Jaguar XJS Tyres
- The original Jaguar XJS fitted ER/70VR15 Dunlop SP Sport. However Jaguar soon improved the XJS by fitting 205/70R15 Pirelli P5.
- Jaguar asked Pirelli to produce a tyre specifically for its XJ series luxury cars, and the Pirelli P5 tyres homologated with a ”J” for Jaguar.
- Longstone Tyres recommend the 205/70 WR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™P5 for early 6 cylinder Jaguars XJS cars.
- The V12 version of Jaguar's XJS fitted 215/70VR15 tyres. Again we would recommend the PIRELLI 215/70WR15 P5.
- Towards the end of the 80's Jaguar moved the XJS onto 235/60R15 Pirelli P600 tyres.
- Then mid 90's the XJS Jaguar moved on to more modern tyres that are not currently part of our remit.
- Here we have a short story of the testing of the classic Pirelli P5 by Jaguar.
It is worth noting that Jaguar themselves, in the 1970s asked Pirelli to make a specific tyre for their Luxury cars including the XJS. It was the first time a car manufacturer had specified what they want to a tyre manufacturer. In 1979 The Pirelli P5 tyre was tested by Jaguar and homologated as the tyre for the XJS. Jaguar have again asked Pirelli to re produce the P5 tyres again for their luxury cars. Jaguar have again tested the P5 and homologated it with the J. These P5 Pirelli tyres are now the recommend tyre for the Jaguar XJS.
Jaguar XJS Recommended Tyres
Other Options for Jaguar XJS
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 XJ Spider. The car unfortunately never went into production.
Jaguar XJ Saloon Tyres
What are the best tyres for an XJS?
Jaguar asked Pirelli to produce the P5 specially for their luxury cars and homologated the Pirelli P5 with the J. We would strongly suggest that the P5 Pirelli is the best tyre for the early XJS.
What are the cheapest tyres for a Jaguar XJS?
The Pirelli 205/70R15 P5 and the 215/70R15 P5 tyres are extremely good value tyres that are suited to the XJS. There are cheaper tyres in these sizes, however we would suggest that the P5 is well worth the money.