While we were at the Honda camp test-driving the new 2014 Civic Coupe we got to checkout and drive a new CR-Z that they had built with all the new HPD accessories including a new supercharger. Yes, you read that right. Honda... supercharger. We all know Honda rarely does forced induction so we were pretty excited to test this out. There's only been a few turbo cars from Honda before, mainly in Japan with the exception of the Acura RDX, but this is the first time we've seen a supercharged car at the dealership.
Being the first manual transmission hybrid car Honda took their little peppy CR-Z another level by offering the optional Honda Performance Develepment (HPD) supercharger upgrade. This no longer feels like a hybrid. It wasn't sluggish or slow by any means. I wouldn't go to say that it's a rocket and you break out a roll cage. But if you enjoy driving the normal CR-Z or you're considering one I'd highly suggest getting the HPD supercharger for it.
Other HPD accessories for the CR-Z include a sport tuned suspension, exhaust and diffuser kit, 18" alloy wheels, four-piston aluminum front calipers with larger slotted rotors, limited slip differential, high performance clutch, front lip, rear spoiler, and a decal/emblem kit. That lip kit is a must even if you don't do the supercharger!
2014 Honda CR-Z HPD w/ Supercharger
Power: 187hp, 171lb-ft
Engine: 1.5L supercharged inline 4-cylinder hybrid, HPD exhaust
Drivetrain: FWD, HPD helical LSD
Chassis: HPD sport suspension kit
Weight: estimated 2700 lbs.
Wheels/Tires: HPD 18" wheels
Brakes: HPD 4-piston front calipers and 11.8" slotted rotors
Exterior: HPD lip spoiler kit
Check out the other New Breed contenders:
2015 Subaru WRX
2014 Acura RLX & RLX Sport Hybrid
2014 Honda Civic Coupe
2014 Toyota Corolla