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Honda Performance Department supercharges CR-Z in the US

Honda Performance Department supercharges CR-Z in the US image

Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Honda | posted August 22, 2014 07:08

It is a dealer-installed Honda Performance Development (HPD) kit

If the excellent handling and the fuel-saving measures of the Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe feel like it is just short on something, well maybe some more horsepower will do the trick.

Made by Honda Performance Development in the US, a supercharger kit is now available for the 2013 and 2014 CR-Z.  It will boost the powertrain output to 200 PS from the previous 132 PS.  The kit includes the HPD air-to-air intercooler, high-flow fuel injectors, an ECU calibrated to meet CARB AT-PZEV regulations with 91-octane fuel, the HPD air filter system and an HPD sport exhaust.

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The suggested retail price of the kit is $5,495, excluding dealer installation and considering this is engineered and backed by Honda, the price seems fair.  The HPD supercharger kit maintains the balance of customer's 5 year/ 60,000 mile Honda limited powertrain warranty when installed by a Honda dealer. The HPD supercharger kit is available exclusively for CR-Z manual transmission models and HPD has developed an optional limited slip differential and HPD sport clutch for those customers looking for an even higher level of performance.

Chassis improvements can be made using HPD sport dampers, coil springs with reduced ride height, 300mm diameter disc brakes and HPD 18-inch wheels fitted with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. To top it off, the CR-Z is completed by a graphics package including front lip and tail spoilers, rear diffuser and HPD badge.

Sadly it is a dealer-installed system that, for now, can only be found in Honda dealers across the US.

"The CR-Z was the first hybrid to prove that efficiency doesn't have to come at the cost of sportiness and fun.  With HPD street performance accessories, including the new supercharger kit, the CR-Z will surprise everyone again with even higher levels of performance directly inspired by our on-track racing efforts," said Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development.