I bought the Alfa because I wanted something different to the mainstream stuff, the selespeed just added that bit more.
Just coming upto the first service and its never missed a beat.
It takes a couple of weeks to get used to and a few months to have it totaly mastered. I don't often use city mode, its best only used when you need you hands for something else. wink eek!
Apart from being able build the revs up off the line I would say the selespeed feels quicker than the manual through the gears. 0-60 times are the same though and your less likely to fluff a start with the selespeed, just feels less frantic than the manual from the line.
Blasting down B roads is a complete joy and all your down changes are perfect with a blipped throttle.
Normal gearchanges take just over a second which is faster than most people make standard changes, it just feels longer as you are not doing anything other than waiting. In fast mode it changes in 300 to 400 milliseconds which is faster than anyone I know can lift the power, operate the clutch, change gear, operate clutch then re-apply the power.
Actual in gear performance should be no different as the selespeed is a normal 2.0ts gearbox and clutch with actuators and doesn't suffer from losses like a standard Auto.
I would have another selespeed given he choice.