Honda Performance Development, the factory aftermarket parts division of American Honda, has announced at the Specialty Equipment Market Association that it will start providing dealer-installed tuner kits that are also street-legal and compliant and warranty-backed. The Honda Performance Development unit will start small and low-key, offering only a performance kit for the Honda CR-Z hybrid hatchback stick-shift model, as the kit provides too much torque for the continuously variable transmission version.
For customers opting for the 200,000-rpm Rotrex centrifugal traction-drive supercharger paired to a Griffiths air-to-air intercooler, they should experience a drastic rise in output from 130 horsepower to a 187 horsepower. Handling kits, meanwhile, provide the modified CR-Z a European hot-hatch attitude, while still returning 42 mpg.
Philip LaPointe, manager of HPD Street Performance, told Automotive News in an interview last week that they didn't want to start with a volume that’s too high since they first have to know "who's going to build the parts and distribute them." He added that they need to get their dealers and logistics "up to speed." LaPointe is hoping that go-fast parts for mainstream models will become available in the next few years.
He noted that an HPD kit for the Civic will only be available when the next generation of the compact car arrives in spring 2016. LaPointe remarked that the dream scenario is to have performance parts available at the new-product launch. Despite providing hints that Fit owners want to modify subcompacts, he refused to say if HPD would offer tuner parts when the redesigned Fit starts arriving next summer. [source: Honda]