The Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban Rally Sport Truck models made their debut last year, but thus far, the real performance goodies could only be had with the Tahoe RST. Now, Chevrolet is adding the performance package to the Suburban RST—and it gets a 6.2-liter V8 engine.
Chevy announced on Friday that the Suburban RST performance package will mirror the Tahoe RST’s performance package after amplified customer demand for such SUVs. The Suburban will trade its 5.3-liter V8 engine for the aforementioned 6.2-liter V8 with 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. The former makes 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque.
The new engine pairs with GM’s 10-speed automatic transmission, which provides shorter steps between gears to maximize performance during acceleration. The wider 7.39 overall gear ratio also helps manage fuel consumption along with Active Fuel Management.
Magnetic Ride Control and a host of exterior upgrades also come standard with the Suburban RST’s performance package. However, extra goodies will be optional. They include a Brembo performance brake kit with red calipers and a Borla exhaust system. The exhaust improves flow by 28 percent for enhanced performance and decreased fuel consumption, per Borla. The aftermarket company will also handle any warranty claims for the exhaust, not GM.
The exterior is identical to the regular Suburban RST. Body-color accents flood the SUV, while chrome goes away in favor of blacked-out pieces. The grille, Chevy badges and window trim all wear a gloss-black look.
Pricing is not available for the 2019 Suburban RST performance package, but expect to see the SUV on sale this summer.