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Tuesday 22 August 2017
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2018 Tahoe, Suburban Rally Sport Truck Special Editions

2018 Tahoe, Suburban Rally Sport Truck Special Editions

Chevrolet is cranking things up a notch on the 2018 Tahoe and Suburban models. Both SUVs will be offered with a new special edition Rally Sport Truck trim come this fall.

The RST package turns these everyday family haulers into more performance-minded, sportier-looking SUVS. Inspired by aftermarket trends, the RST goes for a blacked-out look and ditches the traditional chrome in favor of shiny gloss black, to give it more street cred. Meanwhile, the grille surround, headlight trim and door handles go body color.

Now let’s talk performance.  The big news is that the Tahoe is now available with an engine once only reserved for the GMC Acadia Denali and Cadillac Escalade. That’s GM’s 6.2-liter V8.  It bumps up horsepower a hefty amount over the current V8’s 355-ponies.

The new to the Tahoe engine comes with the add-on RST-exclusive Performance Package. It also adds Magnetic Ride Control with performance calibration and new 10-speed automatic transmission. Yes. The higher number of speeds means smaller jumps between gears for smoother, and faster, acceleration. What this adds up to is a super Tahoe with 420-horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. And a sweet 0-60 mph time just under 6-seconds.

The new-to-the-Tahoe engine is part of an add-on RST-exclusive Performance Package. It also adds Magnetic Ride Control with performance calibration and new 10-speed automatic transmission.  The higher number of speeds means smaller jumps between gears for smoother, and faster, acceleration. What this adds up to is a super Tahoe with 420-horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. And a sweet 0-60 mph time just under 6-seconds.

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If you want even more power, you can also select a variety of RST performance boosters. Starting with the Borla performance exhaust system. It makes the exhaust flow 28 percent more efficient and the rear wheels 7- to 10-horses more powerful.

Add red Brembo brakes for 84 percent larger brake pads over a 42 percent bigger rotor area. This makes braking smoother, quieter, and faster.

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST Borla dual exhaust

If you’re the family camping type, as I spent my whole childhood, the Tahoe is more than capable of handling a trailer like its truck counterpart. If offers a hefty 8,400-pound tow capacity with the performance package.

The RST trim will officially debut next week at the New York Auto Show. It will then go on sale later this year.

Photo Credit: Chevrolet