Well today the 29th September 2003 I drove my first Selespeed.
The car was a 156 JTS.
I initially drove in city mode.
Under normal acceleration the car exhibited a see-saw action when changing gears.
If I was to try and replicate such bad gear changes in a manual car then I would have to rapidly remove my foot off the throttle before pushing in the clutch.
I would be emarassed driving such a car with other passengers as it would refect on me and imply I was a bad driver.
On harder acceleration the car did improve but still a driver of a manual car changing gears in such a manner would be considered a bad driver IMHO.
Using manual selection ie not in city mode was much better.
However I am really glad I did not buy a Selespeed as most of my driving is in the city and I get more pleasure and control with a manual gearbox than with the Selespeed.
Whether I manually changed or used city mode the car reminded me too much of an automatic.
I suspect that on a race track or pushing the car hard the Selespeed would be the way to go.
However 99% of my driving (about 24,000 kms/year) is in situations where I believe a manual is better.
When my driving skills reduce to the standard of a Selespeed ,presumably due to old age, then I will be happy to own one eek!