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Chevrolet Rallies Together RST and RST Performance Package For Added Large Sport Utility Excitement

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This year, we are seeing several new examples where the ‘sport’ portion in the term sport utility vehicle is being presented with increased grandeur. Among the super-exotic, the Bentley Bentayga has become one of the most powerful sport utility vehicles on the market generating 600 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque from a twin-turbocharged W-12 engine. In February, Dodge introduced a new tire-smoking Durango wearing SRT badging and producing 475-horsepower from a HEMI V-8. Besides engine performance, the latest crop of sport utility and crossover vehicles have continued to integrate agile styling as well as sharper on-road handling. Showing up to the new sport utility performance wearing its traditional bowtie, Chevrolet prepares their Rally Sport badging for a special ride on the Tahoe and Suburban.


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Classified as the Rally Sport Truck or RST, the new performance appearance level is Chevrolet’s hottest ever announced for its 2018 model year full-sized sport utility vehicle platform. The special edition Chevrolet Tahoe RST and Chevrolet Suburban RST are both outfitted with a host of sport touches. Body-colour matching door handle and grille surround is contrasted by a gross black grille and mirror caps. Unique 22-inch wheels mounted to Bridgestone tires complete the look of the sporty Tahoe and Suburban models.

Performance feel crosses over from the visual to the physical with the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe. A most celebrated addition for drivers will be the adoption of the L86 V-8 engine available exclusively on the Tahoe through a Performance Package. Estimated to generate 420 horsepower, the gasoline power unit for the Chevrolet Tahoe RST Performance Package model features the efficiency of direct injection, continuously variable valve timing and Active Fuel Management. The same powerplant has been used by the GMC Yukon Denali and Cadillac Escalade as well as the top-end propulsion choice for the Silverado 1500. The effective horsepower for the Tahoe and Suburban RST models can be greater through an optional Borla performance exhaust system which optimized flow pattern opens up a potential 7-10 horsepower increase.


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Power distribution from the estimated 420-horsepower V-8 is channelled through a 10-speed automatic transmission with the Tahoe RST Performance Package model. The new Hydra-Matic transmission will deliver near seamless gear transitions as the Chevrolet Tahoe RST with Performance Package accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour (0 to 96 kilometres per hour) in less than six seconds. Remaining true to its truck background, the special performance editions of the Chevrolet full-sized sport utility vehicles can potentially tow up to 3,800 kilograms (8,400 pounds).

Promising sport-like ride control by calling active suspension principles, General Motors’ Magnetic Ride Control installed on the RST special edition Chevrolet Tahoe Performance Package delivers a rapidly reacting on-road manner. Magnetic Ride Control can make changes to the vehicle’s handling in as little as 5 milliseconds for optimum cornering and comfort for passengers. Front six-piston Brembo calipers are finished with a flashy red colour provide stopping power against 16.1-inch Duralife rotors.


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Arriving for the last quarter of 2017, the RST (Rally Sport Truck) trim is the most recent of many special edition packages Chevrolet is creating to produce unique adrenaline at the showrooms of the bowtie brand. Redline models for a slew Chevrolet vehicles such as the Colorado, Equinox and Malibu have already been announced. In the case of the RST, the Performance Package offered with the Chevrolet Tahoe contributes substantial power in concert with one of these new appearance groups.

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