New Chevy Tahoe LTZ Model Offers New 6.2L V-8

2008 Chevy Tahoe LTZ
2008 Chevy Tahoe LTZ

The 2008 Chevy Tahoe covers all of the bases, from “economical” hybrid to the new high-powered 380hp (283 kW), which is 60hp more than the 5.3-liter LTZ 2007 model. As the most powerful Tahoe, the LTZ attributes its output to the Vortec 6.2-liter small-block V8 also found in the GMC Yukon Denali and Cadillac Escalade, but for a better price tag. The LTZ gets a “fuel-saving” Hydra-Matic 6L80 RWD six-speed automatic transmission which includes “tap up/tap down” capability that allows the driver to manually select upshifts and downshifts with a button on the column shifter. GM doesn't provide a 0-60mph time, but surely with a curb weight of 5245 lbs. and towing capacity of 7,900 pounds (3,583 kg), perhaps it's not the most important specification.

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Published Dec 27th, 2007 1:31pm By Brian Potter
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Expanding its range of capabilities, Chevrolet now offers a new, 6.2L small-block V-8 in the Tahoe LTZ in 2008. Rated at 380 horsepower (283 kW) and equipped with advanced technologies, it is the most powerful engine offered in the Tahoe lineup. The new engine is backed by a fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmission.

“Tahoe LTZ’s new 6.2L engine highlights the wide range of choices available to Chevy customers,” said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager. “It also reinforces the Tahoe’s position as the most capable full-size SUV on the market.”

The Tahoe LTZ 6.2L is available on 2WD models and bolsters a lineup that already includes a variety of powertrain options, capabilities and fuel solutions, including the all-new Tahoe Hybrid and models that are capable of running on E85 ethanol.

Advanced technologies, including variable valve timing, and a lightweight aluminum cylinder block optimize the performance and efficiency of the 6.2L engine; and its 380 horsepower (283 kW) is complemented by a strong torque output of 417 lb.-ft. (565 Nm)*.

A six-speed Hydra-Matic 6L80 RWD electronically controlled automatic transmission is paired with the 6.2L engine. It features a wide, 6.04:1 overall ratio – including two overdrive gears – that helps deliver an excellent balance of performance and fuel economy. Also, the 6L80 has a “tap up/tap down” capability that allows the driver to manually select upshifts and downshifts with a button on the column shifter.

The Tahoe LTZ 6.2L has maximum towing capacity of 7,900 pounds (3,583 kg).

Tahoe LTZ style, comfort and amenities

Like all Tahoe models, the new, Tahoe LTZ with the 6.2L engine is built on a sturdy architecture that features a stiff, boxed frame, coil-over-shock front suspension, rack-and-pinion steering and a premium interior that bolsters the vehicle’s comfort, quality and capability. Wide front and rear tracks enhance handling and lower the center of gravity for a more confident road feel.

With its uplevel trim and amenities, the Tahoe LTZ is offered with a variety of popular standard and available features, including:

  • Power-release fold-and-tumble second-row seat

  • Remote vehicle starting system

  • First- and second-row heated seats

  • Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist

  • Rearview camera system

  • Touch-screen navigation system

  • DVD rear-seat entertainment system with larger, eight-inch screen and enhanced features

  • Articulating running boards

Polished 20-inch wheels are standard on the LTZ and an available Chrome Appearance Package includes a stainless steel exhaust tip, chrome recovery hooks and the choice of one of six chrome 20-inch wheel designs.

Tahoe is also designed with a 360-degree safety system of occupant protection and crash-avoidance technology, with features such as standard StabiliTrak stability control system with rollover mitigation technology. Head-curtain side impact air bags are standard.

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radmeister radmeister
I thought this thing already had the 6.2L in it seeing how it is the same car as the escallade and yukon.
Dec 28th, 2007 7:27am
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Aesthetics Aesthetics
heinously hideous. have to say the japanese are doing better while the europeans are in their own league in design. even the koreans have more attractive vehicles.
Dec 27th, 2007 8:44pm
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MB6.3 MB6.3
you really don't know what you're talking about. Yea this isn't the best looking car, but the Japanese have much more innovative cars than any German car company ever did. Look at the the new Nissan GTR. The Germans never built anything in that league maybe except for the R8, which isn't that entirely innovative either. The Koreans are much more innovative than the Germans too. They do copy once in a while, but German designers can't seem to let go of tradition.
Dec 28th, 2007 3:00pm
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radmeister radmeister
Huh germans not building anything in the same league as a GT-R? You have to be kidding, GT2, GT3, Carrera GT, SLR, M3, RS4,RS6. The only reason the GT-R has an amazing 0-60 is because it has AWD, the Lancer EVO FQ-400 did it in 3.5sec. But from 60-100 it got eaten alive, the same is true with the GT-R, fast off the line not so fast up top.
Dec 29th, 2007 5:11am
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MB6.3 MB6.3
AWD would actually increase the 0-60 time and by the way why do you think that most performance cars are RWD. And I meant in terms of design and looks, not really the technical stuff, which again the GTR would probably kill anything German in its price range.
Dec 29th, 2007 3:15pm
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radmeister radmeister
AWD gives you a better 0-60 time ALWAYS if 2 cars with the same weight to power ratio line up the AWD will beat it off the line. Pretty simple you have 4 tires to put down the power. And these days i would say its 50/50 between RWD and AWD in performance cars.
Dec 30th, 2007 4:26am
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MB6.3 MB6.3
No I'm pretty sure that RWDs are still the majority.
Dec 31st, 2007 9:21am
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Blaconque Blaconque
I realy like this monster but its very very... BIG on me ... and I'll broke paying fuel!!
Dec 27th, 2007 8:03pm
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