Published: Mon, May 07, 2018
Industry | By Jeannie Evans

Chevy Suburban RST Gets A More Powerful V8, Meaner Looks

Chevy Suburban RST Gets A More Powerful V8, Meaner Looks

The 2019 model will be offered with the RST Performance Package now available on the smaller Tahoe, which includes a 420 hp 6.2-liter V8, 10-speed automatic transmission, Borla exhaust system and sport-tuned Magnetic Ride Control suspension system.

Recall, the Suburban and Tahoe RST made their debuts previous year, but the Performance package has only been available for the Tahoe RST. The regular RST looks hot, the Performance Package makes it hot.

Following the Tahoe RST's success, Chevrolet announced the launch of the Suburban RST Performance Package.


The 6.2-liter V8 produces 420hp and 460lb-ft of torque, while the new 10-speed transmission offers smaller steps between each ratio for better acceleration and a long overall gear ratio for lower revs at highway speeds.

The angrier styling from the standard Suburban RST sticks around. "In fact, Tahoe RST with the Performance Package is the fastest-turning Tahoe model, and we've received customer requests to offer the same performance and power to Suburban RST". The new part for 2019 is the RST Performance Package, which is what slots in the bigger V-8. It also carries GM's new 10-speed automatic. The grille surround and door handles are body-colored, while the grille itself is painted black, as are the mirror caps, roof rails, window trim and badges. The system altogether offers improved handling in corners and a more comfortable ride feel when cruising. Borla designed a dual-side exit exhaust system, while Brembo brought an upgraded brake system with six-piston front calipers to the table. "When you want to relax, it is very refined, with exceptional ride comfort and interior quietness".

It's still a Suburban at heart, though, with three rows of space, a boatload of cargo capacity and a towing capacity of 8,100 pounds. An active suspension with electronically controlled shock absorbers are complemented by 22-inch wheels wrapped in Bridgestone tires from the factory. Duralife™ rotors feature a hardened surface to reduce corrosion.

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