Alfa Romeo presents the 33 Stradale
Alfa Romeo has presented its first purely electric model. However, it will only be built in a small series. The new Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale sports car now presented is a homage to the 1960s coupé of the same name and is offered either as a combustion engine or with purely electric drive.
The electric car offers a system output of 552 kW, which is transmitted to all four wheels. Alfa Romeo specifies a range of around 450 kilometres and a top speed of 333 km/h. The new Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale needs less than three seconds to accelerate from a standstill to 100 km/h. However, the Italian company has still not given details about the battery and the charging system. Nor does it mention how the battery was integrated into the H-shaped aluminium frame of the vehicle. Alfa Romeo also leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to the drive system: It is an electric all-wheel drive – whether this will be realised with two, three or four motors is not clear from the announcement.
Only 33 examples of the model will be hand-built, and they are already sold out. The press release does not mention how many of the 33 examples will be built with electric drive and how many of the customers have opted for the V6 biturbo.
The fact that the vehicle is already sold out before its premiere also has to do with its genesis. In the run-up, Alfa Romeo had founded a new department called ‘Bottega’. Its task, according to the press release, is to “collect ideas and wishes of potential buyers in order to subsequently realise as many of them as possible in an exclusive automobile”.
It is also worth mentioning the speed with which the project was implemented. The first meeting with potential customers took place during the Formula 1 race in Italy in September 2022. There, the interested parties had the opportunity to express their wishes for their personal Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale. Valtteri Bottas, racing driver in the Formula 1 team sponsored by Alfa Romeo, was also closely involved in the tuning work around the chassis.
The small series of the 33 Stradale is a preview of the brand’s electric future: two years ago, the parent company Stellantis announced that Alfa Romeo would become an all-electric car brand from 2027. In 2024, the Italian brand is rumoured to launch an electric car as an offshoot of the Jeep Avenger, initially under the model name Brennero. Purely electric successors to the Stelvio and Giulia models are also planned.