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Honda CR-Z Launched With Factory Supercharger

  • 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.

Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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