It’s the hoe of performance.
Chevrolet has revealed the Tahoe RST Performance Edition—which as the name suggests, builds on the 6.2L V8-powered Tahoe RST. The package (yes, it’s a package) carries an MSRP of $8,525.
So, what does that extra money get you? Well, the Tahoe RST Performance Edition borrows some of the components and calibrations from the police-spec Tahoe (Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicle). These would include:
- Police-spec springs, retuned dampers and police-spec chassis calibrations
- Police-spec lower ride height of 0.4-inch (10 mm) at the front and 0.8-inch (20 mm) at the rear
- Brembo calipers painted in Torch Red; front rotors are nearly 25% larger in diameter than the standard RST rotors
- Performance-calibrated brake pedal feel
- Police-spec Firestone Firehawk Pursuit 275/55 tires wrapped to 20-inch aluminum wheels in black
The Tahoe RST as standard packs a 5.3L V8 engine with 265 kW (355 bhp/360 metric hp) and 519 Nm (383 lb-ft) of torque. The optional 6.2L V8 engine offers 313 kW (420 bhp/425.5 metric hp) and 624 Nm (460 lb-ft) of torque. The Performance Edition gets you the 6.2L V8 as standard, with 323 kW (433 bhp/439 metric hp) and 633 Nm (467 lb-ft) of torque. The engine continues to be paired with the 10-speed automatic transmission.
As for official performance figures,
- 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) in 5.78 seconds compared with 5.95 seconds on base RST
- Quarter mile in 14.2 seconds at 97 mph (156 km/h) on the test track compared with 14.4 seconds at 97 mph on base RST
- 60-0 mph braking in 133 feet compared with 139.4 feet on base RST
- Top speed of 124 mph (200 km/h) on the test track compared with 112 mph (180 km/h) on base RST