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2023 Chevy Tahoe RST Performance Edition feels the need for speed

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At the 2022 Detroit Auto Show, Chevrolet introduced the 2023 Tahoe RST Performance Edition, which adds more horsepower and better handing to the full-size, three-row SUV. What we found interesting is that this is loosely based on and shares some components with the police pursuit-rated Tahoe – but it’s faster.

What’s the engine?

The 2023 Tahoe RST Performance Edition is equipped with the 6.2-liter V-8 engine, but it adds 13 horsepower and 7 pound-feet of torque, for respective outputs of 433 and 467. This translates to a 0-to-60-MPH time of 5.78 seconds and a top speed of 124 MPH. What’s more, with great power comes great stopping ability, and the Performance Edition, equipped with Brembo brakes, can go from 60-to-0-MPH in 133 feet.

Components shared with the PPV

Because the Performance Edition has been tuned to handle speed with confidence, it makes sense that it shares some components with the Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicle (PPV).

So, what does the Performance Edition get that the PVV has? Per the press release:

  • Police-spec springs, retuned dampers and police-spec chassis calibrations
  • Police-spec lower ride height of 0.4 inch in front and 0.8 inch 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
  • Police-spec Firestone Firehawk Pursuit 275/55R20 tires with specific 20-inch aluminum wheels in black

Ironically, the engine is not shared, as the PPV has the 355-horsepower 5.3-liter V-8.

As a bonus, even with all the performance parts, you don’t lose the SUV capability, as it still has the same 7,600-pound towing capacity as the base RST.

The bottom line on the Tahoe RST Performance Edition

With better wheels, blacked-out badging and a passel load of performance parts, how can you go wrong with the 2023 Tahoe RST Performance Edition?

Production for this vehicle will begin in late 2022, which means we should start seeing availability in early 2023. The package is priced at $8,525 and will be available exclusively on the Tahoe RST, which is priced at $70,415 with the 6.2-liter engine option.

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Jill Ciminillo

Jill Ciminillo is the Managing Editor for Pickup Truck + SUV Talk as well as a Chicago-based automotive writer, YouTube personality and podcast host, with her articles and videos appearing in outlets throughout the U.S. Additionally, she co-hosts a weekly radio show on car stuff for a local Chicago station. Previously, Jill has been the automotive editor for both newspaper and broadcast media conglomerates. She is also a past president for the Midwest Automotive Media Association and has the distinction of being the first female president for that organization. Jill is also currently a juror for the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY).

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