If you live in the United States, you can visit a Chevrolet dealership and walk out with a Tahoe or Suburban that produces 1,000 horsepower and 875 lb-ft (1,185 Nm) of torque.
Let that sink in for a moment. You would expect such an insane amount of power from a muscle car, yet you can have it in a massive three-row SUV too. The upgrade comes courtesy of Specialty Vehicle Engineering (SVE) and is available through Chevy dealers as SVE has been a second stage manufacturer for GM for 25 years.
What that means is your 1,000-hp Tahoe or Suburban comes with a 36-month/36,000-mile (60,000-km) warranty for the engine and supercharger, the same warranty for the paint and chrome trim options, as well as a 12-month/12,000-mile (19,000-km) warranty for the heavy-duty automatic transmission upgrade.
What’s not to like? Well, the pricing may put some buyers off because the High-Output Series Stage II 1,000HP Supercharged package costs $66,995 — before you factor in the cost of the 2019 Tahoe/Suburban donor vehicle with a 5.3-liter engine and 2WD. For those who find it too expensive, SVE also offers a Stage I package that offers “only” 810 horsepower and 750 lb-ft (1,016 Nm) of torque for $44,995.
Using GM’s 6.2-liter V8 engine as a starting point, the upgrades feature many modifications including a larger 6.8-liter displacement, forged aluminum pistons, forged steel crankshaft, and a massive supercharger.
The trucks also feature some styling tweaks such as side-oriented stainless steel dual exhaust tips, custom badging inside and out, and special embroidered headrests. If those are considered too subtle, the list of options adds stuff such as 22-inch chrome alloys, satin-finish clear-coat paint wrap, and a sports suspension package that brings the trucks 2 inches (51 mm) closer to the ground.