Alfa Romeo‘s new limited-production retro-inspired supercar, the 33 Stradale, can trace some of its roots back to the Maserati MC20, which in turn was originally an Alfa Romeo project.
Speaking with CarExpert, Alfa Romeo head of product Daniel Guzzafame said “it’s not a big secret” the MC20 started out as an Alfa Romeo before becoming a Maserati production model.
“Originally the project started intended for a supercar for Alfa [Romeo], and then it was decided for a shift at the point of the development,” said Mr Guzzafame.
“Within the company that moment was FCA. We had always in mind the possibility that in [the] future Alfa [Romeo] could jump back from that in part, of course, not as a full programmer.
“We are, of course, happy about the possibility.”
Mr Guzzafame explained the new 33 Stradale‘s front and rear suspension are specific to Alfa Romeo, as well as the front H-frame and aluminium frame at the rear.
The body work and silhouette are also specific to the 33 Stradale, according to Mr Guzzafame, and there are “completely different” door opening mechanisms.
The lower portion of the carbon-fibre monocoque, however, is shared with the Maserati MC20.
As recently reported, the new Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale will be available with both internal-combustion (ICE) and battery-electric (BEV) powertrains.
Mr Guzzafame confirmed the final electric powertrain configuration still hasn’t been decided yet, and it will have commonalities with the forthcoming MC20 Folgore.
“We actually have two options [with the BEV] becuase we are developing that with two EDMs on the back,” said Mr Guzzafame referring to a rear-wheel drive option.
For context, the term EDM is an acronym for electric drive module and typically integrates the electric motor, transmission and power electronics into one unit.
“Or two EDMs on the back plus one on the front for an all-wheel drive,” added Mr Guzzafame.
“The overall power will be basically the same because the power will be at the end driven by the battery.”
Alfa Romeo has previously said the 33 Stradale’s all-electric powertrain will produce around 460kW and be paired with a battery pack capable of 450km of range according to WLTP testing.
This engine is mounted longitudinally and situated behind the driver and passenger, just like the MC20’s 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6.
It produces 460kW of power, with drive sent to the rear wheels only through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and an electronic limited-slip differential.
For both powertrains, Alfa Romeo is aiming for the 33 Stradale to have a 0-100km/h sprint time of under 3.0 seconds, and a top speed of 333km/h.
All examples of the 33 Stradale sold out well before it was revealed, and Mr Guzzafame said customers still have a year to decide which powertrain they’re opting for.
Mr Guzzafame added 80 per cent of prospective owners have opted for the twin-turbo V6, though he expects this split to shift more towards 70 per cent when options are finalised.
The 33 Stradale has been revealed exclusively as a two-door fixed-roof supercar, and Mr Guzzafame confirmed there won’t be any other body styles in the future, nor a successor.
“What will not happen is there will not be a number 34 … and there will not be a 33 cabrio, or a 33 roadster, or a 33 whatever,” said Mr Guzzafame.
“The fact is the 33 is the 33. We decided to build 33 and that’s it.”
Alfa Romeo will only produce 33 examples of the 33 Stradale, and Mr Guzzafame said the company expects to produce roughly two-to-three cars per month.
Mr Guzzafame won’t be drawn on how much the 33 Stradale costs, though a report indicates prices start at €3 million (~A$5 million).