Alfa Romeo has revived the custom-built 33 Stradale, a striking two-seater coupé limited to just 33 units globally.
To make a dream come true, the essential ingredients are a good dose of courage and a pinch of healthy madness. This was the same recipe used for a car that was considered by many to be among the most beautiful ever: the 33 Stradale, launched in 1967. Now, with the same boldness and vision, Alfa Romeo has designed and developed the new 33 Stradale, an authentic work of art in motion, the upshot of the perfect combination of beauty and technology.
Designed to provide the most exciting driving experience and the immortal charm of an icon to a very small circle of enthusiasts, the new 33 Stradale was created at the newly founded Alfa Romeo “Bottega”, where the brand’s designers, engineers and historians first listened to potential buyers, then produced the car together, just as the original was in the 1960s.
Produced by the Alfa Romeo Centro Stile, the new 33 Stradale is inspired by the historic 1967 model, with enrichments to its sculptural beauty with certain design elements from Alfa Romeo’s new style language. The exterior features a perfect balance between proportions, volumes and processing of the surfaces; stand out features of the front include the iconic shield and the complex forms of the lights with their elliptical base.
The model’s profile is dynamic and slender, with doors with an “elytra” opening and two large air inlets on the side. The body is projected forward, with surfaces modeled according to the criteria typical of Alfa Romeo’s formal expression. In addition, courtesy of the corner opening of the doors and the large wraparound sunroof, the driver can enjoy a unique view, very similar to in the cockpit of an airplane.
The “brutal” rear is balanced by the sinuous front and the maximum height is not at the level of the windshield, as on any other sports car, but in the middle of the roof. In particular, the rear expresses strength with a truncated tail, a V-shaped graphic and round rear light clusters.
The interiors, available in two trim levels “Tributo” and “Alfa Corse”, are also distinguished by minimalism of design and materials. In particular, the cockpit was designed with the purpose of minimising components that could distract the driver, as seen in the limited number of controls on the centre console. Directly ahead of the driver is a display, the 3D “telescope” design of which engages the driver in a first-of-its-kind interaction while the steering wheel, devoid of all its usual buttons, offers an experience of the pure pleasure of driving.
As in an airplane cockpit, the controls are located at different levels, in the low center console and on a higher plane, installed in the central lining on the inside of the roof. The aviation-inspired dashboard and central tunnel employ materials such as aluminum, carbon fiber, leather and Alcantara, while the wraparound seats – upholstered in Poltrona Frau leather – reinterpret those of its forerunner, ensuring comfort and ergonomics.
As you’d imagine, the 33 Stradale offers the driving experience of a track car in a model suitable for everyday use on the road, without compromising on comfort and safety, seen in the double-arm suspension with active shock absorbers, and in the evolution of the 2.9 V6 engine. The new Alfa Romeo special edition can be fitted with a V6 twin-turbo engine delivering over 620 hp or can come in a BEV configuration with over 750 hp; with a top speed of 333 km/h, the 33 Stradale accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in under three seconds, abilities tamed by the Alfa Romeo Brake-By-Wire braking system and Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes.
The new “fuoriserie” (‘custom-build’) will be produced by Carrozzeria Touring Superleggerain just 33 units, via a dedicated program that has enabled customers to develop functional stylistic elements together with the Alfa Romeo development team: air intakes, wheels, and even the distinctive front shield. Therefore, no two cars in the world will ever be identical.
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