Dialing up the truck-based SUV's performance to 11.
The Chevrolet Tahoe is one of the most popular full-sized SUVs around, and after suffering from some recent setbacks, including the removal of certain luxury features, this big brute is back in business. Chevrolet is promising even bigger and better things in the future. The Tahoe, along with its sibling, the Chevy Suburban, gained expanded availability of the 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 engine last year, and now Chevy wants to make the Tahoe even spicier with a special edition package for the RST trim with said engine.
The 2023 Chevrolet Tahoe RST Performance Edition gets a bump, not only in horsepower, courtesy of a performance induction and exhaust system, but a slew of upgrades to improve its handling, acceleration, and top speed.
Combining several phrases you'd never expect to hear in relation to a full-size body-on-frame SUV, the 2023 Tahoe RST Performance Edition is a motorsports-inspired and pursuit-rated vehicle that claims to be the fastest retail Tahoe ever produced.
The headline modifications are a Chevrolet Performance induction and exhaust system that delivers an increase of 13 hp and 7 lb-ft over the current RST for a total of 433 hp and 467 lb-ft. Power is sent to the wheels via the standard ten-speed automatic transmission.
This results in an impressively quick 0-60 mph time of only 5.78 seconds, a quarter mile time of 14.2 seconds at 97 mph (14.4 seconds for the standard RST), and a top speed of 124 mph (112 mph on the standard vehicle).
Performance does not come at the expense of capability, however, as the trailering capacity of 7,600 pounds remains the same.
Chevrolet has also paid some attention to the handling and stopping power of this special edition SUV by fitting high-performance handling parts, most of which are taken directly from the PPV police pursuit package.
Each 2023 Tahoe RST Performance Edition features police-spec springs, retuned dampers, a larger-diameter stabilizer bar, and police-spec chassis calibrations. These chassis mods lower the Tahoe by 0.4 inches in the front and 0.8 inches in the rear. An improved braking system from Brembo brakes with unique Torch Red calipers clamping down on nearly 25% larger front discs slows the RST Performance Edition down from 60-0 mph in only 133 feet.
Along with these performance upgrades, the special edition comes standard with the Luxury Package, including driver alert, an HD surround-view camera, rear pedestrian alert, auto-dimming mirrors, power-adjustable steering, heated second-row seats, and more. Visually, black RST badges and sport pedals are subtle nods to its performance.
"We have carefully tuned this vehicle to handle speed with confidence and control that is immediately apparent behind the wheel," says Dominique Lester, chief engineer. "The pursuit-rated driving dynamics inspire excitement and confidence on the road, and we're proud to have achieved this level of ride and handling in a full-size SUV largely through performance calibration and tuning."
The Tahoe RST Performance Edition is set to debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, with prices for the package starting at $8,525. The package will be exclusively available on the 2023 Tahoe RST with the 6.2-liter V8.