General Motors is upping the performance quotient with the debut of the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST. Short for Rally Sport Truck, it will target buyers who want the sort of power from a full-size SUV that they might normally expect from a muscle sedan or coupe.
Some manufacturers are content with cosmetic updates, and the RST does, indeed, add some sporty visual flourishes, like its gloss-black grille and mirror caps. But it’s what’s under the hood that’s likely to matter most to Tahoe buyers. The new version of the big ute offers an optional Performance Package that features a 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V-8 capable of launching from 0 to 60 in just 5.7 seconds.
“Customers are shifting over to crossovers and SUVs” in record numbers, said Sandor Pizar, the Chevy Truck marketing manager, during the Tahoe RST’s debut, “and a portion of them want performance.”
Chevrolet is by no means the only Detroit automaker betting there’s a market for muscle trucks.