With the release of the 682-horsepower Cadillac Escalade V, General Motors has shown that it’s ready to hit the ground running in its high-performance SUV. Sports cars are nothing new, but they are usually smaller than the giant Chevrolet Tahoe. Available on the top of the RST model, the Performance Edition package upgrades the brakes, suspension and standard RST Tahoe power.
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The suspension was upgraded to Police Chase specifications with larger springs, dampers and larger anti-roll bars. The suspension rides 10mm lower up front; And 20 mm less at the rear. The package also adds Brembo front and rear brakes, and the front rotors are 25 percent larger than standard.
Power upgrades include a GM Performance cold-air induction system and a low-restriction exhaust. Previously, both of these components were available as separate options on GM’s SUVs and full-size trucks. These modifications give the Tahoe’s 6.2-liter V8 engine a power of 13 horsepower, for a total engine output of 433 horsepower. Torque increased by seven pounds to 467.
The added horsepower drops the sprint from zero to 60 mph (-96 km/h) from 5.95 seconds to 5.78; The quarter-mile time drops from 14.4 seconds to 14.2. The 60 mph (96 km/h) braking distance has been shortened from 139.4 feet to just 133 feet, a distance that rivals some sports cars. Terrifyingly, the top speed is 198 km/h from 192. We can’t imagine driving something that fast.
All of these upgrades come at a cost, and while Canadian pricing has yet to be determined, Americans will pay $8,525 for an upgrade, so we can’t imagine ours going any lower. It’s worth noting that the Performance Edition also includes the Deluxe package, with which it brings a host of convenience features. Spending a lot for some less-than-dramatic acceleration upgrades, but we doubt handling is significantly improved compared to the benchmark. Have you ever wanted to take your apartment to a busy day? Well, this might be the right SUV for you.