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The Reborn Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale Is A Refreshingly Pretty 207-MPH Supercar Tribute

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The past few years haven’t been the prettiest era for supercars so far. Take a look around and you’ll see seven-figure mingers as fast as they are difficult to look at. The Lamborghini Sian is a caricature of a Lamborghini, the McLaren Senna looks as if Edward Scissorhands violated the clay model, and the Pagani Utopia has a facial expression like it accidentally signed up for a lifetime wet willy subscription. However, out of the muck known as turn-of-the-’20s excess come signs of attractive supercars returning, and even common brands are starting to get in on the action. Say hello to the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale. No, not the breathtakingly gorgeous old one, but the unexpectedly attractive new one.

Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale Exterior

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Obviously, the form of the original 33 Stradale is almost impossible to achieve in a street car these days, but Alfa Romeo seems to have put great attention into getting the curves over this carbon-tubbed rocket right. From the arcs over the fenders to the swoosh of the quarter panel air intakes, the 33 Stradale cuts a beautiful silhouette. I really like the canopy-style butterfly doors with their absolutely fantastic skylights. Sensational stuff.

Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale 1

Look a little closer, and you’ll find an interesting clash between the classic and modern. The forward lighting silhouettes cut an organic figure, but the detailing is all straight lines piling up to look busier than a beehive. Torpedoes emerging from the flanks contain the taillights, a bold move that recalls vent locations on the original car. It all feels very Zagato-influenced, but that’s a good thing. It’s the sort of beauty that isn’t immediately obvious, instead sparking studious discussion.

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Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale Exterior

Powering the new 33 Stradale is a mid-mounted turbocharged V6 with more than 620 horsepower. Surprisingly, it’s not Maserati’s Nettuno engine snagged from across the Stellantis parts bin using an old-timey barbershop quartet cane, but rather a high-output version of the 2.9-liter V6 in the Giulia Quadrifoglio. Intriguingly, it’s a 90-degree design, meaning this exceedingly rare supercar should sound like the world’s fastest Pontiac Grand Prix. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Hitched to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transaxle from ZF, it should make the 33 Stradale plenty quick. If that’s not for you, Alfa Romeo is happy to provide customers with an electric option, a tri-motor array pumping out a dizzying 750 combined horsepower. Reckon it’s congestion charge-exempt in London?

Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale Interior

Regardless of whether a customer chooses red meat or Beyond Meat power, the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale should click off solid figures. Alfa Romeo claims zero-to-60 in less than three seconds and a top speed of 207 mph. That’s supercar quick by any standards. Reeling this objet d’art back down from serious speeds falls under the responsibilities of carbon ceramic Brembo brakes with electro-hydraulic actuation. Yes, this thing is brake-by-wire, a curious choice but not a surprising one given the Giulia Quadrifoglio. I wouldn’t question their effectiveness, seeing as how Alfa Romeo claims the 33 Stradale can haul itself down from 62 mph to a dead stop in less than 108 feet.

Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale Exterior

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Figures alone aren’t necessarily a sign that a car will be quite good, but the origin of this supercar offers some hope. The reborn 33 Stradale didn’t happen on a corporate whim, but rather with love by its side. As per Alfa Romeo:

The new 33 provides an exciting driving experience and the immortal charm of an icon to a very small circle of enthusiasts who have been involved from the beginning. The new 33 Stradale was developed at the recently created Alfa Romeo “Bottega,” where the brand’s designers, engineers and historians initially met with potential buyers to create each car, as in Renaissance artisan boutiques and workshops of renowned Italian coachbuilders

What we’re looking at here is a low-volume car tailored for individual enthusiasts, and that’s rather cool. However, because of that nature, the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale will be an elusive beast in the wild. Alfa will only make 33 of these cars, and all have been spoken for. However, the brand has hinted that this isn’t the last high-end limited-production car it will build. I guess we’ll just have to hold onto our hats as we wait to find out what’s next.

(Photo credits: Alfa Romeo)

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Theotherotter
Theotherotter
9 months ago

I do like the way the detailing in the front and rear lightsindirectly references the wheel design of the original.

Parsko
Parsko
9 months ago

Is that a Hurst shifter??? A modern Hurst Lightning Rod shifter????

Last edited 9 months ago by Parsko
changedmynameasIworkinadealershipandsomeofourbrandsarentgreat
changedmynameasIworkinadealershipandsomeofourbrandsarentgreat
9 months ago

I was really excited about this and part of the company I work for runs an Alfa Romeo dealership (some guy called about “the alfa supercar” months ago and the manager is like, “something like 1.8m euro their all sold out and we probably won’t get them in Australia anyway”) and now I’ve seen it I don’t care. Part of their lead up was AI design generator and I’d say most of the AI designs looked better than this. To my eyes, it’s too fussy, too many small details ruining what would otherwise be a smooth 60s le mans style profile. LED treatment around the headlights and the ‘cut outs’ around the rear tail lights in particular I think make it a hot mess. The seats and the billet alloy controls though look great.

Last edited 9 months ago by changedmynameasIworkinadealershipandsomeofourbrandsarentgreat
AlfaWhiz
AlfaWhiz
9 months ago

I’m all in. Good for Alfa for making this happen. Not many brands left which would pull something like this, 8c or the 4c alongside their “normal” lineup, I think we can all appreciate that.

Last edited 9 months ago by AlfaWhiz
Wolfpack57
Wolfpack57
9 months ago

I like how this looks, but it doesn’t live up to the name. The new De Tomaso executes this concept much better in my opinion.

Myk El
Myk El
9 months ago

I thought then and still do now that the 8C Competizione was art on wheels and I would use illicit means to acquire one if I found a way I would be guaranteed not to be caught. I don’t hate this, but it’s not sex on wheels.

George Millwood
George Millwood
9 months ago

Sumptuous

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