The old Honda CR-X was zippy due to its light-weight body structure, not so much on the new Honda CR-Z. From day one, we can feel that it is under powered from its hybrid powertrain. Mugen tuner recently has come out with its limited-run turbocharged version, but Honda is looking to mass produce its own supercharged version, so the company is introducing its latest supercharged CR-Z concept at the SEMA Show. Will we see it trickle down to a production model? Definitely, yes on this one.
The new supercharged Honda CR-Z concept displayed at the 2012 SEMA Show was developed by Honda Performance Division (HPD), which gets a supercharger added to the 1.5-liter engine along with a sport exhaust system to produce about 185 hp and 169 lb-ft (up from 122 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque). And that’s plenty of horses to zip around town.
To improve handling and greater stopping power, Honda also added a sport suspension, extra-duty braking system, and a new set of alloy wheels.
According to the company, the supercharged Honda CR-Z is “a further exploration of the performance potential of the CR-Z Sport Hybrid,” which we like to translate as a production model will be near in the future.
Before Honda releases a turbocharged CR-Z, the company has just unveiled its revised CR-Z hybrid hatchback. The new 2013 Honda CR-Z promises even better performance and fuel economy while starting price is just under $20,000. The base model 2013 CR-Z is priced at $19,975 and $21,655 for the CR-Z EX, plus a $790 destination charge on both prices.
The biggest improvements for the 2013 Honda CR-Z include a new lithium-ion battery pack (has 15 kW higher than previously Ni-MH) to provide total power output of 130 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque (an increase of 8 hp and 12 lb-ft of torque). Fuel economy is now rated at 31 mpg city and 38 mpg highway, but it is even better when equipped with a CVT (continuous variable transmission), which is rated at 36 mpg city and 39 mpg hwy. There is also the Plus Sport System that gives the hybrid system an extra boost of acceleration with a push of a button.
For the exterior changes, the 2013 Honda CR-Z gets a few subtle changes, such as revised front fascia, optional LED daytime running lights, new wheels and a rear diffuser.
The new 2013 Honda CR-Z hybrid hatchback goes on sale this week in the U.S., so check out the new photos we have added in the above.