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Factfile: Alfa Romeo 33

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Model featured: 1.7 IE 16V

The Alfa Romeo 33 was a compact car built between by Alfa Romeo between 1983 and 1994. The Alfa 33 road car was essentially an evolution of its predecessor, the Alfasud, which was based on the same floorplan, chassis and mechanicals albeit with some minor modifications.. Launched in 1983 as a 5-door hatchback, and a station wagon version (initially badged Giardinetta, later badged SportWagon) was introduced the following year as the same time as a 4×4 version of the hatchback.

The hatchback (Berlina) was styled by the Centro Stile Alfa Romeo, Ermano Cressoni, and station wagon was restyled by Pininfarina. The 33 became renowned for its nimble handling and powerful boxer engines, but also became equally well-known for its unreliable electrics and tendencies to rust (a frequent complaint on Italian cars in general at the time).

During its 11 year lifespan the 33 saw two restyles: a mild one in 1987, when the 1.7 litre engine was introduced and a revised interior, and a much more extensive one in 1990, with a heavily restyled exterior (in line with the new Alfa “family look” established by the flagship 164), a revised interior, and the 1.7 litre engine upgraded to a 137 bhp 16 valve version.

The 33 was discontinued in 1994 and replaced by the Alfa Romeo 145 and 146, which used the same boxer engines but built around an entirely new platform based on the Fiat Tipo.

Performance

  • power: 133bhp
  • top speed: 207km/h | 129mph

Engine

  • capacity: 1712cc
  • cylinders: 4
  • configuration: boxer

Other

  • production dates: 1983-1994
  • total produced: 989, 324
  • variants: 46 models in total