Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale is the brand’s latest halo sports car

It can be had in both ICE and EV powertrains

In the automotive world, Italians are famed for putting down passion to paper the best. And one glance at the all-new limited-run Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale sports car shall corroborate the same.

The keen-eyed motorsport fans would contest the 33 Stradale not being an all-new model, which it isn’t. This new iteration is a modern-day reinterpretation of the 33 Stradale mid-engine sports car of the late 1960s. While the historic sports car was a road-going derivative of Alfa Romeo’s Tipo 33 race car, the new 33 Stradale shares no such roots with any track-special Alfa. But it could be the blueprint laying the foundations for future race car Alfa Romeos.

Upon pulling out the dihedral doors of the new 33 Stradale, occupants will be greeted by an interior design seemingly inspired by a jet fighter combined with art deco styling. Two interior trims are available – Tributo and Alfa Corse, the former appealing to the leather-loving crowd while the latter caters to the Alcantara admirers. The centre console is an aluminium trim with minimalist old-school physical switchgear for drive modes, launch control, front axle lift settings and the transmission lever. The dashboard is entirely driver-centric, with additional buttons positioned on the roof. The passengers benefit from nothing except large window areas extending to the roof.

Alfa Romeo limits the 33 Stradale’s production capacity to 33 units, all hand-built by famed coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera and all called for already. Apart from the exterior colour and interior upholstery choices, all customers will have to make, they can also decide between equipping their 33 Stradale with an old-school combustion engine or a modern-day electric motor. The engine, a 620hp twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6, gets shared from the Maserati MC20 and its wheelbase. An eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission gets paired with this engine.

The ones opting for a greener powertrain will be provided with a battery-powered electric motor, which Alfa Romeo claims offers more than 750hp and around 380kms of range. While including the battery will significantly increase belly mass on the 33 Stradale, Alfa Romeo claims both powertrains can pull the 0-100kph sprint in less than 3 seconds.

The fitment of modern powertrains and advanced driver assistance systems will ensure this sports car has higher performance thresholds and can be driven much closer to them than its iconic predecessor. But does the new iteration also rank higher in pure aesthetics and beauty against the original 33 Stradale? Comment your views below.

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