Re: Which is faster: 156 or 147???
I'm a 156 selespeed owner, and I can confirm, the selespeed is slower on take off (slightly), but as most people can't drive to save themselves, I've never lost against another. The 147 is slower by quite a bit, especially when you consider the advantage a manual 147 should have over the selespeed.
The reason I will give is simply this, you pay for what you get. While the engine basically the same, the exhaust system and restrictions placed on the 147, means it just can't keep up. You only need to look at the interiors to see the difference, not to mention the muffler, which has no exhaust tip.
It's the little things that make the difference.