Well after a long wait (my old dealer always promised me, but never could keep his word
), it was finally there: my FIRST SELESPEED TEST DRIVE! .......with Selespeed's Selespeed (it's getting confusing, doesn't it).
I was at the meeting point in time waiting for Hans when I heard one then two then three (if I can recollect well) VERY NICE SOUNDS of a car that is shifting down and applying gas to keep up the revs 'vroeemmmmm vroeemmmmm vroemmmmm'. I looked up and yes....it was Hans's Bella coming to a halt. I smiled BIG TIME
Before I actually drove the car Hans took some very nice digital pictures of my Bella, which can be seen in the thread Mel's Bella.
Then I got the keys and after a very short introduction I got to start the engine. I took off in City-mode and to my surprise when coming to a complete halt, the car didn't crawl when taking your foot of the brakes. I thought wow.....this is FANTASTIC for driving in the City and in traffic (which I do sadely enough a lot.....).
Then Hans demo-ed the shifting down and how the electronics made the revs go 'vroeemmmmmm''vroeemmmmmmm' when the gas is applied to synchronize the revs. That was fantastic!
Then I started to shift with the pedals behind the wheel and all I have to say is that this system is unbelievably user-friendly, comfortable and at the same time very sporty. The gears are changed nice, smoothly and IMHO rather fast. It was also a pleasure taking off at a traffic light, revving to them higher revs and changing gears.....
This was REAL FUN! Although the test drive was at a rather relaxing pace (it had frozen the day before) this didn't occur much, but for the couple of times it did occur, it was GREAT FUN!
Afterwards I only realised even more how easy and relaxing the drive was, because I didn't think ONCE 'What should I do know?'. It all went so unbelievably fluent.......we were chatting all the time during the drive (sorry Hans.....but I just can't shut up you know. It's a pressure valve problem
) everything was so relaxed.....
I guess I'd like a Selespeed MORE than I can imagine.....maybe connected to a GTA-engine
So Johnny_147....there's NOTHING IN THE WAY for a testdrive of YOUR BELLA......is it?
Just kidding mate!
And again Hans, thank you very much for the experience! TOP NOTCH MATE!