Specialty Vehicle Engineering, based out of Toms River, New Jersey, lives by the motto, “Creating Tomorrow’s Classics Today.” But when you think about classics, you don’t necessarily think of Suburbans. Sure, Mustangs, Corvettes, and GTOs, but Suburbans? Those behemoths bring to mind Soccer Moms more than race tracks. Don’t be surprised if that Suburban-driving Soccer Mom shows up at the track between picking up kids from school and practice if she’s driving a Suburban from SVE. Why? Because SVE has tuned up the Suburban to get 1,000 horsepower.
SVE doesn’t just work on any Suburban; it has to be one equipped with a 5.3L V8 with rear-wheel drive in order for the build out to 1,000 horsepower to be possible. It’s not that they need the V8 so much, but that they need the space to be able to put in a stroked LT1—that’s a supercharged 6.8L V8 with forged internals, an upgraded fuel system, and full stainless steel exhaust from the headers back. SVE then hooks up the LT1 with a heavy duty automatic transmission. If that sounds like too much power, then you can opt for the 810 horsepower version instead.
Of course, safety is of primary concern for Soccer Moms everywhere, so SVE offers a suspension upgrade option. The option features sport springs that lower the rig two inches in the front and three in the back for more stability.
The 1,000 horsepower option costs $66,995 (in addition to purchasing the Suburban); the 810, $44,995.