Chevrolet Introduces 2023 Tahoe ESR Performance Edition

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The 2023 Chevrolet Tahoe RST Performance Edition. Photo Chevrolet

Chevrolet’s most popular full-size SUV has been specially tuned for performance with the new 2023 Tahoe RST Performance Edition with more horsepower and speed than before.

“The 2023 Tahoe RST Performance Edition is designed for those who want the best of both worlds — the everyday comfort and capability of a full-size SUV along with the driving excitement of a true performance vehicle,” said Scott Bell, Chevrolet Vice President. “It leverages the proven capability of Chevy’s pursuit-rated police vehicle packages and motorsports success to offer a confident, engaging driving experience for our customers.”

In fact, the new Tahoe RST Performance Edition leverages a number of chassis, suspension and other elements from the pursuit-rated Tahoe PPV package for police, with many of the vehicle’s dynamics calibrated by the same engineering team. 

Chevrolet delivers more power than any other Tahoe by introducing Chevrolet Performance induction and exhaust systems to this package that increase the output of the standard 6.2L V-8 to 433 horsepower and 467 lb-ft of torque. That’s an increase of 13 hp and 7 lb-ft over the current RST’s available 6.2L engine. On the RST Performance Edition, the 6.2L V-8 engine continues to be exclusively paired with the 10-speed automatic transmission.

Standard components of the RST Performance Edition borrowed from the pursuit-rated Tahoe include:

  • Police-spec springs, retuned dampers and police-spec chassis calibrations
  • Police-spec lower ride height of 0.4 inches (10 mm) in front and 0.8 inches (20 mm) in the rear
  • Brembo front and rear brakes with unique Torch Red calipers. The front brake rotors are nearly 25% larger in diameter than the standard RST system

Performance-calibrated brake pedal feel

“We have carefully tuned this vehicle to handle speed with confidence and control that is immediately apparent behind the wheel,” said 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 RST Performance Edition also has the numbers to back up its carefully calibrated systems:

  • 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 5.78 seconds (compared to 5.95 seconds on base RST)
  • Quarter mile in 14.2 seconds at 156 km/h on the test track (compared to 14.4 seconds at 156 km/h on base RST)
  • 60-0 mph (96-0 km/h) braking in 133 feet (40 meters) (compared to 139.4 feet2 or 42.4 meters on base RST)
  • Top speed of 124 mph (199 km/h) on the test track (compared to 120 mph or 180 km/h on base RST)

That performance does not come at the expense of true SUV capability, as the Performance Edition offers the same 7,600-pound trailering capacity as the base RST when equipped with the optional 6.2L engine.

In addition to the unique powertrain, chassis and suspension upgrades, the Tahoe RST Performance Edition comes standard with the Luxury Package, which includes a host of active safety features and driver convenience features.

The special edition Tahoe will sport a black “RST” badge on the rear tailgate. On the interior, standard sport pedals elevate the performance look and feel. 

The Tahoe RST Performance Edition will make its public debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Production begins in Q4 2022 with the U.S. and globally sourced parts at GM’s Arlington Assembly in Texas. Canadian pricing to follow.



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