2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Performance Package
The 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe introduces a new Performance Package that creates the sportiest-available Tahoe variant.
The Tahoe Performance Package includes three primary components:
- 6.2L V-8 L86 engine making 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque
- Hydra-Matic 10L80 10-speed automatic transmission
- Magnetic Ride Control suspension with performance calibration
“When you want to hustle, it is incredibly fast, with significantly higher levels of acceleration, braking and road-holding grip,” said Eric Stanczak, chief engineer for Chevrolet full-size trucks, speaking about the Tahoe Performance Package. “When you want to relax, it is very refined, with exceptional ride comfort and interior quietness.”
The 2018 Tahoe RST is powered by GM’s mighty 6.2L L86 V8 engine mated to GM’s new 10L90 10-speed automatic transmission. The combination produces 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Having made its debut in the 2017 Camaro ZL1, the transmission features smaller steps between each ratio, maximizing engine power under acceleration. A wide 7.39 overall gear ratio spread and a lower numerical top gear ratio, the transmission also improves efficiency by reducing engine revolutions at highway speeds.
Chevrolet estimates the the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST will accomplish the 0-60 mph sprint in just 5.7 seconds, which is highly impressive for a full-size SUV that weights around 5,600 pounds.
The motor breathes out through a twin-tipped Borla exhaust system, which has been available as an official performance accessory.
Not just another straight-line hotrod, the 2018 Chevy Tahoe RST features suspension and brake upgrades.
The Magnetic Ride Control suspension features a special, performance-calibrated tune that’s more aggressive than what is currently offered in range-topping Tahoes.
The Performance Package enables the Tahoe the following performance attributes:
- 0-60 mph sprint: 5.7 seconds
- Towing rating: 8,500 pounds
- Improved handling
The Performance Package can only be ordered with the Tahoe Rally Sport Truck (RST) package and is only available on the LT and Premier trim levels.
It goes on sale in the fall of 2017 across North America.
We will update this page when the 2018 Tahoe Performance Pack price is announced.
The Tahoe RST offers an optional Borla performance exhaust system that offers a 28 percent improvement in exhaust flow, for a 7-10-horsepower gain at the rear wheels.
The Tahoe RST offers an optional brake package that includes Brembo six-piston, fixed aluminum calipers that bite down onto large 410 mm x 32 mm (16.1 inch x 1.3 inch) Duralife rotors. The setup results in an 84 percent increase in brake pad area and a 42 percent increase in rotor area, increasing system thermal capacity. Duralife rotors feature a hardened surface to reduce corrosion and provide quieter braking with less vibration.
Chevrolet has yet to announce final estimates for braking distance, but the hardware hints at significant improvements over lesser Tahoes.
The Tahoe Performance Package was announced in conjunction with the Tahoe RST at a special media event in Detroit, Michigan on April 6th, 2018.