With the Italian Grand Prix just days away, there’s perhaps no better time for a new Italian supercar to arrive. After weeks of teasers, the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale has made its debut, complete with a vintage-inspired body by Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera and Maserati-sourced performance hardware.
You will not have a chance to place an order for the 33 Stradale, with the automaker stating in its press release that all 33 examples have already been spoken for. That should come as no surprise, as the supercar revives one of the brand’s most beloved nameplates. Only 18 examples of the original 33 Stradale were built in the late Sixties, serving as the road-going counterpart to the gorgeous Tipo 33 racer. You don’t need to look at the new supercar for very long to get the homage, helped along nicely by the large glass canopy.
The design is surely evocative, but perhaps not the most successful retro take to come out of Turin. If anything, this newest 33 Stradale looks more like a callback to the 2006 Diva concept by Sbarro.
There’s nothing retro going on under the skin, however. The chassis of the 33 Stradale is borrowed directly from the Maserati MC20, as is the 3.0-liter twin-turbo Nettuno V-6 engine. Like with the MC20, that engine produces more than 620 hp and comes backed by an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. That powertrain should allow the 33 Stradale to hit 0-60 mph in less than three seconds, according to Alfa.
The whole affair feels reminiscent of the Alfa 8C from the late Aughts, which borrowed heavily from the Maserati GT of the day.
Not even the 33 Stradale is free from the pressures of electrification, with Alfa Romeo opting to offer customers an electric powertrain option as well. The automaker hasn’t been very open with the specs of the system, but has noted that output of the EV is rated at 750 hp. Range is expected to fall around 240 miles per charge. The pack will also mean the EV variant is around 1000 pounds heavier than the gasser, which tips the scales at around 3300 pounds, according to Car and Driver. Both cars carry a top speed of 206 mph. Alfa Romeo hasn’t announced what the sales split between the two powertrains is at this time. Customers will also have the choice of two different trim levels: Tributo and Alfa Corse.
The interior of the 33 Stradale is quite special, combining themes from vintage racers and fighter jets. There’s a focus on legitimate switchgear, which should help the interior age more gracefully as screens continue to develop. Customers will work directly alongside Alfa during the build process, helping to tailor each car to its specific owner. Production is slated to begin in June 2024, which means we still have some time before we’ll get a chance to see one of these hit the street. That is, assuming they don’t all end up parked next to a slew of other priceless Alfas for all of time.
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