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    2019 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban SVE versions get 1,000 horsepower

    2019 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban SVE versions get 1,000 horsepower

    Most people look at the Chevrolet Tahoe and Chevrolet Suburban and think, this thing needs 1,000 horsepower. Right? Well, if most people worked for Specialty Vehicle Engineering (SVE) that would be correct. Let us introduce you to the H/O Supercharged Tahoe and Suburban from SVE. Both of these behemoths are available with exactly 1,000 horsepower, and they can be ordered through a normal Chevy dealer. Cool!

    Your Suburban or Tahoe must begin life as a 5.3-liter V8 model with rear-wheel drive for the SVE team to build it to 1,000 horsepower. They start by yanking out the small V8 and then replacing it with a stroked LT1. In final form, it's a 6.8-liter V8 with forged internals, an upgraded fuel system, full stainless steel exhaust from the headers back, and oh, did we mention it's supercharged to the moon? To handle the four-digit power, SVE installs a heavy duty automatic transmission. Curiously, the transmission is only covered by a one-year, 12,000-mile warranty, whereas the engine gets a three-year, 36,000-mile guarantee. Maybe don't attempt any neutral drops in this big truck!

    While we're on the topic of safety, a suspension upgrade is optional. Sport springs lower the ride height two inches in front and three inches in back to hopefully give the truck a more stable feeling when exercising all those ponies. Other optional content you might want are the 22-inch wheels with Falken Ziex rubber and a satin paint finish over top of the factory paint. There's no mention of parts getting beefed up in the driveline besides the transmission, but we imagine SVE has done something to make sure it doesn't torque itself in half after a few pulls.

    For those a little put off by 1,000 horsepower in a Suburban or Tahoe, there's a timid 810 horsepower version up for grabs, too. SVE differentiates the two versions with "Stage 1" and "Stage 2" names. The 1,000 horsepower version is Stage 2, while the 810 horsepower vehicle is, that's right, Stage 1. This one has a smaller supercharger, and the upgraded transmission is optional instead of standard. Proceed at your own risk, we'll say. One benefit of the Stage 1 truck is the option of going with a four-wheel drive version. SVE won't go to Stage 2 with four-wheel drive. There's nothing cheap about getting all this horsepower, either.

    First, you'll need the Tahoe or Suburban of your choice. If 810 horsepower is good enough, then you'll be needing $44,995 on top of the vehicle. Those with an itch for the dangerous side of life (i.e. 1,000 horsepower) will need to spend $66,995. Performance figures for these super 'utes aren't available, but you'll be able to figure that out at your local drag strip.

    Jimmie Johnson, Ally unveil new paint scheme for No. 48 Chevrolet

    Jimmie Johnson, Ally unveil new paint scheme for No. 48 Chevrolet

    NEW YORK (Jan. 11, 2019) — Legendary NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson and Ally revealed the new look for the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet this morning, unveiling a blend of Ally’s unique branding along with Johnson’s iconic number & color.

    “This is an exciting beginning with Ally, and we wanted a car that conveyed that excitement to our fans,” Johnson said this morning after unveiling the new car on Good Morning America. “Personally, I’ve put a ton of time in on this paint scheme to help our team develop the new look.”


    In October, Ally, a leading digital financial services company, announced that it would join Hendrick Motorsports as the whole-season primary sponsor of Johnson’s team in 2019 and 2020. The sponsorship will feature Ally on the champion driver’s cars throughout the full 38-race NASCAR schedule, beginning with February’s 2019 Daytona Speedweeks and the 61st running of the Daytona 500.

    “We wanted Jimmie and fans throughout the country to love the car, so we were ecstatic that he took such a hands-on approach to developing a paint scheme that would stand out and his fans would embrace,” said Andrea Brimmer, chief marketing and PR officer for Ally. “It’s just another example of why our relationship is such a great match. His values line up with Ally‘s approach. We both have high standards and want to make sure we ‘Do it Right’ for our fans and customers.”

    Johnson, who is signed with Hendrick Motorsports through 2020, selected a black gloss as his base color with matte decals in Ally’s color pallet. Johnson‘s iconic neon yellow 48 will anchor the car.

    GM is transforming Cadillac into an electric brand

    GM is transforming Cadillac into an electric brand

    GM has been undergoing a transformation over the past four to five years, getting rid of expensive, money-losing programs like the Opel brand in Europe, and investing more into electrification and autonomous vehicle technology. It has also warned repeatedly, Friday’s investor meeting being no exception, to a coming downturn in the traditional automotive business.

    In November, GM ramped up its belt-tightening measures with cuts to factory and white-collar workers, plant closures in North America and the elimination of several car models as it tries to transform into a nimble company focused on high-margin SUVs, crossovers and trucks and investments in future products like electric and autonomous vehicles.

    The actions, which are meant to safeguard the automaker from an expected downturn in the U.S. market, will increase GM’s annual free cash flow by about $6 billion, including cost reductions of $4.5 billion and lower capital expenditure annual run rate of almost $1.5 billion by 2020. Ford took similar cost-cutting measures in 2018.

    Even as GM announced those cuts, it said it would double engineering resources allocated to electric and autonomous vehicle programs by 2020.