2011 Vision SZR

John Misumi started off his career with a dream similar to the millions of car fanatics in the world: To build his very own supercar. Ten years and $2 million later, Misumi is finally ready to unveil his SZR supercar, except there’s only one production unit to account for all that time and money. One. What started off as a mission to create an "American muscle car for the next millennium" has been strung out into a long and tedious journey leading to one unit and hopes for a brighter future.

The Vision SRZ was originally called the K/2 when it was conceived in 1997. Then, in 2005, Misumi overhauled the K/2 with modified body panels to incorporate a longer wheelbase, wider greenhouse, and other changes present on the current SZR. The new model is built on an aluminum chassis featuring a carbon fiber body.

The Vision SZR was originally tested with a 6.2 L V8 engine producing 630 HP, but a 6.0 liter V12 with 700 HP will be joining the fold sometime in the near future. The two engines will be mated to either a six-speed manual or an electronically-controlled dual-clutch automatic.

It’s taken a lot of time and money to make his dream a reality, but Misumi is now ready to see his hard work come to fruition.

Hit the jump for full details on the Vision SZR.

Exterior

Vision SZR

The SZR was designed as the "muscle car for the 21st century" with an aggressive design language combining both classic and modern elements. It is built on a semi-monocoque chassis with aluminum and 4130 chrome molybdenum and features a modular construction with a bonded, riveted, and welded rigid cockpit section and interchangeable front and rear extremities with progressive energy absorbing impact protection zones. The SZR’s body is made of Hexcel carbon fiber, reinforced with composite Nomex honeycomb and Nida-Core, allowing for a curb weight between 2,450 and 2,875 lbs.

The SZR sits on Custom Forgiato wheels, 19" in the front and 20" in the back, wrapped around Continental Extreme Contact, 245/35 ZR 19
in the front and 335/30 ZR 20 in the rear.

Interior

Vision SZR

The inside of the SZR gets custom seats fitted with driver and passenger airbags. Over the top of the custom designed, ergonomic, leather covered steering wheel is the instrument panel with a combination of Analog and digital gauges. Off to the right of the driver is the standard Alpine W505 multimedia station with DVD, satellite navigation, MP3, and CD players connected to an Alpine PDX 4.100 amplifier and Alpine SPX-17 PRO speakers. A rear view camera and air conditioning also come standard.

Engine

Vision SZR

The Vision SZR started off with only one engine option: a turbocharged 6.2 L V8 engine producing 630 at 6,600 RPM and 600 lb-ft of torque at 6,600 RPM. Now, Misumi has added a second option for the supercar with a 6.0 liter V12 with 700 at 7,500 RPM and 440 lb-ft of torque at 7,500 RPM. Both engines will be combined with a stainless steel exhaust system and either a six-speed manual or an electronically-controlled dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Suspension and Brakes

Vision SZR

The Vision SRZ features an adjustable height suspension at the front and back with inboard mounted Koni high pressure nitrogen gas and double-adjustable shock absorbers.

Stopping power comes from a brake system consisting of 14 inch ventilated / slotted disks and 4 piston aluminum calipers with stainless steel fluid lines for the front and back. Vision also offers an anti-lock braking system and 6 piston calipers with carbon rotors as an option, although the latter is not recommended for street use.

Prices

Vision SZR

John Misumi has plans to put the SZR into production, but currently there is only one unit produced which took $2 million to build. As of right now, we can’t imagine anyone that would be crazy enough to buy a $2 million vehicle when there are plenty of other options with greater power and lower price tags. We do give props to John Misumi though for starting off with a dream and achieving it.

Competition

Vision SZR
Arrinera Venocara Concept

When the Vision SZR finally makes it to the market, it will be faced with a number of competitors sent to take the sales right from under its hood. Just recently, Rimac Automobile announced their Concept One - a 1088 HP supercar that has an estimated top speed of 189 mph. Arrinera has also announced plans to put their Venocara Supercar into production. It gets a 6.2-liter, mid-mounted V8 engine that delivers 650 HP and 605 lb/ft of torque. Top speed is 211 mph.

Vision SZR
LOVE IT
  • Two engine choices
  • Dream to reality
LEAVE IT
  • Expensive
  • Exterior design needs a bit of work

24 comments:

After a long time, they were finally ready to unveil this SZR! I bet lots of people keep on waiting for the production of this, finally! smiley I noticed that it looks so fun to drive with, if I have this, I will surely drool over it around!

I love the angst of the platform of this Vision SZR, well I bet this one can catch lots of attention, and everyone would love to have this sports car, but I don’t think that the engine that it had been quite good enough for it.

First of all, we would like to thank you for featuring the Vision SZR on ; and, we are pleased that you have given us this opportunity. We would also like to clarify and expand on a couple of topics with respect to the Vision SZR, to your fans in order to help them better understand this unique vehicle and the company behind it.

In Fireball Tim’s video, (Episode 8), a reference was made regarding the “$2 million” cost of the Vision SZR prototype. It is important to understand that this figure represents many of the one-time / non-reoccurring engineering and development costs associated with the development a car, (such as tooling; molds for body panels, windshield and side glass, interior components, headlights, taillights, etc,; chassis jigs and fixtures; in addition to vehicle certification; as well as many other legalities, etc.). This figure also includes previous development vehicles which were constructed as design and engineering platforms which led up to the Vision SZR. A production Vision SZR would therefore cost a fraction of the “$2 million” cost of the prototype, because all of the above mentioned development costs have been incurred.

This leads us to our second topic on which we would like to expand. In the “Done in 60 Seconds” / eBay Motors video, the topic of “production” arises, and Mr. Misumi states that the company is ”looking at some type of a limited volume production”. We would like to mention that with respect to “production”, the company is forecasting to produce only one vehicle over the next 12 to 18 months, and possibly only one or two more cars thereafter. Therefore, Vision is looking at a total “production” run of only two or three cars. In addition, each vehicle will only be constructed as a special-order vehicle; therefore, each vehicle will be unique. However, we still refer to a build-run of only a few cars as a “production” because Vision Industries, LLC is a licensed vehicle manufacturer, and as such, the Vision SZR possess a VIN number, and is registered and licensed as a “production” vehicle. (As opposed to a specially constructed vehicle, specialty vehicle, etc. under which many low-volume vehicles are classified, registered, and licensed.)
As a small, niche market manufacturer, our goal is to construct only a few vehicles with a high degree of quality and workmanship, and in doing so, the Vision SZR will likely become one of the lowest volume production vehicles.

Regards,
Vision Industries, LLC

Impressive aggressiveness! It looks so elegant in its body paint and I must say that it seems that it had a fabulous feature but I don’t think that V8 engine that can only produce 630 hp at 6,600 rmp is enough good for the performance of this sports car.

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