2013-14 Honda CR-Z Receives HPD Supercharging Kit
The Honda CR-Z will be gaining much needed firepower under the bonnet thanks to the automaker’s performance division.
Autoblog reports Honda Performance Development has introduced an aftermarket supercharger kit good for boosting power from the hybrid’s 1.5-liter four to 197 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. The HPD kit also comes with an air-to-air intercooler, high-flow fuel injectors, a re-calibrated ECU that complies with CARB AT-PZEV rules, and an air filter.
The kit, priced at $5,495 plus the cost of dealer installation, is meant only for 2013 and 2014 CR-Zs with the six-speed manual funneling power to the front. If installed at a dealership, it also will maintain the vehicle’s 5-year/60,000-mile warranty balance. An optional limited-slip differential and sport clutch are available for $1,375 and $640, as well.
I still don't get why they never offered this car with a non-hybrid drivetrain and the excellent K24 engine. 200+ HP with no forced induction and probably a decent value proposition. Hybrid plus forced induction just seems like muddled design to me.
As the former owner of an '86 Crx Si....I get a little nostalgic seeing the handful of crz's around but I can't imagine buying one new. I guess there are probably at least a dozen or two guys with more nostalgia who'll open their wallets, maybe. In 20 years this will be an ultra rare model so get 'em now!
What this would be good for is buying a bargain slightly used model, as they are quite cheap. Then adding the power booster...
Supercharger? Sounds like "Wanna be" super car :D