2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Rally Sport Truck (RST)
The 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Rally Sport Truck (RST) Special Edition delivers various exterior enhancements to the Tahoe.
Inspired by aftermarket trends, the Tahoe RST deletes virtually all chrome trim for a street performance appearance. Specifically, the package includes:
- Body-color trim work, including:
- Body-color grille surround
- Body-color door handles
- Black trim pieces, including:
- Gloss-black grille
- Gloss-black mirror caps
- Black roof rails
- Black window trim
- Black nameplate badging
- Black Chevy bowties
- Exclusive 22-inch wheels wrapped in Bridgestone P285/45R 22 tires
Chevrolet says that price and complete details about the Tahoe RST will be released closer to the package’s launch date in the fall of 2017.
The Rally Sport Truck (RST) package is only available on the LT and Premier trim levels.
It goes on sale in the fall of 2017 across North America.
The Tahoe RST offers an optional Borla performance exhaust system with dual tips. The system 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.
Available as option on the Tahoe RST package is the Tahoe Performance Package, which 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
It is important to note that the Performance Package is not included in the Tahoe RST special edition, but is an option on top of the RST package.
The Tahoe Rally Street Truck (RST) was announced in conjunction with the 2018 Tahoe Performance Package at a special media event in Detroit, Michigan on April 6th, 2018.
The 2018 Tahoe’s larger twin — the 2018 Chevy Suburban — also offers the RST package with the same equipment, where it is called the 2018 Chevy Suburban RST. However, the Performance Package offered on the Tahoe is not offered on the 2018 Suburban.