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Great news Australians! We have the official pricing and specs for the Australian version of the Jaguar XE S.

The Jaguar XE S will be powered by the 250kW/450Nm 3.0-litre supercharged V6 from the F-Type. The engine will be mated to the same 8-speed automatic gearbox that the F-Type has, and claims to have a 0-100 km/h time of 8.1 seconds. One other difference between the standard models and the XE S is the adaptive sport suspension.

And all this for $104,200!

Now let's see how the Jaguar XE S will compete against some of its rivals. It will be directly competing with yet to be released vehicles, like the BMW 340i and the Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG.

The BMW 340i will come with a 240kW/450Nm 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine, and the Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG is powered by a 3.0-litre twin turbo V6 engine that produces 270kW/520Nm.

The XE S is competing about on par in terms of power, but Jaguar is really banking on the XE S standing out because of its ride and handling which should be excellent due to aluminium construction and a sophisticated suspension setup.
 

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I've seen a few reviews making reference to the Jaguar XE's amazing handling and now I can't wait for it to be available in America so I can test it out on every twisty road near me.
 

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I've seen a few reviews making reference to the Jaguar XE's amazing handling and now I can't wait for it to be available in America so I can test it out on every twisty road near me.
That is something i'll want to test for myself in comparison to the BMW 3 series since that's one of its direct rivals. Might be tough to beat BMW.
 

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That is something i'll want to test for myself in comparison to the BMW 3 series since that's one of its direct rivals. Might be tough to beat BMW.
You are right that it's tough to beat, but I have read in several reviews that it does in fact beat the BMW. At the very least it is so close that it is a subjective measure in the end.
 

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I'm pretty sure the Jaguar XE beats the BMW when it comes to handling with it's almost perfect 50:50 weight distribution and amazing suspension.
 

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If that ends up being the consensus in reviews, I wonder what (if anything) BMW will do in response.
 

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It may be too late for them to do much to their 2016 models but maybe BMW will do something with the models after that.
 

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I actually might expect them to just do more of a media push instead of technological changes. They might just try to counter the rhetoric through marketing.
 

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Caradvice aren't Jag fanboys, and this is what they had to say http://www.caradvice.com.au/365574/jaguar-xe-s-review-track-test/


I think based on reviews that for the time being, the XE S has a significant edge. I drove the XE 2.0T and the handling as a daily drive is just awesome. It feels like you are driving a tiny car, I thought much closer to the f type than the XF, but without the f type jarring over the bumps.
 
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