Check out the 2018 Chevy Tahoe RST! If you could improve the Chevy Tahoe or the Suburban, what would you do? Some of you probably answered: give it more power and performance, and perhaps make the high performance version more affordable. Chevrolet’s answer is: drop the 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 under the hood of its SUVs, pair it with the new 10-speed automatic transmission, place onto magnetic ride control dampers, add a performance exhaust system, and performance brakes. The result is a RST, which stands for Rally Sport Truck.
This is a recipe for a high performance full-size SUV. In case you are wondering; yes, General Motors co-developed the 10-speed automatic transmission with Ford. Ford is already using it in the 2017 F-150 and Raptor. Chevrolet put the 10-speed to work in the 2018 Camaro ZL1. Now, it’s Tahoe’s turn to get more gears.
The 6.2L V8 remains unchanged. It still produces 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, just like it does in the Chevy Silverado 1500, GMC Yukon, and GMC Sierra 1500. Chevrolet did not stop with the new transmission. The RST package also includes a high-flow exhaust system from Borla and high performance brakes package by Brembo. This SUV should sound and stop just a well as it goes.
Chevrolet estimated 0-60 MPH in under 6.0 seconds, and we do not doubt it.
Tahoe is based on and is closely related to the Chevy Silverado. Is this a preview of what a high-performance Silverado might use? We will have to wait a little longer to find out for sure.
We cannot wait to give the new Tahoe and Suburban is thorough test. We are also very curious of how and when any of these updates will reach GM’s half-ton pickup trucks.
Check out this video from Detroit, as Roman get all the scoop about the RST lineup.