DETROIT - Chevrolet revealed a new performance trim for the popular Tahoe full-size SUV this week. The 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST will feature one of GM's most powerful engines, a 6.2-liter V8 rated at 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. This engine utilizes direct fuel injection, active fuel management, and variable valve timing to maximize performance and fuel economy. The RST model also includes a new 10-speed automatic transmission.
Optionally, RST buyers can also order a customized Borla exhaust system that adds up to 10 additional horsepower. A factory-installed big brake kit features larger rotors and 6-piston Brembo front brake calipers. Buyers may also add Chevrolet's magnetic ride control system with special performance tuning, borrowed from the Corvette.
Fully equipped, the Tahoe RST will accelerate from zero to sixty in just 5.7 seconds, and tow up to 8,400 pounds.
"The RST is designed for customers who want a street performance look without sacrificing capability or refinement, along with the option of increased performance as well," said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Truck Marketing Director.
The exterior of the RST is visually distinct from the standard models as well. Inspired by aftermarket trends, Chevrolet has eliminated all chrome trim and replaced it with a body color grille surround and door handles, gloss black grille, and flat black emblems and badging. The Tahoe RST also includes 22-inch wheels.
Pricing and availability has not yet been announced, but the RST package will also be available on the larger Suburban SUV.