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The staunchest Honda geeks among us have always wanted the CR-Z to be a great car, even if its particular blend of performance and fuel economy have not exactly been sales gold for the Japanese automaker.

How to reconcile this incongruence in the car's character? Supercharge the sucker and ignore the hybrid aspect altogether, naturally. Check and mate.

The automaker's Honda Performance Division (HPD) has done just what enthusiasts – and more than a few tuners – have been expecting since the model's inception... they've made the CR-Z a lot quicker. The addition of the headlining supercharger as well as an intercooler, high-flow injectors and a recalibrated ECU have netted the car a total of 185 horsepower and 169 pound-feet of torque. The suspension, wheel/tire package and and brakes have been revised to round out the performance offerings.

Honda is just calling this concept an "exploration of the performance potential of the CR-Z Sport Hybrid" for right now, but we'd vote (do we get a vote?) that they just break down and build the damn thing.


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      Scooter
      • 2 Years Ago
      I own this car and love it to death. I know its not turbo fast, but its power is more than adequate. I find that people that havent spent any time in this car love to knock it and rant about a review they read online as if they wrote themselves. People love my silver CR-Z, they often say the interior is like a space ship. For the money they give superior interior quality that I havent been able to find on anything else. Even Honda's famous Civic Si doesnt look nearly as good as the CRZ inside. A 185 hp engine would be great, just hope the price wont be over $27k.
      Felspawn
      • 2 Years Ago
      finally the CRX "Si" the one that should have been available from the start. and Kudoes for having a tasteful appearance unlike all the Mugen CRZ concepts you see.
      EVnerdGene
      • 2 Years Ago
      CRZ 6-speed owner here. Take 500 pounds off, and it would be perfect. OK, maybe double the IMA pack (both power and energy). Kick butt a plenty nuff.
        Smoking_dude
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EVnerdGene
        there are mod to the ima pack. add some liion pouch cells, trick the ima that the battery is full, and you are done. saw one on the 2nd insight. was a neat conversion
      domingorobusto
      • 2 Years Ago
      So is this still a hybrid? Your statement above makes it seem like it's not, but they still have the IMA badging all over the engine cover. But if they did remove the IMA, this is exactly what needed to happen since day one. I think the roots supercharger was a good idea as well. One of the few positives about the CR-Z's drivetrain is it's torquey, punchy nature from the low end torque hit the motor assist gives, and a supercharger would maintain that feeling nicely. Here's hoping this is a vision of a future production model, to properly realize the dream that was the CRZ.
      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Honda again give us the bar minimum. Dont waste your time on this car it can only be but so much faster then stock. Waste of money and investment. Toyota giving up supercharged GS350 and a TRD avalon and your workin on makin a slow car faster but its still gonna be slow.
      David L
      • 2 Years Ago
      Its just a honda..... move on.....
      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      This should be a trim level from the factory. Period.
      sinistro79
      • 2 Years Ago
      As bad as they've become in recent years, there are still occasional glimpses of how great Honda can be. The NSX concept is one and this Supercharged CR-Z is another. I hope Honda can get back on its feet and start offering the kind of "value for your buck" that they use to.
        IBx27
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sinistro79
        The "NSX" concept is an automatic-only, heavy, AWD, hybrid, computer. You sit in it, press a button, and it goes forward. The real NSX is a featherweight driver's car that still rivals the likes of many automatic-only 'supercars' being produced today. The CR-Z would be great if it had a K20 and no hybrid. These factory performance versions from Mugen and HPD cost $50,000 for less than 200hp after all is said and done.
          GT2000
          • 2 Years Ago
          @IBx27
          Sounds like you have insider information. What is the new NSX weight?
          whatever
          • 2 Years Ago
          @IBx27
          Heavy does not equal pig. Just needs more scoot to go fast.
          IBx27
          • 2 Years Ago
          @IBx27
          Heavy equals pig when you decide to do something other than drive in a straight line.
          bazinga
          • 2 Years Ago
          @IBx27
          @IBx27 The Nissan GT-R disagrees. It's the heaviest in it's class with a modest (relative) amount of power but accelerates and changes direction better than cars double its cost.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      It failed as a hybrid, make it succeed as a Sports coupe
        A_Guy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Shiftright
        Nice try, but the average on Fuelly is much higher than any non-hybrid it's size.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still no K20? Jeez...
        A_Guy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        If that's all that's stopping you from buying one, then just get one and mod it. ...But I have the feeling you never had any intention of buying one anyways.
          IBx27
          • 2 Years Ago
          @A_Guy
          I would consider it if it had a K20, but I'm set on the Focus ST as the replacement for my EP3.
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