Honda Supercharger Kit Brings Horsepower to the CR-Z
The Honda faithful have been pleading for a company-backed supercharger for years, and now they’ve got one … for the CR-Z. Developed by Honda Performance Development (HPD), the supercharger kit boosts the CR-Z’s 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine up to 197 horsepower, a substantial gain of 67 horsepower. The treatment includes an air-to-air intercooler, high-flow fuel injectors, an optimized ECU tune, and a new air filter. PHOTOS: See More of the 2013 Honda CR-Z Mugen RZ
The price for all this forced induction? A not-so-cheap $5,495, which doesn’t include dealer installation and only applies to 2013 and 2014 CR-Z models equipped with a manual transmission. On a positive note, though, the kit maintains the owner’s 5-year/60,000 mile Honda powertrain warranty. For those looking for even more performance, Honda will also offer an optional limited slip differential and sport clutch for the CR-Z.
But the question – at least from a business standpoint – remains, ‘Why now?’ The CR-Z has already met its end in Europe and its current year-to-date sales figures in the US rank the hybrid hatch behind the Honda Insight, which has already been killed off for 2015.
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