Chevrolet Spices Up 2019 Suburban With New RST 420HP V8 Performance Package

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

The new RST Performance Package will be the first Suburban that uses the 420hp 6.2-liter V8 engine. Other features include the Magnetic Ride Control suspension and the new Hydra-Matic 10-speed automatic transmission.

“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”, said Sandor Piszar, director of Chevy Trucks Marketing and Advertising.

“Delivering on those requests with the Suburban RST Performance Package is another example of how Chevrolet has continually invested in the segment, developing models with combinations of capability, technology and performance to meet the needs of different customers”, Piszar added.

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.

Read also: Chevrolet’s New 2018 Tahoe RST Is Intriguing, But Is It Worth $78,000?

The Magnetic Ride Control suspension has a new performance tune for better body control and responsiveness. A set of 22-inch alloy wheels wrapped with 285/45 tires is standard fit.

Customers will also be offered an optional dual-side exit exhaust system designed by Borla, with Chevrolet claiming a 28 percent improved exhaust flow. Other extras include a set of bigger Brembo brakes that feature six-piston fixed aluminum calipers finished in red and 16.1 inch x 1.3 inch rotors.

The new Chevrolet Suburban RST Performance Package will become available later this summer.

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  • caddy45

    So they just dropped the Escalade’s engine in it? Hmm. Can we please just get new full-size SUVs from GM already!!

    • :/ Yurr

      Ikr , I think that’s for the 2020 model year.

  • cooper

    Fastest school bus around.

  • TrevP

    Just get the Yukon Denali instead. It looks better and its the same thing for the same price.

    • FactChecker90803

      We bought the 2018 Yukon XL Denali, awsome family vehicle. Has the 6.2 L V8 420 HP from the Factory. But we have had it Superchipped, Pace Setter 72C2268 Ceramic Coated Headers, Magnaflow Stainless Cat-Back Exhaust and K&N performance air induction, since all the mods, we had it on the dyno, 407 HP at the rear wheels.

      • TrevP

        That sounds like a beast! Our lease is almost up on our X3 and we are looking at a Yukon Denali or QX80. I really want a Navigator but they are just too pricey!! We can save almost 20k if not more just by getting a Denali or a QX80. With the dealerships going down of course.

      • john1168

        As for the Brembos, the only thing I can think of is brand recognition. Non-enthusiasts might recognize the name Brembo and equate it to the best brakes around. They are very good but there are a few other companies that make excellent brakes for cars and trucks and they might even be more affordably priced.

        That’s a nice setup on your truck:)

    • john1168

      Can you get the 10 speed in the Yukon?

      • TrevP

        Yes, a 10-speed is standard i believe.

        • john1168

          Yes sir, you’re correct. I went to the GMC site after I posted and built one. I thought they might have had the 8 speeds in them but they do have the 10 speeds. And yeah, it’s about the same price and the GMC is a nicer vehicle.

  • Charles Lane

    6.2 liters for 420 hp…welcome to 1999

    • FactChecker90803

      GM limits the truck engines for Warranty Durability reasons, the same engine in the camaro and corvette make 465 and the crate 376/480 and 376/525 make 480 snd 525Hp.

  • john1168

    A bit too expensive for what you get. I personally would rather wait for the next Tahoe/Suburban to get the rumored IRS setup if I’m expected to pay this much. I think the mrsc shocks would work better with the irs too.

    • FactChecker90803

      The 12th gen Yukon and Escalade will get IRS, as too the Burb, well its complicated, since many use there Burbs to TOW, so the 1500 get IRS and a Chevy might offer a 1500HD as a Dedicated work vehicle for does that use there Burb to Tow, is due to the 2500HD and 3500HD being Fleet and Goverment sales only, does Beasts will continue continue with the tried and true Solid Axle.

  • One of the cars that I thought “why?”

  • SteersUright

    This likely cost them little to implement so its a no-brainer to keep this antique viable. It still does not make up for the fact that GM is so far behind the ball on most of its brands and their vehicles they should’ve been forced to fail and drastically reorganize rather than ever been bailed out. As I recall, I believe Ford needed no such bailout.

    • FactChecker90803

      Antique?, you mean It is the longest continuous use automobile nameplate in production, starting in 1935 for the 1935 U.S. model year, and has traditionally been one of General Motors’ most profitable vehicles. Or is it the Body On Frame, you know like the Mercedes Benz “G” Class, Toyota Land Cruiser, Lexus LX570, Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator..

      • SteersUright

        Oh, I love the classic suburbans actually. Beautiful old trucks.
        The problem is, when I buy a brand new one I dont want tech and build quality from 10 years ago that hasn’t kept pace with its competition.

        • FactChecker90803

          There is no competition for the BURB, the Ford Expedition and Navigator have IRS and can’t tow as heavy a load, my Yukon and my inlaws Escalade are pretty luxurious and as for tech, well it’s one of 5 of SUV’S with a 10 Speed Automatic ( 4 other are The Yukon, Escalade, Expedition and Navigator ), the info system is fabulous and it fits it’s purpose.

          As for the engines, well yes they are OHV, but how many other 5.3-liter V8’s make 420

          • SteersUright

            I love GM’s V8’s, probably the last aspect of any of their cars I’d ever criticize. Would like to see them offered in almost every car they make in fact!
            It isnt the engines, its the interiors, the ride quality, build quality, etc. Every forum and a quick search reveals TONS of quality issues with this family of giant SUV’s. Not to mention, just LOOK at the new Navigator’s interior and all of the reviews remaking of the posh and museum-quiet ride quality.
            The GM big boys are great SUV’s that are double the price they truly ought to be and simply have not kept pace with the competition. Now for $45k, sure, I’d look at a Yukon or Suburban. At close to $80k or $100k? You’ve got to be out of your mind.

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