January 18, 2018: Launched at the Kuwait Motor Show Auto Moto 2018, the Chevrolet Tahoe RSTfulfilsthe needs of regional customers who want a street-performance lookstraight from the factory
KUWAIT — The Kuwait Motor Show Auto Moto 2018, today witnessed the Middle East launch of the eagerly-anticipated Tahoe RST. Following the overwhelming response at its regional premiere duringthe 2017 Dubai International Motor Show,the street-performance Rally Sport Truck edition of the Chevrolet Tahoehas been confirmed for the Middle East market.
Packing the potent 6.2-litre V-8 that also powers the iconic Corvette Stingray, the Tahoe RST boasts 420 hp channeled to all four wheels via General Motors’ all-new Hydra-Matic 10L80 10-speed automatic transmission. To ensure exceptional handling without sacrificing ridequality or comfort, the Tahoe RST comes equipped with Magnetic Ride Control suspension.
Cosmetically, the RST is differentiated from the standard Tahoe with its aftermarket cues, which give it a decidedly more aggressive appearance.
The exterior chromeelements are almost entirely eliminated for a street-performance look and replaced by gloss-black appointments. Exclusive to the RST are body-color grille surround, headlamp eyebrow and door handles; gloss-black grille, mirror caps, roof rails, running board accent, window trim and RST badging and illuminated black Chevroletbowties. Finally, to ensure an imposing stance to complement the design enhancements, the Tahoe sits on exclusive 22-inch wheels.
Other standard features to differentiate the Tahoe RST include a Borla™ performance exhaust system, which not only gives it a more sonorous aural characteristic, it also liberates extra horsepower, thanks to 28 percent improvement in exhaust flow. To reign in the power, the Tahoe RST gets sizable front Brembo six-piston, fixed aluminum calipers finished in red, with brake pads clamping on bigger 410 x 32mm (16.1 inch x 1.3 inch) Duralife™ rotors. The new braking system increases the brake pad area and the rotor area by a substantial 84 percent and 42 percent respectively to boost system thermal capacity. The new Duralife™ rotors feature a hardened surface to reduce corrosion and provide quieter braking with less vibration.
Ahmed Soudodi, Head of Brand at Chevrolet Middle East, said: “The Tahoe is one of the most loved large SUVs in the Middle East and the outstanding response the RST edition received at its regional unveilingduring this year’s Dubai International Motor Showcemented this fact. The Tahoe RST was undeniably one of the star attractionson our stand — a clear indication of how much our customers want this vehicle. And now their wishes are being fulfilled as the most powerful Tahoe is officially launched at the 2018 Kuwait motor show.”
Headded: “With its street-performance look and increased power, the RST is the most performance oriented Tahoe yet. Its exceptional styling is backed by equally impressive performance, all the while retaining the presence, and capabilitythat make the Tahoe a firm favorite in the large SUV segment.”
Also available for the Tahoe RST is General Motors’ Magnetic Ride Control suspension system, which has been calibrated to make the best out of the street performance on offer.
Plucked straight from Chevrolet’s sports cars, Magnetic Ride Control is an active suspension system that constantly scans the road surface every millisecond and triggers damping changes electronically in as little as 5 milliseconds to give the Tahoe RST’s driver confidenthandling with minimal body roll and enhancedride quality.
The 6.2L V-8, which is being offered in the Tahoe for the first time, develops an estimated 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. Not only is the engine suitably powerful, it also features state-of-the-art technologies such as direct injection, Active Fuel Management, including cylinder deactivation and continuously variable valve timing. This allows for the optimal use of the engine’s power, torque and efficiency across a variety of operating conditions.
Also exclusive to the Tahoe RST is the all-new 10-speed automatic transmission, which has been fine tuned to deliver great performance, seamless shifts, and better fuel economy. Smaller steps between the gear ratios allows the gearbox to maximize engine power under acceleration, giving the SUV a brisk 0-60 mph (0-96kph) time of under 6 seconds. To enhance fuel economy the transmission features a wide 7.39 overall gear ratio spread and lower numerical top gear ratio – this improves efficiency by reducing engine revolutions at highway speeds.
The first Tahoe RSTs will arrive to Chevrolet showrooms across the Middle East region by Q3 or Q4 this year.
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest automotive brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and pickups a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. The Chevrolet portfolio for the Middle East features award-winning passenger cars such as the Spark, Sonic, Cruze, Malibu, Impala, Caprice, Camaro and Corvette; crossovers such as the Captiva, Trax and Traverse; and, SUVs and pickups including the Tahoe and Silverado. Chevrolet also offers customers a high-level aftersales service experience through Chevrolet Complete Care. Specific market vehicle availability and more information can be found at www.chevroletarabia.com.