Tires definitely makes a difference in a vehicle’s performance and the 2017 Jaguar XE 35t sports sedan is no exception. It may be powered by a 340hp supercharged V-6 engine, but Car And Driver editor Erik Johnson found a discernible difference when the XE 35t was equipped with a set of Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season tires instead of the Pirelli P Zero performance rubbers.
First are the hard numbers. On track the tested AWD XE accelerated from 0-60mph in 5.1 seconds and 100 in 12.3 seconds, which is slower than the P Zero version by 0.3 and 0.4 seconds respectively. Another area where the all seasons lost was in cornering grip as it was reduced to 0.87 g from the performance tires’ 0.93 g. Where the difference in numbers appeared was in braking as the all-seasons needed 170 feet to stop from 70 mph, which is a whole 23 feet more than the 147 feet a XE with P Zeros need.
Aside from the numbers, Johnson found the all-season response to be dull and the vehicle’s mass was lolling a bit around corners. At least the steering feel remains largely unchanged.
If you want to wring out every drop of performance out of the Jaguar XE 35t, then the Pirelli P Zero tires seems to be the way to go.