Read some interesting comments looking through past post regarding uniqueness of Selespeed.
Anyone driven a Smart? I own one and the transmission is exactly the same as Selespeed. I couldnt believe how identical it was when I test drove the 147. The central 'gear'lever operates exactly as the Smart with everything in the same position. Its a semi auto sequential gearbox with auto clutch. It too can be operated manually or in 'City' mode which they call 'Soft Touch'. The throttle is also 'fly by wire' and you have to depress the brake to start the engine or engage gear.
The Smart has 6 gears though and there is also a steering wheel 'paddle' option.
In operation the Smart sometimes forgets which gear its in and pauses for half an hour or so whilst it makes up its mind which gear to select. can be annoying when approaching roundabouts.
Only other thing I noticed about the 147. It seems to have a little more power than the Smarts 599cc engine.
Smartowners in the UK also have a stunning Forum come owners club. If your interested the address is as follows:
My wife had a smart and passion till last year so I know what you're talking about. It was a really nice car and we enjoyed it a lot.
The weirdest thing is that the smart isn't really a 6 speed but in fact it is a 3 speed gearbox which can be compared a bit to an off roader: it has an extra wheel in the gearbox (from 1 to 6 is actually 1 low - 2 low - 3 low - 1 high - 2 high - 3 high).
And if anyone of the alfisti think shifting with the selespeed transmission is slow, testdrive a smart and you'll find the selespeed transmission
very, very quick.
Don't you guys find it a bit strange that Alfisti seem to share the same interests, apart from their love for Alfa ?
The majority of us like cats more than dogs,we seem to find Smarts nifty little buggers, in general, we don't like over-modified cars (Johnny-cars we like to call them over here )...
Must be a "good taste" thing.
And BTW, yes it's Friday again !!
<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Rapallo:
<strong>Does the Smart have a Torque Converter?</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Blimey,those Smarts would really live up to their name if they came with a built in translation device,wouldn`t they?
I have a smart - cabrio - did the London to Brighton run the other week, 700 cars turned up at Alexandra Palace - it was an amazing day out.The gear shift is not as smooth, not as reliable and not as clever as Selespeed. The new ones have paddles and it makes little difference except you can keep your hands on the wheel. The BMW vabrio I borrowed the other day had paddles and it was no better in shift than the Selespeed. 147 Selespeed is good, takes some getting used to, but it is good.