Honda CR-Z HPD Supercharger Kit Boosts Hybrid Powertrain to 197 HP

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.

Honda needs to kill this car off already and try again. Having a stock 30 year old 1985 CRX Si be faster than your brand new CRZ is a colossal fail on Honda's part. The fact that they even spent the resources on developing these bolt on parts rather than fixing the CRZ's flaws shows exactly what is wrong with Honda.How loudly do we have to scream to ditch the weak hybrid junk and drop in a K20 / K24?!
"...This underpowered hybrid coupe struggled to live up to its billing as a reborn CRX" Wrong! It authentically lives up to "reborn CRX." I don't understand why people think the old CRX was a speed demon. I was shopping for my first car in 1984 when the CRX was introduced. It was a high-mileage, underpowered, tiny, economy car--it only had 58 horsepower but got 52 mpg on the highway. The CR-Z in a high-mileage, underpowered, tiny, economy car (only this time, it's a hybrid). If Ford reintroduced the Pinto, would folks complain because it lacked the high horsepower of the original?

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