2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: New Tires
October 20, 2014
All good things come to an end. So is the case with the stock Pirelli P Zero tires on our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. The first question we asked ourselves was, do we stick with the OE Pirellis or do we try another brand of tire on the F-Type? We wanted to try something new, but it wasn't that easy.
Our first stop was Tire Rack. A quick search pulled up three options:
- Pirelli P Zero
- Continental ContiForceContact
- Michelin Pilot Super Sport
We glazed over the Pirellis and focused on the Continentals. These are considered a "streetable" track tire. Basically, this is the set you install at home, drive to the track and drive home. Then you put the everyday summer tires back on. They aren't made for extreme wet, standing puddles or near-freezing temps. This was not the tire for our daily driver.
Next we looked at the Michelins. We turned over a lot of stones, including calls to Tire Rack, numerous Michelin retail outlets and sources of ours behind the scenes. No luck. Had we burned through the tires three months from now, the Michelins might be an option. At this time they are on national backorder, or as we learned, still in production.
A deeper search turned up some Dunlops with potential. The SP Sport Maxx GT came in the proper size, but the speed ratings were off. We needed Ys to mirror the stock tires. The fronts were Y-rated but the rears were only Z-rated.
Those P Zeros looked more attractive now. The factory rubber hadn't done anything to deserve our wandering eye. We just wanted something fresh, and ultimately we got it. A local shop ordered us a new set of the OE Pirellis, our only option. It took a full day to acquire the tires and cost $1,769.97, but now they are mounted and we're headed home.
Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 9,576 miles