Honda has really taken its time in getting an aftermarket supercharger kit for the CR-Z to enthusiasts in the US. It's finally on sale, though, and it makes you wonder if the hybrid hatchback shouldn't have had it from the day it went on sale.

The supercharger kit developed by Honda Performance Development boosts output from the CR-Z's 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine to 197 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque, according to Honda spokesperson Jessica Howell, an improvement of 67 hp and 36 lb-ft. It also adds an air-to-air intercooler, high-flow fuel injectors, a recalibrated ECU and new air filter for $5,495, before installation. However, the setup only works for six-speed manual transmission models from the 2013 and 2014 model years. If you want to take things even further, HPD is also offering an optional limited slip differential for $1,375 and sport clutch for $640, according to Howell.

Development of the supercharger kit has been ongoing for years. We first saw it on the CR-Z Mugen RZ in 2012 in Japan, in which it barely bumped power to 153 hp. Later at SEMA, Honda improved things to a more respectable 185 hp. Then in 2013, we actually got to drive an early version boasting 190 hp and found it a solid improvement over the stock powertrain. It appears Honda had some further tweaks to get things to the current 197 ponies. More good news: assuming you get the package installed at a dealer, the car maintains the balance of its 5 year/ 60,000 mile Honda limited powertrain warranty.

Is this too little too late, though? The CR-Z is already dead in Europe, and it makes you wonder how much longer it can stick around here. In the meantime, the supercharger kit does give the hybrid hatch something that it really needs – power to back up its sporty looks, though no mention is made of how the modification impacts fuel mileage. Scroll down to read HPD's full announcement about the supercharger.
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CR-Z Sport Hybrid Gets Supercharged with HPD Street Performance

08/21/2014 - TORRANCE, Calif.

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 (automobiles.honda.com/cr-z/hpd.aspx) 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.

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      Josh P
      • 4 Months Ago

      the most important questions is....will this sc fit the honda Fit.

        churchmotor
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Josh P

        the older Fit, yes it should FIT.  The Fit and CR-Z are the same L15 motor.  The 2015 Fit is an clean sheet all new motor, so NO.

      Paulevalence
      • 4 Months Ago

      I actually enjoy driving my girlfriend's cr-z. It's quick enough, has fun handling, and I enjoy having the speed boost button on the steering wheel (who doesn't love boost in video games?)  It also averages 38 mpg on regular fuel while being driven sportingly in the city, and sitting through Houston traffic. 

      The elite hyper cars are all becoming hybrids, f1 cars are hybrids, why shouldn't fun commuter cars be hybrids as well? The cr-z may have launched before the technology was ready, but it still isn't a bad car, much less "horrible and totally stupid!" lol.. 

      bK
      • 4 Months Ago

      Finally we get a real legit kit from factory! Now start selling those for the Fit or civic

      ffelix422
      • 4 Months Ago

      Hey Toyota & Subara, are you listening?

        loganandbutters
        • 4 Months Ago
        @ffelix422

        All these parts costs $7,510 + tax + labor.  Would you seriously buy one?

          Bob Sayer
          • 2 Months Ago
          @loganandbutters

          It costs $4999 installed.  Side Note:  I'm a bit confused by the reviewers who say "CRX was a fuel economy marvel".   I just looked at the EPA website which gives the 1988 CRX only 32 mpg combined.

          Color me unimpressed.  The hybrid version of the CRX  (CRZ) increases that to 38, so I don't understand why everyone seems to hate it?  It gains +6 mpg more than its parent, and yet still fun to drive with its high-torque engine + motor.

      randY49
      • 4 Months Ago

      Judging by these comments, about zero of you have driven a CR-Z.

      It's just too bad you can't finance it through Honda :)

        TooManyCars
        • 4 Months Ago
        @randY49

        Judging by your comments, you've never driven an FR-S or MX5

      Scooter
      • 4 Months Ago

      Love the car but the technology is too old. This kit would be a waste. The car was not designed to launch in any sporty manner. This kit would give you almost nothing for a huge price tag. The tech was good a few years back but it's become quite mediocre by today's standards.

      Ajr Ajr
      • 4 Months Ago

      this car needed a non hybrid version from the beginning, the supercharger kit just reinforces that

      Lachmund
      • 4 Months Ago

      why did it take that long?

      Daniel Wiseman
      • 4 Months Ago
      Take out the hybrid nonsense/weight/complexity, put in a half decent engine, and drop the price to something appropriate.  $16k for a small, light, two seat hatchback with ~180 or so horespower would have me signing papers right now
      Phontsolo
      • 4 Months Ago

      These automobile manufactures give us these under powered hatchbacks and then wonder why they don't sell as much as they probably should. Then when they realize it it's too late.

      When will this trend end?

      Robert Evans
      • 3 Months Ago

      Was actually looking at this kit to purchase since I'm in the market to buy a new car. However, I was looking at buying a used CRZ (10K) which are pretty cheap since the resale on these things seem to be horrid. So for under 16K, you can get a pretty decent little car. 30K is much too expensive new!

      TooManyCars
      • 4 Months Ago

      $5000 for 197hp on  a FWD car with terrible weight distribution that weighs 2700lbs and was originally designed for fuel economy.

      Stupid. 


      ....Mazda MX-5 + supercharger or turbo.. And call it a day....

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