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From cute hybrid to hot hatch: Trackside with the HPD supercharged Honda CR-Z

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Postby Fenrigis В» 02.11.2019

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We take a look at the upgrades on the track at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The Honda CR-Z is certainly sporty, but it's certainly no sports car. I was even more surprised when it turned out that the little Honda turned out to be one of the most fun cars on the track that day.

It turns out that this particular CR-Z has been modified with a host of bolt-on performance parts from Honda Performance Development HPD , the automaker's aftermarket parts and racing division. We sat down with HPD find out how any CR-Z owner can literally supercharge their Honda, transforming it from a loveable little hybrid into a bonafide hot hatchback.

First, HPD addresses handling and grip upgrades. That new exhaust should flow better, freeing a bit of extra power, but it mostly sounds pretty good at full throttle with a deeper, raspier tone than stock. Next, HPD adds lots and lots of power! The kit replaces the stock intake with a centrifugal-type supercharger breathing through an air-to-air intercooler. The supercharger leaves the IMA electric motor and lithium ion battery pack untouched, so the CR-Z retains all of its the hybrid functionality.

I've heard no word on how the new additions affect the CR-Z's 31 city, 38 highway and 34 combined mpg estimates. The forced induction system boosts the total system power of the 1. That's nearly a 70 horsepower jump over the hybrid's stock horses.

At time of my testing, the model year is currently awaiting emissions certification of the ECU software required for supercharger compatibility. At this point, we've bolted on nearly the entire HPD catalog of street performance accessories.

The last step is the most important one: hit the road or the track. I was lucky enough to get a chance at the latter around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The stock CR-Z's handling was already pretty good, but the augmentations push it to another level. Available grip was excellent, making for confident cornering.

The front-driver's tendency toward understeer is still present and could be felt as I explored the broad performance envelope, but the push is easily corrected once noticed and satisfying rotation around the short wheelbase is just a brush of trail braking away.

I found the HPD CR-Z was an easy car to drive quickly, thanks to its responsive steering and improved steering wheel feedback. Many say that the standard CR-Z's hybrid powertrain is its weak point. To be fair, I've not driven a stock CR-Z since , so my comparative memory is a bit hazy.

However, the forced induction of about 70 horses goes a very long way toward fixing any issues that I may have had in the past. The supercharger completely transforms the CR-Z. The hybrid pulls effortlessly off of the line, its electric torque handling the first few feet before handing off seamlessly to the compressor.

Acceleration is linear and rapid -- there's hardly a flat spot in the CR-Z's torque curve -- which helps the hatchback take advantage of its improved grip to rocket out of corners. It's certainly as much fun as any of those cars. The CR-Z's sport seats could use more bolstering for the track, but may be supportive enough for the street.

I also found the pedal placement made heel-and-toeing tricky and inaccurate, which is a shame because Honda's shifter is as fantastic as ever. Rowing gears is light and effortless without feeling at all vague. After multiple sessions, I found that I preferred the modified Honda over the other hot FWD rides available for laps at the Mazda Raceway event, including one of my favorites: the Fiat Abarth.

Few cars at the track day experience were as unique, as oddball awesome, or as talked about as the little supercharged hybrid and everyone who took a spin in the HPD CR-Z walked away with a huge grin plastered on their face. The twist is that this is the CR-Z that Honda did build; there's just some assembly required. Well, some assembly and a whole lot of cash. Installation is not included. Get those go-faster bits installed at a Honda-certified dealer and they'll come with a 3-year or 36,mile warranty.

Do the installation yourself and you'll save some money up front, but you'll also be shortening the warranty to just 12 months. Honda also points out that a dealer install for the supercharger is the only way to maintain the balance of the CR-Z's five-year or 60,mile Honda limited powertrain warranty. No, it probably doesn't make a whole lot of sense to run out and buy a new Honda CR-Z and a full suite of bolt-ons today. However, taken piece by piece over years of ownership, the HPD accessories are excellent upgrades for current CR-Z owners who want to get more performance out of their hybrid hatch.

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Postby Teshakar В» 02.11.2019

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Postby Kenris В» 02.11.2019

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Postby Mausho В» 02.11.2019

The last step is the most important one: hit the road or the track. The supercharger leaves the IMA electric motor and lithium ion battery pack untouched, modded modved CR-Z crz all of its the hybrid functionality. A new supercharger upgrade from Honda Performance Development won't placate the greens but it does at least give the CR-Z some of the pep it's always cried out for.

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