Sorry mate, I just don't get your logic,
You start off talking about wanting a well balanced car.
Ignore all of the crash protection, electronic aids etc., the one things RWD cars have naturally is better balance.
yeah, like the Morris Marina or the new Ford Mustang
The balance of a car doesn't depend on the RWD: have you ever driven a Peugeot 205 GTI? The power output, the gearbox, the suspensions and wheels setup, the grip, the steering, weight distribution, power/weight ratio.. these are the factors that make a car balanced.
Using a mini vs a new M3 as a justification as to why RWD is for "daddy's cars" is a flawed arguement. You could just as easily compare a Mk1 Escort vs your Alfa and conclude that FWD is for "daddy's cars".
Whether alleged "sporty saloons" are meany partly to satisfy our drivers egos is maybe irrellevant - if it feels nicer drive then that's moving towards your ideal of a well balanced car
my example was to explain that you dont need an exasperated car as the M3 to have an enjoyable driving experience, even a little old Mini Cooper can offer a fantastic driving experience without all of the gizmos the M3 has, and that's because it's a well balanced car.
Nowadays the approach to car making is more like reaching preset numbers to achieve results, no matter how: the majority of the latest generation cars rely heavily on electronics to mantain stability, this means that they're not well made cars, because the mentality is "to keep stability we're gonna use the electronics".
A 60s and 70s Porsche, a Ferrari 208 GTO, a Mini Cooper, a Peugeot 205 GTI, a Citroen 2CV(!!!), all greatly designed and well balanced cars!
Mercs and BMWs spin in winter. Of course, no other cars skid in winter do they?
skidding is one thing, spinning is another business...
Why putting an extra risk for the sake of having RWD? Better turning you say? Stick to the speed limits and a FWD will turn as good as a RWD.. Saloons are big comfy cars, and that's the way they must be.
How often do you see people spinning their cars on the way to school? IMHO the effect of RWD vs FWD on how likely you are to have a crash is negligable compared to all the other reasons
unfortunately statistics don't agree with you. One of the cost parameters inserted by all the insurance companies in the last years is whether the car is a FWD, RWD or 4WD: guess which one is the most expensive..
You don't need to be drifting to feel the steering benefit of RWD. You can feel it in a Transit van with 100BHP!
Im not saying that the steering is not better, my point is that it's not necessary on a saloon.