There a few cars left that not only dominate the segment but delineate the formula for success. One such car is the BMW 3 Series, long the segments benchmark, BMW is now being forced to defend the title in a barrage of attacks over the last 24 months.
None more daunting and focused then Jaguars efforts with the XE. Jag packed the XE S with the same 3.0L Supercharged V6 from the F-Type, made copious use of aluminium and focused excruciatingly on steering feel and suspension setup.
You want proof Jag threw the kitchen sink at the XE. Just drop down for a look at the front suspension. The BMW uses a conventional and cost efficient MacPherson strut, while the XE uses a massive space and cost eating double A- arm setup. Double A arms are far preferred for performance applications simply because they gain negative camber through the curves, as the suspension compresses, where as the Mac struts will pull the tire away from the turn rather then staying desirably flat.
Couple that with complaints that the F30 has absolutely lost its legendary steering feel and one begins to wonder if the Ultimate Driving Machine hasn't migrated to London?