Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale reborn in turbo V6 and all-electric forms

Alfa’s first supercar since the 8C might be more gorgeous still – If a whole lot pricier, too

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An all-new Alfa Romeo supercar has been rumoured and expected for some time now – but we’re not sure anyone expected it to look quite like this.

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Meet the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale, a reincarnation of its Sixties namesake, but a thoroughly modern one. This is no overpriced restomod.

Well, when they’re expected to cost three million euros apiece (so around $5m), perhaps the first part of that statement is up for debate. But all 33 cars have long since sold out, each going to customers hand-selected by Alfa and who have played a crucial role in the design of their car. No two will be the same.

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Old-school or future fast?

There’s a stark choice that each buyer will have made at the very beginning of the process, with two powertrains on offer.

One sees an evolution of Alfa’s twin-turbo V6 – now measuring three litres – driving the rear wheels through an eight-speed twin-clutch paddle shifter.

Power is claimed to be in excess of 460kW, resulting in a top speed of 333 km/h and a 0-100 km/h below three seconds.

With a carbon tub and reasonably minimalist interior, you can expect it to dwell at the lighter end of the supercar spectrum.

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But the other option is to go fully electric!

That version gets you motors at each axle for all-wheel drive and power north of 560kW – yet a claimed WLTP range figure of 450km.

Quite how many 33 Stradale buyers have opted for the silent treatment we’re not yet sure. A brave bunch, for sure, with that sonorous V6 practically singing out from the brochure.

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As well as its carbon chassis, there’s double wishbone suspension front and rear, active damping and carbon-ceramic brakes.

A nose lift makes it a useable road car while launch control ought to bring it yet more to life on track.

Underlining its duality are the obligatory drive modes; Strada saves the V6’s loudest bellow for north of 5000rpm while Pista ramps every response to its max and allows all of the traction control to be deactivated. If you dare, in a $5m masterpiece…

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Beautiful as the body is, it’s also functional.

The headlights double as air intakes, feeding the radiator, while the struts of the wing mirrors act as aerodynamic spoilers, contributing to a 0.375 drag coefficient that’s achieved without a single active aero device.

Inside, the steering wheel eschews all buttons – for added purity – though you do get modern digital dials. The other controls are said to be ‘inspired by aviation,’ and we’re inclined to not harangue Alfa too much for the cliché – just look at those gloriously crafted gear selectors sat delicately in the transmission tunnel.

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There are two interior ‘themes’, with Tributo nodding to the 33 Stradale’s classic past, going all in on leather and aluminium, while Alfa Corse is more track-oriented with a focus on Alcantara and carbon.

Indeed, each and every car has been specced with the help of Alfa’s ‘Bottega’. Confused? Alfa tells us its Bottega team is ‘inspired by Renaissance workshops and 1960s coachbuilders, all of whom created works of art of pure beauty, according to their clients’ requirements.’

As if to underline the gravity of the Bottega’s work, it’s chaired by company CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato. No pressure…

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There are four exclusive liveries to choose from, with plenty of historic motorsport nods along the way, while the lucky 33 buyers can even configure air intakes and badge colourings to their own unique tastes.

The front grille is available in classic or 3D versions, too.

‘We wanted to create something that lived up to our past, to serve the brand and to make the Alfisti fandom proud,’ says Imparato, while offering hope to those of us who didn’t quite make the order book. ‘This is the brand's first custom-built car since 1969, and I promise it won't be the last.’

Exciting times indeed.

Stephen Dobie


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