Jaguar XJS Tyres
- The original Jaguar XJS fitted ER/70VR15 Dunlop SP Sport (ER/70VR15 is the same as 205/70VR15 tyres)
- Longstone Tyres recommend 205/70VR15 Michelin XWX or 205/70 WR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN12 for Jaguars early XJS cars
- The V12 version of Jaguars XJS fitted 215/70VR15 tyres. Again we would recommend either the PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN12 or Michelin XWX
- Towards the end of the 80's Jaguar moved the XJS onto 235/60R15 tyres. There isn’t really a 235/60R15 we would recommend, however Pirelli make a 225/65 WR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ P5 which is an OE Jaguar tyre for their XJ40 which would be the best tyre for these cars
- Then mid 90's the XJS Jaguar moved on to more modern tyres that are not currently part of our remit
Recommended Jaguar XJS tyres
Jaguar XJS tyres for a standard car as recommended by Longstone Tyres.
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History of the Jaguar XJS
The first Jaguar XJS appeared in 1975. Power came from the Jaguar V12 petrol engine with a choice of manual or automatic gearbox, but the manual was soon dropped.
V12 cars were unusual at the time, with notable others coming from Italian luxury classic sports car makers Lamborghini and Ferrari. The specifications of the XJS compared well with the Italian cars, it was able to accelerate to 60 mph in 8.9 seconds (slow by todays standard but not bad for the 70's!), and reach 142 mph.
The first series of XJS cars had a Borg-Warner Model 12 automatic gearbox with a cast iron case and a bolt on bell housing. In 1979 General motors Turbo-Hydromatic 400 transmissions were fitted. The TH400 transmission was an all aluminium alloy case with an integrated non detachable bell housing.
Jaguar's timing was not all that good as the car was launched in the wake of a fuel crisis, and the market for a 5.3 litre V12 grand tourer was very small. The styling was also the subject of criticism, including the "flying buttresses" behind the windows.
Jaguar did seize promotional opportunities with the television series The New Avengers and Return of the Saint. Return of the Saint saw Simon Templar driving an early XJS with the number plate "ST 1". Miniature versions were made by Corgi and proved popular. A decade and a half before, Jaguar had turned down the producers of the earlier Saint series when approached about using an Jaguar E-type, the producers had instead used a Volvo P1800.
Responding to criticisms that the XJS was not a worthy Jaguar E-type successor, Pininfarina revealed a sporty show car in 1978 based on XJS mechanicals and called Jaguar XJSpider. The car unfortunately never went into production.