1990 Horizon -
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An enthusiast’s dream, the 1990 Teller Horizon is a stripped-down, 7.4 liter V8 sporting roadster aiming to offer one of the most spectacular driving experiences on public roads. With a quarter mile time roughly a tenth over 13 seconds, a top speed exceeding 180 miles per hour, and cornering capabilities over 1 lateral G, the Horizon is here to prove that American sports cars are no longer a punchline.
The Horizon is all about the driving experience. Its equipped with a 5 speed manual transmission, as you might expect, but you’ll also find no driver assists here, not even power steering. You better enjoy the roar of a loud V8, because there is no way to play your favorite tunes inside of the Horizon, and don’t expect this car to be well suited to long, relaxed cruises. The seats are designed to be lightweight and hold your body in place during hard cornering, not to be comfortable. The inside of a Horizon may look much sexier than your average commuter car, but it’s about as cozy as the 1960s roadsters it takes inspiration from. That soft top isn’t going to keep out much noise, either. Besides, this isn’t a car for sitting on the highway holding a steady speed for hours on end or commuting to work in, this is a car for driving, and when you’re focused on driving you couldn’t care less about plushy leather seats and a smooth, quiet ride, right? There’s plenty of performance on tap in this car, make use of it, that’s where the enjoyment is.
No overhead cam? No problem. The Horizon’s undersquare “Superblock” V8 generates about 400 horsepower while weighing a little over 500 pounds. Despite the Superblock’s huge displacement figure, it’s small enough to fit behind the front wheels of the Horizon, granting it an impressive 50.5F/49.5R weight distribution. To top it all off, the Superblock exceeds 400 ft. lbs. of torque for almost its entire rev range and hovers above 460 ft. lbs. from about 2000 RPM all the way up until a few hundred RPM shy of the rev limiter. Step on the gas and you’ll take off, there’s no time wasted waiting for the engine to rev up and reach its power band.
Top down, wind blowing your through your hair, gliding through bends with an elegance usually assorted with European cars, and then rocketing down straights with the speed and thundering exhaust note American cars are known for, it’s hard to come by a car like this these days. If you’re ready to have the time of your life on the road, give Teller Performance a call. It’s about time you learned what pure, unadulterated driving feels like.