Honda HPD Supercharged CR-Z Concept is the one we’ve been longing for

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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