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Alfa Romeo 33
Alfa Romeo
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Production 1983-1995
Class Small family car
Body Style 5 Door Hatchback / 5 Door Station Wagon
Length 4,075 mm (160.4 in)
Width 1,613 mm (63.5 in)
Height 1,350 mm (53.1 in)
Wheelbase 2,455 mm (96.7 in)
Weight 890–1,070 kg (2,000–2,400 lb)
Transmission 5-Speed Manual
Engine Flat-4
Power 95 bhp (1986 1.3 S trim)
Similar
Designer Ermanno Cressoni

The Alfa Romeo 33 is a small family car producerd by the Italian automaker Alfa Romeo between 1983 and 1994. It was essentially an evolution of its predecessor, the Alfasud, which was based on the same floorplan, chassis and mechanicals albeit with some minor modifications. 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.

It is not related to the Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 series of race cars of the 1960s and 1970s.

OverviewEdit

The 5-door hatchback version was launched in 1983, and a station wagon version (initially badged Giardinetta, later badged SportWagon) was introduced the following year as the same time as a four-wheel drive version of the hatchback. The hatchback was styled by the Centro Stile Alfa Romeo, Ermano Cressoni, while the station wagon was designed 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).

The 33 has a unique place in Alfa Romeo history - Nearly 1 million of these cars were produced internationally, and it is probably the most common Alfa Romeos to be found on the roads.

FaceliftsEdit

During its 11 year lifespan the 33 saw two restyles; In consequence Alfisti tend to label each styling trend of the 33 after the flagship vehicle produced by Alfa Romeo at that time.

The First 33's are sometimes referred to as 'Alfa 90' 33s, as they most resemble that car. Further re-styles were to follow: a mild one in 1987, when the 1.7 litre engine was introduced and a revised interior; these are known as 'Alfa 75' 33s. Later followed a much more extensive facelift in 1990, with a revised interior, the 1.7 litre engine upgraded to a 137 bhp 16 valve version, and a heavily restyled exterior, in line with the new Alfa "family look" established by the flagship 164. The last 33s are known as either 'Nuova' or '164' 33s for their resemblance to that model. These models are particularly prized by Alfisti for their performance and sophistication. Late production 33s also do not suffer from the rust problems of their ancestors, as their frames are galvanized in the manner Alfa introduced with the 164.

EnginesEdit

Single carburettor enginesEdit

  • 1.3, Boxer Twin weber 36 - 79 bhp
  • 1.5, Boxer Twin weber 36 - 85 bhp

Twin carburettor enginesEdit

  • 1.5 Boxer twin weber 40 or Dell Orto DRLA40 105 hp
  • 1.7 Boxer twin weber 40 or Dell Orto DRLA40 117 hp

Fuel injection enginesEdit

  • 1.4 88 bhp (some markets under 1.3 logo)
  • 1.5 97 bhp
  • 1.7 107 bhp (IE)
  • 1.7 16v 137 - 132 bhp (QV)
  • 1.8 TD 83 hp (3 Cyl)


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The Fiat Group


Abarth | Alfa Romeo | Autobianchi | Fiat | Lancia | Innocenti | Maserati | Iveco | Chrysler | Dodge | Ram | Jeep


Prewar: 6C · 8C 2900

1950-1960: 1900 · AR 51 · 1900C Disco Volante · Giulietta · Giulietta Sprint Speciale · 2000

1960-1970: Giulia · Super 1600 · TI · TZ · TZ2 · GTA · Sprint GT (Veloce) · 2600 · Spider · 33 Stradale · 1750

1970-1985: Montreal · Alfasud · Alfetta · Sprint · Alfa 6

1985-1995: GTV · GTV6 · Arna · 33 · 90 · 75 · 164

1995-2000: SZ · GTV · Spider · 145 · 146 · 155 · 156 · 156 GTA

2000-2010:147 · 147 GTA · 8C Competizione · 8C Spider

Current Vehicles: GT · 159 · 159 GTA · Brera · Spider · 166 · Mi.To · Giulietta

Concept Vehicles: B.A.T. Cars · B.A.T. 5 · B.A.T. 7 · B.A.T. 9 · B.A.T. 11 · Nuvola Concept · Carabo Concept · P33 Roadster Concept · 33 Prototipo Speciale Concept · Iguana Concept · 33 Spider Cuneo Concept · Navajo Concept · Disco Volante 2005 Concept · Vola Concept · Schighera Concept · Mi.To GTA Concept · Diva Concept · 2uettottanta Concept · Pandion Concept · TZ3 Corsa Concept · 4C

Racing Vehicles:164 Procar


Nicola Romeo · Enzo Ferrari · A.L.F.A. · Alfa Romeo in motorsport


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