General Motors unveiled the 2023 Chevy Tahoe RST Performance Edition at the 2022 North American International Auto Show earlier this month. The full-size SUV with sporting intentions cradles the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 L87 gasoline engine. Attached to that V8 Small Block are a performance cold air intake and cat-back exhaust. The setup ended up being rated at 433 horsepower and 467 pound-feet of torque, gains of 13 horsepower and 7 pound-feet of torque for some extra pep. That L87 is certainly nothing to sneeze at, but it’s no supercharged LT4.
GM considered dropping the supercharged 6.2L V8 LT4 powerhouse into the engine bay of the Chevy Tahoe, but the automaker ultimately abandoned the idea, sources familiar with the matter told GM Authority.
The Tahoe’s corporate cousin and platform mate, the 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V, does offer the supercharged eight-cylinder LT4, however. Under the hood of the ‘lade, LT4 is rated at a whopping 682 horsepower and 653 pound-feet of torque. Interested customers can expect to shell out at least $149,990 for the high-performance luxury SUV, making it the vehicle with the highest starting price in GM’s current vehicle portfolio.
With that in mind, it’s entirely possible that a high price played a major role in GM’s decision to not offer the LT4 in the Tahoe. Including the supercharged engine, along with the slightly modified exterior and slightly upgraded chassis, could very well have driven the price that potential product, let’s call it the Tahoe SS for now, to over $100,000 starting. At that price point, interested buyers would probably end up turning to the Escalade-V instead. For just $50,000 more in the six figure range, why not opt for a Caddy instead of Chevy?
Instead, GM decided to trot out the Chevy Tahoe RST Performance Edition package, which is quite a bit more affordable than the Escalade-V or a hypothetical Tahoe SS. Specifically, the 2023 Chevy Tahoe RST Performance Edition package adds $8,525 to the price of the “regular” Tahoe RST with four-wheel-drive, meaning this variant costs between $75,000 and $80,000. Production of the Tahoe RST Performance Edition will kick off in the fourth quarter of 2022 at the GM Arlington plant in Texas.