Honda CR-Z gets the go to match the show with supercharger option - w/video

Honda has released a dealer-installed supercharger kit that will finally deliver some performance to match the CR-Z's looks. Enthusiasts wanted to embrace the CR-Z, but the anemic 130 hp hybrid powertrain put off many potential buyers. What Honda needed was a performance upgrade for the CR-Z and it is here, sort of. Honda's HPD (Honda Performance Development) group has developed a long list of performance upgrades for the CR-Z including a supercharger kit that ups engine output to 197 hp. The super kit is available for 2013-14 CR-Zs equipped with manual transmissions and your warranty is not affected since the kit is dealer installed. HPD performance bits include the high-efficiency centrifugal supercharger; HPD air-to-air intercooler; high-flow fuel injectors; an ECU calibrated to meet CARB AT-PZEV regulations with 91 octane fuel; HPD air filter system; and an HPD sport exhaust (approx. $5,500+). Special wheels, a hi-per clutch, and a limited-slip diff are also on the offing. Now comes the big question...why doesn't Honda offer this as a special model from the factory? The quick uninformed answer (read guess) is probably emissions regulations and fuel economy standards. Also, Honda can charge more for the separate kits than it probably could for a complete model. It's a shame cuz I bet lots of folks would be interested in a complete model from the factory as opposed to a piece-meal, dealer-installed set-up. The big shame is that the CR-Z just might get canceled if things don't pick up. Honda, you have no one to blame but yourselves. The CR-Z offered baby sheep performance wrapped in a wolf suit. Couldn't you have offered the performance that the car's design promised along with an energy-efficient option? Time will tell...

Source: Honda - Press release after the "read more" jump.

Press Release:
CR-Z Sport Hybrid Gets Supercharged with HPD Street Performance

  • Accessory supercharger kit boosts powertrain output to 197 hp
  • Full range of CR-Z street performance parts from HPD now on sale
Supercharged performance for the street is now available in the Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe through a new dealer-installed Honda Performance Development (HPD) supercharger kit. Best known as Honda's North American racing company, HPD developed a full line of street performance accessories for the CR-Z and first revealed them at the 2013 SEMA Show. With the debut of the supercharger kit this month, all of the HPD street performance components for the CR-Z are now available at Honda dealers in the United States.

"The CR-Z was the first hybrid to prove that efficiency doesn't have to come at the cost of sportiness and fun," said Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development. "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."

Available for the 2013 and 2014 CR-Z, the HPD supercharger kit boosts total powertrain output to 197 hp1 (vs. 130 hp in the stock 2013 and 2014 CR-Z with manual transmission) and includes the HPD air-to-air intercooler, high-flow fuel injectors, an ECU calibrated to meet CARB AT-PZEV regulations with 91 octane fuel and the HPD air filter system. Honda's Suggested Retail Price of the kit is $5,495, not including dealer installation, which is priced similarly to popular aftermarket supercharger kits but is engineered and backed by Honda. 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.

When equipped with available HPD street performance accessories, the CR-Z ( can feature a variety of track-proven, street-reliable performance upgrades. HPD-developed powertrain modifications – tested on-track – include a high-efficiency centrifugal supercharger; HPD air-to-air intercooler; high-flow fuel injectors; an ECU calibrated to meet CARB AT-PZEV regulations with 91 octane fuel; HPD air filter system; and HPD sport exhaust. Chassis improvements include 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. The CR-Z is completed by a graphics package including front lip and tail spoilers, rear diffuser and HPD badge.

1 2013 and 2014 CR-Z estimated SAE Net horsepower. Output will vary by individual vehicle.