WLTP cycle, though additional details are yet to be confirmed.
Potential buyers are given the option of two drivetrain choices: a 739 bhp electric vehicle (EV) or a mid-rear-mounted 641 bhp 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine. (Picture from: GQ-Magazine)
The tri-motor four-wheel drive setup, akin to the technology utilized in the Maserati Granturismo Folgore, underpins the vehicle's performance capabilities. This configuration, coupled with the availability of a V6 petrol engine, is expected to offer remarkable on-road dynamics. Just like other EVs such as the BMW i4 and Mercedes-Benz EQS, the EV variant will incorporate meticulous sound engineering within the cabin.

Alfa Romeo's expertise manifests in the upgraded internal combustion engine — a 2.9-liter unit derived from the Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglios—featuring enhanced power output. Paired with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, this powerhouse propels the vehicle from 0 to 62 mph in less than three seconds, attaining a top speed of 207 mph (333 kph).
The interior design remains dedicated to catering to the driver's needs, with a focus on simplicity evidenced by the limited buttons on the center console. (Picture from: GQ-Magazine)
While piloting the 33 Stradale, drivers can toggle between two distinct driving modes: Strada (road) and Pista (track). Alfa Romeo's commitment to delivering a harmonious driving experience on both tracks and roads is evident in these modes. In Strada mode, a gentler throttle response and softer suspension offer comfort, while the Pista mode sharpens throttle response and stiffens suspension for a more exhilarating performance.
The name "33 Stradale" perfectly suits its exclusive production of just 33 units, each meticulously assigned to a specially selected customer who recognizes the car's historical value and iconic status. (Picture from: GQ-Magazine)
The four-wheel steering system, developed in-house by Alfa Romeo and termed "semi-virtual," contributes to the vehicle's agility on various terrains. This innovative system aids in precision while ensuring a comfortable ride by absorbing imperfections in the road. Superior braking capability is delivered by carbon-ceramic Brembo brakes, featuring six-piston calipers at the front and four-piston calipers at the rear.
Alfa Romeo's in-house developed "semi-virtual" four-wheel steering system enhances the vehicle's agility across diverse terrains. (Picture from: Autocar)
Efforts to minimize weight are apparent in the carbon fiber monocoque chassis and aluminum body frame, accompanied by carbon fiber window frames and lightweight butterfly-door hinges. Alfa Romeo's commitment to maintaining the proportions of the original car is evident in the design of the 33 Stradale. The signature 'V'-shaped grille, known as the Scudetto Shield, is a striking feature at the front, emphasizing aerodynamics and aesthetic appeal.
Notably, each vehicle possesses distinct characteristics, affording buyers the opportunity to customize elements like the grille, rear badge, and air intakes. (Picture from: Autocar)
Incorporating a driver-centric philosophy, the cockpit incorporates lightweight materials such as aluminum and carbon fiber, complemented by Alcantara upholstery. The interior design remains focused on the driver's needs, featuring minimal buttons on the center console. A pioneering 3D head-up display acts as the primary digital interface, designed to minimize distractions.

The steering wheel, free from buttons, positions controls above the driver's head to create an ambiance reminiscent of an airplane cockpit. The seating draws inspiration from the original 33 Stradale of the 1960s. This commitment to simplicity is echoed in the two available specifications—Tributo and Alfa Corse—each offered in blue, red, or a white and red livery reminiscent of the 33 Stradale racer's design.
Notably, each vehicle boasts unique characteristics, allowing buyers to personalize elements such as the grille, rear badge, and air intakes. The manufacturing responsibility lies with Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera, the esteemed Italian coachbuilder responsible for crafting iconic vehicles like the Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta, Aston Martin DB5, and Maserati 3500 GT. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ALFAROMEO | AUTOCAR | GQ-MAGAZINE | CARSCOOPS | WIKIPEDIA ]
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