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Chevrolet Crafts Hot-Rod Tahoe, Suburban

Chevrolet Crafts Hot-Rod Tahoe, Suburban

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.

 





 

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  1. member12
    nsaporito
    Valid question here.

    I'm assuming it has to do with production ramp up of the 10L90?


    It's coming.
    ChevyRules
    The Escalade can still get the 10L80( not the same as the ZL1's 10R90), GM just hasn't released 2018 info for it yet. Only 2018 Cadillac the order guide has is the CT6 so far.
    nsaporito
    germeezy1
    Pray tell GM as to why the Escalade still features the 8L90E, and the 10L90E is available in the Tahoe RST?


    Valid question here.

    I'm assuming it has to do with production ramp up of the 10L90?
    carnut
    member12
    If they were adding a new vehicle, we'd have seen spy photos of it back in 2004.


    True, the time frame for things here can seem to take "forever".
    germeezy1
    Pray tell GM as to why the Escalade still features the 8L90E, and the 10L90E is available in the Tahoe RST?
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