• Honda offering dealer-installed supercharger on CR-Z hybrid
  • Supercharger adds 67 hp to CR-Z standard 4-cylinder
  • Supercharger available now for $5,495 extra

The Honda CR-Z will soon be available with some extra horsepower. That's the latest from Honda, which says that a newly optional dealer-installed supercharger will boost the hybrid hatchback's power by a whopping 67 horses -- an increase of more than 50 percent.

The new supercharger will likely come as good news to CR-Z fans because a chief complaint regarding the hybrid hatchback relates to its engine power. Despite its sporty styling and 2-seat layout, the CR-Z only offers 130 hp -- only good enough for a mediocre 0-to-60 time in the mid-8-second range.

That will change with the supercharger. According to Honda, the dealer-installed option will increase power from 130 horses to a whopping 197 -- a figure that leaves it just shy of Honda's other high-performance model, the 205-hp Civic Si. Because of its lighter weight and smaller size, the CR-Z may end up being even faster.

Of course, the supercharger will negatively affect the hybrid CR-Z in one key area: fuel economy. Although Honda hasn't announced official numbers, drivers who opt for the supercharger will likely see a dramatic decline from the car's current figures of 31 miles per gallon in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.

Drivers who opt for the supercharger will also pay a hefty premium for the extra power: Honda says that the option will cost $5,495 plus tax, bringing the base price of a supercharged CR-Z well above $25,000 with shipping. There is, however, some good news: Power-hungry car shoppers won't have to wait to get the supercharger: Honda says it's available at dealers right now.

What it means to you: For an extra $5,495, the Honda CR-Z can now be ordered with a substantial jolt of extra power.

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Doug DeMuro has a wide range of automotive industry experience, from work at a Ferrari dealership to a manager for Porsche North America. A lifelong car enthusiast, Doug's eclectic vehicle purchases include a Porsche 911 Turbo, an E63 AMG wagon, an old Range Rover and a Mercedes Benz G-wagen.

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