2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST Special Edition Amps Up Attitude, Horsepower | Edmunds

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST Special Edition Amps Up Attitude, Horsepower

Chevrolet on Wednesday revealed the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST (Rally Sport Truck) special edition, with a number of model-specific appearance upgrades and the option of the most powerful engine ever offered in the brand's full-size SUV. Chevy also announced that the 2018 Chevrolet Suburban SUV will be offered in an RST edition.

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST

Inspired by aftermarket trends, the RST will be outfitted with a body-colored grille surround and door handles and set off by black trim, badging and Chevrolet bowties. Other exclusive features include unique 22-inch wheels with Bridgestone tires.

The RST, said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Truck marketing director, "is designed for customers who want a street performance look without sacrificing capability or refinement, along with the option of increased performance as well."

The extra grunt arrives courtesy of a new performance package that includes a 6.2-liter V8 that delivers an estimated 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Mated to an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission, the engine can get the Tahoe from 0 to 60 mph in an estimated 5.7 seconds and provide an estimated towing capacity of 8,400 pounds, according to Chevrolet.

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST

Also included in the performance package is Magnetic Ride Control, another first for the Tahoe. This active suspension system acquires road data every millisecond and adjusts the electronically controlled shock absorbers in as few as 5 milliseconds. The system is said to deliver both improved cornering control and a more comfortable ride.

"Customers have been asking for more performance from Tahoe," said Piszar. "This is us delivering what they're asking for."

Pointing out the efficiency of the drivetrain — active fuel management deactivates two engine cylinders when not needed, and the 10-speed transmission adds still more efficiency — Eric Stanczak, chief engineer for Chevrolet full-size trucks, added: "Customers also want fuel economy. Now they don't have to choose between performance and efficiency."

A Chevrolet spokesperson told Edmunds that the 2018 Tahoe and Suburban will begin arriving at dealerships this fall, the Performance Package will be available this coming winter, and pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

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