$90,890 ($57,395 for a Tahoe LTZ and $33,495 for the SLP 700hp Sport package)
Options on test vehicle
GM Options: White Diamond Tricoat ($995); Sun, Entertainment & Destinations Package ($1,985 -- includes 12 total months of SiriusXM Radio with NavTraffic real-time traffic updates, tilt-sliding power sunroof with express-open and close and wind deflector, rear-seat DVD player with remote control, overhead 8-inch display, two sets of two-channel wireless infrared headphones and auxiliary audio/video input jacks on rear of center console); Heavy Duty Trailering Package ($230 -- includes auxiliary external transmission oil cooler, engine oil cooler, 3.42 rear axle ratio); SLP Options: SLP Single Side Dual Tip Exhaust Assembly ($295); Two-Inch Lowering Sport Suspension Package ($1,595); Brembo GT 15-Inch Front Brake Package ($5,995); Lower Side Body Cladding ($1,195); SLP 22-Inch 12-Spoke Chrome Finish Wheels ($2,695); Michelin Latitude Tour HP 295/40R22 tires ($2,695)
Supercharged, port-injected V8
Pushrod, two valves per cylinder
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
701 @ 5,900
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
678 @ 5,170
Six-speed automatic and column shifter with shifter-mounted button and Manual mode
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
Absolutely zero possibility of wheelspin (with Trac on/off in either RWD or auto 4WD) means there's little I can do to affect the outcome of each run. Minimal time gained with pedal overlap. Acceleration was shocking; almost inconceivable in a vehicle this size, but OMG does it sound dreadful -- the most awful, ear-piercing, shrieking vacuum ever. Upshifts were smooth and quick ( no redline indicated). It will hold a gear in Manual mode and also performs matched-rev downshifts.
Lots of rubber and aftermarket brakes to match the aftermarket power. Plenty of tire howl, typical GM-soft pedal and prominent dive as well. Virtually no fade after four stops. Good performance, especially considering the near-3-ton weight.
Skid pad: With Trac off, the Tahoe crept up on mild-but-resolute understeer. I could only hold it there as the lift-stab technique did nothing to alter the path of the yacht once it was set. Nearly identical Trac on as it bled throttle as understeer approached. Slalom: While the steering transmits absolutely nothing of use, and I could nearly use my index fingers to steer, the Tahoe had ample grip and reasonably quick transitions (while remaining quite flat and poised) that I could really be aggressive with it. The seat offers no lateral support and again, it was a very strange sensation to be throwing around a living room couch like this.