At last, the Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe can be fitted with a supercharger kit developed by Honda Performance Development (HPD). Available at Honda dealers across the United States, the supercharger kit can be installed on the 2013MY and 2014MY CR-Z and boosts the total output from 130 hp to 197 hp.
Also, the kit will be offered exclusively for CR-Z models equipped with a manual transmission. According to the official press release, the kit includes an HPD air-to-air intercooler, high-flow fuel injectors, an ECU calibrated to meet CARB AT-PZEV regulations with 91 octane fuel and an HPD air filter system.
The suggested retail price of the HPD supercharger kit is $5,495 but this doesn’t include the dealer installation. Honda will continue to offer the 5 year / 60,000 mile limited powertrain warranty.
In addition, the CR-Z is available with optional HPD-developed limited slip differential as well as a sport clutch. Moreover, Honda offers chassis improvements such as HPD sport dampers, coil springs, 300 mm diameter disc brakes and 18-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport tires.
An optional graphics package is available too, as well as front lip and rear roof spoilers, rear diffuser and HPD badge.
The new Honda CR-Z sport compact hybrid is the final form of a project to create a sporty coupe for this century’s second decade. It boasts of compact dimensions, lightweight construction as well as aerodynamic design – all allowing the new CR-Z to not only improve its performance, but also reduce its fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.
The design of the new Honda CR-Z evokes the carmaker’s previous models through elements like the split level window and shallow sloping roof. These elements are combined with complex curves and scalloped panels – design cues that were impossible to mass-produce a few years ago.
In the modern times, vehicle design faces a number of restrictions, with the shape of new models heavily influenced by the increasing number of stricter regulations and policies. As for the CR-Z, Honda’s main hurdle was how to comply with pedestrian impact requirements and fit the 1.5-liter engine with IMA system while keeping the sleek low bonnet design of the initial concepts.
To hurdle this challenge, Honda's engineers cooperated with designers to lower the height of the engine, and to work on suspension and body hard points to ensure enough clearance for bonnet deformation.
Moreover, the wide and low stance of the new Honda CR-Z is highlighted on the front end by the atypical one-piece grille that goes above and below the front bumper line. This one-piece grille serves as a key element of the hybrid car's "face," which also includes the protruding section of the bonnet running from the top line to the base of the windscreen. The front end also features wide tapering headlights -- with daytime running lights integrated into the lower section -- extending towards the edges of the flared wheels arches.