The Blue Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale Is Real, Although It Doesn’t Seem Like It
Trying to pin down the most beautiful road car ever made is an impossible task. There are those that would give an arm and a leg to at least lay eyes on a 250 GTO and others that have altars in their homes dedicated to the Jaguar E-Type or the Lamborghini Miura.
However, among the cars tossed around in this discussion none is probably more exclusive than Alfa Romeo’s Tipo 33 Stradale. While Ferrari built over 30 250 GTOs in the mid-’60s, fewer than 10 Tipo 33s are believed to exist so to come to the realization that one of them is blue, not red, is akin to realizing that the Sun revolves around the Earth and not the other way around.
Here’s The Mythical Blue Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale After a Full Restoration
Alfa Romeo has built many beautiful cars over the years, but none is more impressive than the 33 Stradale. A breathtaking design with curvy and muscular lines, the 33 Stradale is not just beautiful, but it’s also a full-fledged race car that you can drive on public roads.
Alfa Romeo built just 18 from 1967 to 1969, but two were prototypes and six chassis were converted to concept cars. In all, only 10 actual units were built, which makes the 33 Stradale extremely rare. But this limited series also includes a special unicorn that was painted blue instead of red. And it just resurfaced after a full restoration in time for the company’s 110th anniversary.
A Two-Door Alfa Romeo Giulia GTAm Widebody Would (Almost) Justify the Exorbitant Price
Last week we were taken aback by Alfa Romeo’s decision to price the limited-edition Giulia GTA and GTAm as if they were out-and-out supercars.
This week, we stumbled upon Instagram account @carlifestyle’s 2-door, widebody Alfa Giulia GTAm and in all fairness, it’s this sort of treatment that comes close to demanding such a hefty price tag.
You Could Almost Buy Three Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglios for the Cost of One Giulia GTA
The Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA is the most extreme Giulia the company has ever created, and it will be a somewhat rare offering with only 500 examples built in total, spread between the GTA and GTAm. Alfa has now released pricing for the GTA and GTAm, and let’s just say that you better be willing to put up the house as collateral.
Thankfully, Alfa Romeo Won’t Tarnish the GTA Name By Slapping It On an SUV
Alfa Romeo recently unveiled a higher performance version of the Giulia named the GTA. The iconic nameplate was revived to celebrate the company’s 110th anniversary in 2020. The Italian manufacturer has no plans to use the GTA badge on the Stelvio SUV, despite high demand for performance crossovers these days.
2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA
Alfa Romeo isn’t the first brand you think of when it comes to lightweight performance sedans. But the Italian automaker is looking to flip that narrative with the arrival of the Giulia Quadrifoglio GTA.
Lighter, faster, and more powerful than any version of the Giulia Quadrifoglio, the Giulia GTA — it stands for Gran Turismo Alleggerita or “Grand Touring Lightened” — represents a complete makeover of the Giulia sedan.
Significant changes can be seen in the exterior, interior, and drivetrain departments, so much so that you’d be excused for thinking that Alfa Romeo has lost its marbles and has decided to dive in the deep end of the performance sedan pool. Not that we’re complaining; the Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA has the vibe of a king slayer. It certainly looks like one.
Going Extreme: The Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA and GTAm
Following a couple of decades in disgrace, Alfa Romeo started to bounce back toward better days with cars like the 4C and Giulia Quadrifoglio. Now, the Italian carmaker takes yet another step toward the high-performance realm with the Giulia GTA and Giulia GTAm, two limited-edition sedans that pay tribute to iconic cars from the 1960s. Unveiled at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, both are lighter and more powerful than the Giulia Quadrifoglio, while the GTAm is a road-legal race car with only two seats, lightweight door panels, and room for helmets and racing suits.
Reports Indicate That a 600+ Horsepower Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA is in the Works, Rumors Quickly Denied
A new rumor has surfaced that Alfa Romeo is looking to celebrate its 110th anniversary by introducing a new, limited trim level of the Giulia – namely the Giulia GTA. Reports hint that it will be a track-inspired, road-going beast with as much as 620 horsepower and a considerable increase in torque output compared to the 443 pound-feet delivered by the standard, Ferrari-derived 2.9-liter V-6 in the Giulia Guadrifoglio. It was even said that this model would debut in June of 2020. Unfortunately, this latest rumor doesn’t seem to hold water.
Wallpaper of the Day: 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
Now that FCA has finally killed off the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, it has managed to find its way back into our hearts again. Okay, maybe not, but at the same time, we’re still kind of sad to see it go. We can’t help but wonder if it would have met the same fate had Alfa Romeo actually had the money and desire to even so much as give the 4C a mild facelift or any type of update at al throughout its entire lifespan. It just doesn’t seem like the proper end to a model that reintroduced Alfa Romeo to the U.S. market, now does it?
Of course, with the 4C delivering just 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque and no funds available to make any type of improvement, the 4C became largely obsolete and too expensive (for its capability) to even compete on the market anymore. So, with the 4C officially at the end of its life, we thought what a better way to send it off than to let it live on in our rotation of daily wallpapers. We’ve picked out our favorite and posted it below, but you can slide on down the page to find a rather large gallery with any 4C wallpaper you could ever want or desire.
As FCA Skins Alfa Romeo to the Bones, The 4C Is the First to be Discontinued
The Alfa Romeo 4C was the sports car that marked the Italian company’s return to the U.S. after many years. But, as Alfa Romeo’s sales plummet and FCA starts to cut back, the 4C Spider has been canceled - just like the standard 4C at the end of 2018. Alfa Romeo has already stopped production, so the only 4Cs available as of November 2019 are those left in dealer inventories. So, if you want one, you better hurry up and get it.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Nring Edition’s Link to Racing History
Designed and engineered in only two years as a performance sedan, the Alfa Romeo Giulia QV served as the backbone of Alfa’s modern development. Providing an effective tool against hostile German supersedans, the Giulia QV managed to combine a peerless style, worthy of the Alfa Romeo nameplate, and fabulous driving characteristics brushed under the watchful eye of Ferrari engineers. At a length of 182.6 inches, and weight of 3,360 pounds, it was well endowed with power and ready to take on the best from the rest of the world.
Unfortunately, subsequent electrical issues, transmission problems, and an unresponsive start/stop system cast a shadow of doubt on early reviews of the Giulia QV. Alfa Romeo revisited these issues and solved many of the problems. Best described by its incredible Nürburgring lap time of 7 minutes, 32 seconds (6 seconds quicker than the Porsche Panamera Turbo), the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio NRing Edition further intensifies its racing prowess.
I Configured the 2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio NRing Edition and Saved 9 Grand
Alfa Romeo is celebrating its incredible Nurburgring heritage with the all-new 2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio NRing Edition. Creating a car that pays homage to the most fantastic track in the world isn’t anything new in the car world, but Alfa Romeo probably has more reasons for it than anyone else. Not only did it win the 1935 Grand Prix at the ’Ring in front of the Third Reich officers, but the racing cars based on the 1960’s Giulia sedan, and its numerous versions dominated the Nurburgring track winning 12 times in the ’60s. Thanks to such incredible results, Alfa Romeo revealed the 2019 Giulia Qaudrifoglio NRing Edition - an extremely limited version of the Giulia Quadrifoglio available in the U.S. and Canada.
With subtle and somewhat lackluster additions, the NRing Edition manages to capture the magic of the most famous racetrack in the world in an effort to create an Alfa Romeo myth for the upcoming generations. This is how you make a brand.
2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Nring Edition
Named after two of the most extraordinary stretches of paved surface, the Stelvio QV NRing may present the only vehicle named after a mountain pass and a race track. One would expect to see the incredible supercar hidden behind this name, but the Stelvio QV is an SUV. A mad one at that, and even madder as the super-exclusive NRing Edition. Revealed alongside the aesthetically stunning Giulia QV NRing Edition, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio shares its unique ability to evoke Alfa Romeo Nurburgring achievements not many can match. However strange it may sound, the Alfa Romeo was cool at the Nurburgring before anyone could be cool there. This SUV celebrates that achievement.
1967 - 1969 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
Fast, expensive, rare, and achingly gorgeous - these are the words that describe the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale. Produced in very limited quantities between November of 1967 and March of 1969, the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale is a sports car based on the open-top Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Sports prototype racer, promising all the mechanical good stuff of a track-born competitor, but packaged with the freedom and relative comfort of a street-legal machine. Not to be confused with the four-door Alfa Romeo 33 sedan built between 1983 and 1995, the 33 Stradale follows the time-honored Italian tradition of bringing competition technology to the street, and suffice to say, the end result is epic from every single angle.
You Can Get a Used Alfa Romeo 4C for Dirt Cheap Right Now
It should come as no surprise that we’re huge fans of the Alfa Romeo 4C. Making its formal debut in 2013, the 4C was the first mass-production model Alfa offered to the U.S. market in nearly two decades. And what a comeback - this thing offers low-weight, mid-engine, carbon-intensive thrills, plus jaw-dropping Italian styling, all without the high-entry price of a traditional supercar. Now, according to a recent report from Autotrader, you can find this enthusiast’s wet dream on the used market for criminally low prices.
Check Out This Walkaround of the All-New Almas by Mole Costruzione Artigianale
Mole Costruzione Artigianale’s second public project is called Almas, and it’s a ground-up new super GT car that could not have come from anywhere else but Italy. The design study will be unveiled at the 2019 Geneva motor show where we hope we will learn new things about it as current information is rather limited, to say the least.
Mole Costruzione Artigianale Almas oozes Italian style. It leaves a little tricolored puddle wherever it sits. It’s currently just a design study by Mole, the company that you may remember from its custom Alfa Romeo 4C project called Alfa Romeo Mole Costruzione Artigianale 001.
Unlike that Alfa Romeo 4C-based project, though, the Mole Almas isn’t built on another car’s underpinnings - it’s bespoke GT car with its own platform and this has given designers the freedom to make it look even more extreme. Its exterior design and styling certainly, the work of Umberto Palermo and Paolo Scudieri, make it stand out and the result is quintessentially Italian and very sculptural - it very successfully borrows design elements from classic Alfa Romeo and Maserati models, but everything is neatly integrated and the result is very visually cohesive.
Both its chassis and body are made from carbon fiber in order to keep weight down. We don’t know how much it weighs, or any technical facts for that matter, but we may learn more after it debuts at the 2019 Geneva motor show.