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Start your Thursday with a screaming Alfa Romeo

Jeff Glucker December 21, 2017 Cars You Should Know, Hoonivercinema 11 Comments

Not counting you sport bike lovers, is there anyone out there who has driven a car that runs to a 9,800 rpm redline? All of that angry noise is coming from a 1.6-liter engine making 225 horsepower. It’s delivering that power to the front wheels of this Alfa Romeo 33, which is competing in a hill-climb event somewhere in a part of the world that embraces this glorious form of motorsport.

This might be the angriest front-driver we’ve ever heard.

  • Zentropy

    Judging from the swift gear changes, this thing must top out around 75mph.

    • Sjalabais

      Fast’n’furious branded transmission.

      • Alff

        It’s a 12 speed?

        • Troggy

          Or a 6 speed with splitter? Sounds like he didn’t get it above 3rd-and-a-half.
          Those were some close ratios.

  • crank_case

    That’s awesome, Alfa 33s were never a common sight on Irish roads, but you’ve more chance of spotting a restored Alfasud now, an under appreciated classic.

  • It’s not 9800 and the factory exhaust doesn’t have that aggressive bark, but winding the RSX to its 8000 redline is intoxicating. At 6000, about when I felt like it was time to shift my other cars, the vtec cross over happens and it nudges you in the backside again and pulls right on up to the rev limiter just past 8000. It’s glorious. I can’t imagine what 9800 would be like.

  • Tiller188

    Angriest front-driver? I dunno, I heard some pretty darn angry Civics around the height of the “import tuning” craze. I suspect a lot of that was impotent rage at what their owners had turned them into, poor things.

  • outback_ute

    Yes but I only revved to about 8500. No redline on the tach though and it has gone past the end. Redoing the fan switch label is on the list but not near the top!

  • Troggy

    I’ve driven a Ferrari F360 at 8700rpm and an F430 – not sure where it was redlined or how hard I revved it either – it was the first LHD car I’d ever driven and my mind was concentrating on not running it off the road.
    The trouble with crazy redlines is that you get many chances to use them off a track. The F360 especially was a minor pain on public roads – nothing much happened under 4000rpm, then all hell broke loose. It couldn’t be driven with any discretion whatsoever. And I loved it.
    The bike is redlined at 12,000rpm. Pulling 0-140km/h without a single gear change and an engine that just keeps delivering more power the higher the revs get is one of the greatest riding pleasures a person can experience.

    • outback_ute

      The car I referred to above would barely pull below 3000, being just over 1000cc, then it comes on cam and the real power is above 7-8000. This isn’t too much of an impediment on the road because it has a close-ratio 4-speed with 100km/h at 5000 rpm in top. Can be driven in normal traffic, although it doesn’t really do slow traffic.