• New 2018 Chevy Tahoe RST is the Most Powerful Tahoe Ever! First Drive Review (Video)


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    2018 Chevy Tahoe RST

    The 2018 Chevy Tahoe RST is the most powerful Tahoe ever available from the factory. The big 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 finally finds its way under the hood of a Tahoe. The power rating is 420 hp @ 5,600 rpm and 460 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm. That is not all that differentiates the RST Tahoe from every other Tahoe. This big SUV also gets a 10-speed automatic transmission (3.23 rear axle ratio), and unique 22-inch rims, double exhaust tips, and blacked out badges. Interestingly, there are no badges that actually say RST.

    The RST 6.2L V8 package is only available with a high-end Tahoe Premier package. The 2WD Tahoe RST starts at $68,775 including destination. The 4WD RST starts at $71,875 including destination. The RST is available in nine exterior colors, with Siren Red and Iridescent Pearl at additional charge.

    Perfromance Brembo brake and magnetic ride suspension packages are also available. Is the RST also the quickest and best handling Tahoe ever? We will have to bring it back to Colorado to put those claims to the test. Please stay tuned, this is coming within the next couple of weeks.

    Roman and Nathan had a first drive opportunity near Fort Worth, Texas. You saw it here first.


    Andre Smirnov
    Andre Smirnov
    Andre Smirnov is an Automotive Enthusiast, Producer, Reviewer, Videographer, Writer, Software Engineer, Husband, Father, and Friend.

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    17 thoughts on “New 2018 Chevy Tahoe RST is the Most Powerful Tahoe Ever! First Drive Review (Video)

    1. Let me know when GM drops a 5.3 into the Colorado. If ford offers a ecoboost in the ranger,gm might have to step back up to the plate. Just sayin’…

    2. The 6.2 will be a great addition to the tahoe. The 5.3 motor in the tahoe was much slower than the hemi in the durango. Now it will be close. The only thing that didn’t look impressive in the video was the way the whole vehicle rocked so much when Roman jumped up and down. It looks like the suspension maybe “slushy” like an old cadillac from the 60’s. Will be able to tell better after more testing like Nathan mentioned. Those tests should be interesting.

    3. Why do you morons think we want to know how fast a truck is 0-60 in freaking Colorado? Newsflash…the majority of owners/users of these vehicles are much closer to sea level. No one cares about some stupid Ike Gauntlet, it was old when Ford and GM were talking about it 5 years ago. Mr Truck knows less about a truck than a used car salesman.

      1. Well I agree with most of what you say. If there was a sea level edition I wouldn’t even visit this site. And as for Mr. Truck, well I think you’re right.

        1. I agree on Mr. Truck. The diesel will always be faster and will always pull better up the ike yet he continuously gets proven wrong.

    4. Looks kind of generic for 70 Grand. I don’t like a ton of chrome but the lack of some tastful bits of chrome makes it kind of look like a base model.

      1. I thought the same thing John. But I must admit I like a lot of chrome and I know I’m in the minority today. Maybe they will have an optional chrome package for people like us.

    5. Too bad we lost ride control, the magnetic ride is more of a sport ride and has very little comfort compared to my 2004 Sierra Denali with a soft ride option at the push of a button that gave you true luxurious comfort. this magnetic ride is crap compared to what I had in 2004, 14 years ago, actually it came on the 2002 model so 16 years ago and we had more comfort in a Denali trim. Wake up GM, what is so hard about ride control so we can manage the ride the way we want it? It’s on the Mustang? And where did 4 wheel steering go on the Denali from 2002 to 2004? Its on your 2016 CT6 Cadillac? WTF???

    6. Thats a fast big SUV that can tow a lot.
      Since we obviously have reached the pinnacle of combustion body on frame SUV’s now, lets now use this 6.2 to generate electricity for electric motors to the wheels.

    7. I like it, but damn, all of the full sized SUV’s are getting prohibitively expensive. Be nice if the premium engine was offered in the lower trims. Which Ford uses the same tactics…..

      1. Except ford only has one engine in the Expedition. And you can get any the 3.5 ecoboost, 5.0, and 2.7 right down to a regular cab XL in the F150.

        So no, Ford doesnt do this like GM.

    8. I’d like to see this go against an srt Durango on an scca style track. I think the lack of chrome is wonderful, and it’s a poor man’s (ha) escalade.

    9. That is a lot of $$$ for an engine that needs an up grade. This seems like a stop gap until next generation Tahoe/suburban. I believe this engine would serve better purpose in the suburban than the Tahoe.

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