Both literally and conceptually, the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale is a vehicle with two functions. An all-electric drivetrain or a twin-turbocharged V6 engine are both options for the highly uncommon supercar. That is the literal part, which represents two very distinct performance philosophies. But it also means that for Alfa Romeo, the 33 Stradale heralds the end of one era and the start of another.
When we spoke with Larry Dominique, senior VP and head of Alfa Romeo’s North American operations, we learned a little bit more about the dual nature of the stunning new supercar. Yes, it pays homage to the iconic 33 Stradale from the late 1960s, and the 33-car production run was completely consumed before the car’s August 30 introduction. But the idea from the start was to create an iconic Alfa Romeo that honors the past while paving the way for the company’s future.
Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
“This is one of the reasons why we wanted to offer both powertrains on the 33 project,” explained Dominique. “It’s an opportunity to showcase the fact that we, as Alfa Romeo, can make an Alfa Romeo first and foremost regardless of the powertrain. We’re going to be able to deliver Alfa DNA, Alfa experience, regardless of the drivetrain definition. What does that mean? For us, it’s Italian, it’s sporty, it’s Rosso. So as long as the vehicle delivers on being an Alfa Romeo first, the powertrain in some ways is secondary.”
Dominique informs us that out of the 33 customers, the V6 was preferred over the electric engine by a wide margin. He did not provide a breakdown but stated that “just a few” EVs are currently in development. Additionally, he disclosed that production is anticipated to begin on June 24, 2024, which also happens to be Alfa Romeo’s 114th anniversary. Customers still have time to change their minds about whether they want the first EV or the final combustion-powered Alfa supercar.
Should more consumers choose electric propulsion, they will propel into the future with over 750 horsepower from an unspecified engine configuration. A twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with over 620 hp will be available for those who choose to end the combustion era, powering the rear wheels through a ZF eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. Regardless of the motivation, Alfa Romeo says the 33 Stradale will reach 60 mph in under three seconds and top out over 200 mph.