When it comes to the conventional offerings of the Tahoe and Suburban SUV models, Chevrolet enjoys an unprecedented 79 percent customer loyalty rate. But to attract different buyers into the fold, the brand had to get creative. To conquest a younger yet affluent audience, Chevrolet has gone to great lengths in providing a myriad of special truck and SUV variants for their customers. But if there’s been anything that’s been missing, it’s more performance from their full-size, body-on-frame best sellers. To change that, the brand has introduced the first-ever 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Rally Sport Truck, or RST, along with the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Performance Package.
2018 Tahoe RST Package
The 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST delivers various exterior enhancements inspired by current aftermarket trends, including body-color trim work, blackened nameplates and Bowtie logos, and exclusive 22-inch wheels wrapped in Bridgestone P285/45R tires.
The RST package offers two optional features — a set of high-performance front brakes and a Borla exhaust kit, both of which are readily available as official accessories today. Painted in red, the front six-piston Brembo aluminum calipers clamp onto significantly-larger-than-stock 410 mm x 32 mm (16.1 inch x 1.3 inch) Duralife rotors, translating to an 84 percent increase in brake pad area and a 42 percent increase in rotor area to increase system thermal capacity. Chevrolet hasn’t announced the final estimates for braking distance, but we’re sure it’s a significant improvement over models equipped with the stock brake system.
Meanwhile, the dual-tipped Borla performance exhaust system features a offers a 28 percent improvement in exhaust flow for a 7-10-horsepower gain at the rear wheels.
2018 Tahoe Performance Package
The powertrain announcement is significant, because along with the debut of the 10LXX-based 10L80 in the SUV family, Chevrolet is finally offering the 420 horsepower, 460 pound-feet V8 for the Tahoe in some capacity. The 10-speed keeps the gear ratios closely-spaced for optimal acceleration, while also delivering low engine revolutions at highway cruising speeds for optimal fuel economy.
Without getting too official, the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe with the Performance Package is said to bullrush from a standstill to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds, impressive for something that weights around 5,600 pounds.
Cornering grip is enhanced by a performance-calibrated Magnetic Ride system, which is more aggressive than what is currently offered in topped-out Tahoes.
All of these performance enhancements, coupled with an 8,500-lb tow-rating, should help set new records for those summer escapes to the cabin up north. Look for pricing and full specs at a later date, and expect the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST to launch in the fall of 2017.