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Jaguar XJ-S Tyres


  • The original Jaguar XJ-S fitted 205/70VR15 tyres, the Dunlop D1 which is no longer manufacture.
  • Jaguar asked Pirelli to produce a tyre specifically for its XJ series luxury cars. The current Pirelli P5 tyres are homologated with a ”J” for Jaguar.
  • Longstone Tyres recommend the 205/70 WR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO™ P5 for early 6 cylinder Jaguars XJS cars.
  • If you desire inner tubes for these tyres we suggest the Michelin 15F Offset Valve inner tube if an inner tube is needed.

Dunlop D1 XJ-S Tyres


Dunlop D1 Jaguar XJS Tyres





XJ-S HE Tyres


  • The V12 version of Jaguar's XJS fitted 215/70VR15 tyres. Again we would recommend the 215/70 WR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO P5.
  • The Michelin 15/17H will be the best fitting inner tube for these tyres if an inner tube is needed.
  • From 1987 Jaguar moved the XJS HE 3.6 and XJS 4.0 onto 235/60 WR 15 Pirelli P600 tyres.
  • Then mid 90's the 4.0L XJS and 6.0L XJS Jaguars offered the option of more modern 16” wheels and 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.

XJR-S Wheels


  • The first 1988 Jaguar XJR-S V12 fitted 235/60R15 Pirelli P600 to the 5.3 litre version with 7.5” wide 15” wheels.
  • After September 1989 the later Jaguar 6.0 XJS-R V12 fitted 225/50-16 front, 245/55R16 rear.
  • Initially with Dunlop D40’s until the late 80’s when they fitted Goodyear Eagle’s. Neither of these tyres are currently manufactured.
  • Currently the best options for the Jaguar XJS-R 6.0 V12 wheels are 225/50YR16 Pirelli P-Zero Directionale front and slightly wider 255/50R16 Pirelli P-Zero Assimetrico.
  • The other option is Michelin also make the Pilot Sport that fit the 8” X 16” XJR-S wheels as they are Ferrari TestaRossa fitment.
  • It is worth noting that the XJR-S wheels were often fitted.

XJS Tyres


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 from a tyre manufacturer. In 1979 The Pirelli P5 tyre was tested by Jaguar and homologated as the tyre for the XJS. Jaguar has again asked Pirelli to reproduce 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 recommended tyre for the Jaguar XJS.

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    Jaguar XJS Recommended Tyres


  1. 205/70WR15 PIRELLI P5
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    205/70 WR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO P5

    Starting at $334.32 $278.60

  2. 215/70WR15 PIRELLI P5
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    215/70 WR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO P5

    Starting at $435.12 $362.60

  3. 235/60WR15 Pirelli P600
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    235/60 WR 15 Pirelli P600

    Starting at $502.32 $418.60

  4. 205/70VR15 Michelin XWX
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    205/70 VR 15 Michelin XWX

    Starting at $485.52 $404.60

  5. 215/70VR15 Michelin XWX
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    215/70 WR 15 Michelin XWX

    Starting at $576.24 $480.20

  6. 225/50YR16 Pirelli P-Zero
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    225/50YR16 Pirelli P-Zero

    Starting at $450.24 $375.20

  7. 255/50 YR 16 Pirelli P-Zero Asimmetrico
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    255/50 YR 16 Pirelli P-Zero Asimmetrico

    Starting at $640.08 $533.40

  8. ER/70R15 Dunlop SP Sport Aquajet
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    ER/70 VR 15 Dunlop SP Sport Aquajet

    Starting at $446.88 $372.40

  9. Michelin 15F Offset Valve Inner Tube
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    Michelin 15F Offset Valve Inner Tube

    Starting at $30.24 $25.20

  10. Michelin 15/17H Offset Valve Inner Tube
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    Michelin 15/17H Offset Valve Inner Tube

    Starting at $43.68 $36.40

  11. Other Options for Jaguar XJS Tyres


  12. 205/70WR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN12
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    205/70 R 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN12

    Starting at $384.72 $320.60

  13. 215/70 WR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN12
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    215/70 WR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN12

    Starting at $502.32 $418.60

  14. 225/65WR15 PIRELLI P5
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    225/65 WR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO P5

    Starting at $346.08 $288.40

  15. 205/70 ZR 15 Pirelli P4000
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    205/70 ZR 15 Pirelli P4000
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  16. 215/70 WR 15 Pirelli Stelvio
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    215/70 WR 15 Pirelli Stelvio

    Starting at $787.92 $656.60

  17. 215/70ZR15 Pirelli P4000
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    215/70ZR15 Pirelli P4000
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  18. 225/65 ZR 15 Pirelli P4000
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    225/65 ZR 15 Pirelli P4000
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  19. 205/70VR15 Avon CR6ZZ
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    205/70 - 15 Avon CR6ZZ

    Starting at $535.92 $446.60

  20. 205/70VR15 Avon CR28
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    205/70-15 Avon CR28

    Starting at $379.68 $316.40

  21. 225/65VR15 Avon CR6ZZ
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    225/65 VR 15 Avon CR6ZZ

    Starting at $586.32 $488.60

  22. 215/70VR15 Avon CR6ZZ
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    215/70 VR 15 Avon CR6ZZ

    Starting at $559.44 $466.20

  23. 235/60 SR 15 B.F.Goodrich Radial T/A
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    235/60 R 15 B.F.Goodrich Radial T/A

    Starting at $245.28 $204.40

  24. 215/70 SR 15 B.F.Goodrich Radial T/A
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    215/70 SR 15 B.F.Goodrich Radial T/A

    Starting at $204.96 $170.80

  25. 215/70VR15 Vredestein Classic
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    215/70 - 15 Vredestein Classic

    Starting at $433.44 $361.20

  26. 205/70VR15 Vredestein Classic
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    205/70 / 15 Vredestein Classic

    Starting at $401.52 $334.60

  27. Set of 4, 2 215/70VR15 Michelin XWX and 2 225/70VR15 Michelin XWX
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    Set of 2 215/70 VR 15 & 2 225/70 VR 15 Michelin XWX

    Starting at $2,268.00 $1,890.00

  28. 225/50YR16 & 255/50 YR 16 Pirelli P-Zero
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    Set of 2 225/50YR16 & 255/50 YR 16 Pirelli P-Zero

    Starting at $2,098.32 $1,748.60

  29. 215/70 R15 PIRELLI CINTURATO P5
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    Set of 4 215/70 R15 PIRELLI CINTURATO P5

    Starting at $1,627.92 $1,356.60

  30. 215/70R15 PIRELLI CINTURATO P5
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    Set of 5 215/70R15 PIRELLI CINTURATO P5

    Starting at $2,031.12 $1,692.60

  31. 205/70 WR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO P5
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    Set of 4 205/70 WR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO P5

    Starting at $1,258.32 $1,048.60

  32. 205/70WR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO P5
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    Set of 5 205/70WR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO P5

    Starting at $1,560.72 $1,300.60

  33. Jeu de 4 215/70WR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN12
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    Set of 4 215/70 R15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN12

    Starting at $1,879.92 $1,566.60

  34. Jeu de 5 215/70WR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN12
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    Set of 5 215/70 R 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN12

    Starting at $2,350.32 $1,958.60

  35. Jeu de 4 205/70WR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN12
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    Set of 4 205/70 R15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN12

    Starting at $1,443.12 $1,202.60

  36. Jeu de 5 205/70WR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN12
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    Set of 5 205/70R15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN12

    Starting at $1,795.92 $1,496.60

  37. Set of 4 225/65WR15 PIRELLI P5
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    Set of 4 225/65 R15 PIRELLI CINTURATO P5

    Starting at $1,291.92 $1,076.60

  38. Set of 5 225/65WR15 PIRELLI P5
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    Set of 5 225/65 R 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO P5

    Starting at $1,611.12 $1,342.60

  39. 225/70VR15 Michelin XWX
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    Set of 4 205/70 VR15 Michelin XWX

    Starting at $1,780.80 $1,484.00

  40. 225/70VR15 Michelin XWX
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    Set of 5 205/70VR15 Michelin XWX

    Starting at $2,184.00 $1,820.00

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Jaguar XJS

Jaguar XJS

History of the Jaguar XJS

The first Jaguar XJS was introduced in 1975. The Jaguar V12 petrol engine provided power, and there was a manual or automatic transmission option, although the manual was quickly discarded.

V12 automobiles were uncommon at the period, with significant exceptions coming from Italian luxury classic sports car manufacturers Lamborghini and Ferrari. The XJS's characteristics were competitive with Italian automobiles; it could accelerate to 60 mph in 8.9 seconds (slow by today's standards, but pretty good for the '70s!) and hit 142 mph.

The initial generation of XJS automobiles were equipped with a Borg-Warner Model 12 automatic transmission with a cast-iron case and a bolt-on bell housing. General Motors Turbo-Hydromatic 400 gearboxes were installed in 1979. The TH400 gearbox has an all-aluminium alloy case with a non-detachable bell-housing incorporated. Jaguar's timing was not ideal, as the car was released in the midst of a fuel crisis, and the market for a 5.3-litre V12 grand tourer was quite limited. The style, notably the "flying buttresses" behind the windows, was highly criticised.

Jaguar made use of advertising possibilities with the television shows The New Avengers and Return of the Saint. Simon Templar was shown driving an early XJS with the licence plate "ST 1" in Return of the Saint. Corgi produced miniature versions, which were well received. A decade and a half ago, when contacted about utilising an Jaguar E-type, Jaguar turned down the creators of the original Saint series, who instead utilised a Volvo P1800.

In response to complaints that the XJS was not a worthy successor to the Jaguar E-type, Pininfarina unveiled the Jaguar XJ Spider, a sporty display vehicle based on XJS mechanicals. Unfortunately, the automobile was never produced.


Jaguar XJ Saloon Tyres


What are the best tyres for an XJS?

Jaguar asked Pirelli to produce the P5 especially 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. Later XJS on wider rims also benefit from fitting the original 235/60VR15 P600 which now qualifies for a higher speed rating so is called 235/60WR15.

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 as it has a proper speed rating and is designed to suit luxury sports cars of the 1970s and 1980. Jaguar made some subtle changes to the XJS making it suited to more modern 235/60VR15 Pirelli P600 tyres towards the end of the 1980s and there isn’t really another 235/60R15 tyre with a suitable speed rating.

Do Pirelli still make the 235/60VR15 P600 for the later XJS?

The Yes the 235/60VR15 Pirelli P600 is still in production. It now qualifies for an improved W speed rating so is currently called 235/60WR15 P600.


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