Chevrolet is rolling out new variants of the popular Tahoe and Suburban SUVs. Dubbed the Rally Sport Truck (RST) versions, the package will add some additional performance to the Tahoe and give both SUVs a cleaner, sportier look.
News of a performance-oriented Tahoe have been circulating for a long time, so that is the big news here today. The Tahoe RST can be fitted with a performance package that upgrades it to GM’s 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V-8 with 420 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque, mated to GM’s new 10-speed automatic transmission. This is the first time this generation of Tahoe has been fitted with the 6.2-liter, which has primarily been reserved for GMC’s Denali models and the Cadillac Escalade.
The performance bits don’t start there. Chevy is even adding its Magnetic Ride Control suspension, Brembo front brake calipers and a Borla exhaust system to round out what sounds like a decent performance pack. In fact, Chevrolet says the Tahoe RST with the performance pack will go zero to 60 mph in under 6.0 seconds and still tow 8,400 pounds in case you own a boat.
Both RST models have essentially been de-chromed. Instead, everything is body-colored to look more aggressive, while the Chevy bowtie is black as standard equipment (black is optional on most Chevy products).
There’s no word on pricing just yet, but both the Tahoe and Suburban RST will go on sale this fall. It appears with the Tahoe RST at least, GM is effectively making use of its parts bin to craft something reasonably special.