Specialty Vehicle Engineering is here with a pair of crazy upgrades for the 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban SUVs.
Say you want a full-size SUV. Say you also want it to have enough horsepower to move the moon. Say you really love the look of the Suburban or Tahoe, but you just can’t get past the piddly power figures of its 5.3-L V8 engine. What do you do?
Well, you could ask around to see if someone is willing to perform an engine swap and turn your Suburban into a drag race monster, or you could just call your local Chevrolet dealer and ask them about some bespoke upgrades courtesy of Specialty Vehicle Engineering (SVE). These are the same guys that gave us the Yenko Camaro and Corvette, so you know what they’ve got cooking is gonna be quality.
Step one, buy a regular Tahoe or Suburban. It’ll come with either a 5.3-L V8 or a 6.2-L V8, which are fine enough engines for regular folk but not really going to cut it for SVE. So they toss out both engines and replace ‘em with a custom 6.8-L LT1 engine with a big ‘ol supercharger and a bunch of upgraded fuel injectors.
Step two, toss the old exhaust and replace it with one that goes out the side. The less tubing wasted on venting exhaust means better airflow and less weight, both things that a Suburban or Tahoe could do with having.
Step three, add a whole bunch of SVE badging and logos and then add the SUV’s name: High/Output. They call it the High/Output Supercharged Tahoe and Suburban.
That was just for Stage I that tops out at 810 horsepower. For Stage II, SVE upgrades the transmission to endure 1,000 horsepower, as well as providing stainless steel headers and high-flow cats to pump out that extra 190 hp.
Available upgrades on both models include a suspension lowering of 2 inches front and 3 inches rear, chrome or black painted 22x10-inch alloy wheels with Falken Ziex Tires, and red-painted wheel lines for that extra bit of zip.
Stage I of the H/O Tahoe/Suburban starts at $44,995, while Stage II starts at $66,995 not including the cost of your original Tahoe/Suburban. A 3-year/36,000 mile warranty comes standard on everything but the Stage II transmission, which only gets a 12-month/12,000 mile warranty. Which tells us that maybe that transmission isn’t as heavy-duty as they say it is, but we doubt that’ll stop anyone from buying it.