Today, the automotive industry is competitive like never before. Automakers are spending a huge amount of resources and time to beat their rivals. One of the current trends in the industry is to hook up standard models with performance features. Today, many of the previously laid-back sedans and wagons have been hooked up with performance versions inspired by coupes. As these models move towards the performance direction, crossovers seem to have perfected the “performance art”. Not to be left behind, SUVs have now joined the “performance” bandwagon. Luxury and space in SUVs seem to no longer excite enthusiasts who are mostly interested in speed. This is the reason why Chevrolet decided to hook up its “big lads” i.e. Chevrolet Suburban and Chevrolet Tahoe with an RST (Rally Street Truck) package. This package features exterior and mechanical upgrades; it does not involve any interior upgrades. The package is offered on Premier and LT trims of the standard Tahoe and Suburban SUVs. This article focuses on the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST. GM says many customers have been asking for these upgrades hence the decision to offer the package.
2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST Visual upgrades
The 2018 Tahoe RST features a number of exterior upgrades. To start with, the grille is body-colored, a feature continued on the door handles. The roof rails, name script, window trim and logos have also been blacked out. The Tahoe RST rides on huge 22-inch wheels wrapped in Dueler H/La Alenza all-season performance tires. Most of the body’s chrome trim has also been replaced with a blacked out trim. As said earlier, the RST package is just an exterior and mechanical package with no interior upgrades. As such, the Tahoe continues with the design in standard models depending on the trim chosen (LT or Premier).
The RST is just an appearance package. However, to back up the sportiness of the exterior upgrades, GM has hooked up the model with an array of performance offered as options. In standard form, the RST models will be still powered by the 5.3 L, V-8 mill that produces 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. The performance package adds Brembo brakes with 6-piston front calipers and bigger Duralife rotors that enhance the model’s stopping power. There is also an option for a Borla exhaust system. This system adds 10 hp to the RWD models hooked up with the 5.3 L, mill.
That is not all; the most exciting news is the addition of an optional, more powerful mill. The new 6.2 L, V-8 produces 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. You won’t believe it but the engine powers the Tahoe to accelerate from 0-60 mph in an amazing 5.7 seconds. The Tahoe RST can tow as much as 8400 pounds when it is fully equipped. In addition, the engine is offered with a 10-speed automatic gearbox. RWD is standard like on the base mill while AWD is optional. This package also features Magnetic Ride Control and adaptive suspension tuned to deliver sportier performance characteristics.
Price and release date
GM is yet to announce the amount of money buyers need to acquire the RST package and other performance upgrades. This information will be availed close to the model’s release date, sometimes this fall.