With people flocking to crossovers and SUVs, automakers have decided to offer hot-rod versions of these grocery getters. After all, what could go wrong when you dump a ton of power into a lifted, top-heavy vehicle? Chevrolet is the latest to jump on this trend, and the result is pretty shocking.
Imagine getting behind the wheel of a Tahoe or Suburban and being blown away when you press the accelerator. Through select Chevy dealers, you can get one tuned by Specialty Vehicle Engineering. That’s the same outfit that does the Yenko performance models. The SUVs still have their factory warranty plus a mighty 1,000 horsepower!
No, that’s not a typo: you can buy a Chevy Tahoe or Suburban with 1,000 horsepower and a factory warranty. This is made possible using a supercharged V-8 LT1 that has been milled for better performance. Torque is also astronomical at 875 lb.-ft.
Of course, you’re not getting a 100,000-mile warranty for such a setup. GM backs the engine and supercharger for three years or 36,000 miles. A special heavy-duty transmission only gets 12 months or 12,000 miles. That sounds like a rebuild is likely in your future.
Naturally, this kind of power doesn’t come cheap. First, you’ll have to buy a 2019 Tahoe or Suburban with the 5.3-liter V-8, then shell out $66,995 on top of that. If you’re on a strict budget, Special Vehicle Engineering can tap 810 horsepower from the engine for a mere $44,995.