The Honda CR-Z was a disappointment for many Honda enthusiasts when it debuted at the 2008 Detroit auto show, as this underpowered hybrid coupe struggled to live up to its billing as a reborn CRX. At last year’s SEMA show Honda announced a supercharger kit for the CR-Z in an attempt to jump-start this sporty-looking coupe’s performance, and the kit is now available for any 2013-2014 Honda CR-Z with a manual transmission.
This Honda Performance Development (HPD) kit boosts the CR-Z’s 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine to 197 hp, a significant increase from the standard car’s 130 hp. Along with the supercharger, the kit also includes an HPD intercooler, high-flow fuel injectors, an HPD air filter, and a recalibrated ECU that allows the supercharged CR-Z to still meet partial zero-emissions vehicle regulations.
This new official output of 197 hp is 10 hp higher than when Honda originally announced the HPD kit last November, and Honda has also announced the official price of the kit as $5495, not including installation. Adding the HPD kit does not mean sacrificing the warranty, as customers will benefit from the full powertrain warranty if the kit is installed at a Honda dealer.
That price may sound like a lot of money for a 67-hp boost, but given the Honda CR-Z’s low starting price of $20,785, an HPD-equipped CR-Z would be in roughly the same price ballpark as the $25,470 Scion FR-S and $26,490 Subaru BRZ.
For any interested 2013-2014 Honda CR-Z customers, the HPD supercharger kit is now on sale through Honda Performance Development, along with other accessories for the CR-Z like a sport clutch and a limited-slip differential.