Honda revealed its plans to release a Honda Performance Development-tuned, supercharged CR-Z at the 2013 SEMA Show, but none of the official specifications were released. Only a rough estimate of 187 horsepower was initially passed along by the automaker. Honda did, however, dive into the other bits that HPD offered for the CR-Z, like 300-mm (11.8-inch) front rotors with four-piston calipers, a 10-mm (0.39-inch) lower ride height, 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Y-rated rubber, an advanced limited-slip diff, a carbon semi-metallic clutch, a front lip spoiler, a sports exhaust kit, a rear spoiler, and an upgraded set of springs. Those are all awesome additions, but the real news is in the supercharger that takes the CR-Z from a kind of sporty hybrid to a true performance hatch.
With all of the testing completed, Honda found that this HPD-built supercharger kit took the CR-Z’s output to 197 horsepower at 6,250 rpm and 176 pound-feet of torque at 4,850 rpm. That’s a healthy increase of 67 horsepower and 36 pound-feet of twist. With this supercharger kit comes a pulley set, an oil cooler, an HPD air box, an HPD air-to-air intercooler, high-flow fuel injectors, an HPD washer bottle, and an ECU flash to help tie it all into the existing electronics and maintain its AT-PZEV rating. Keep in mind that this supercharger kit is only available for the manual transmission-equipped CR-Z.
While the output jump is rather impressive, I think the most outstanding part is how inexpensive the supercharger kit is. All in, less installation, the kit will run you $5,495. On top of that, you get to keep the full warranty on your CR-Z, even if you have this kit installed after purchasing your car.
Honda did not get into the actual performance of the supercharged CR-Z, but considering it hits 60 mph in just under eight seconds from the showroom, I think 7.5 seconds is a safe estimate.
This supercharger kit and all the HPD goodies are now available for fitment on the 2013 or 2014 CR-Z.