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[EN][VIDEO] Power me up: CR-Z by HPD

For the love that I personally have for this car, deceived by the standard motorization, but happy to see that some tuners are still trying to make it worth – ladies and gents, I present to you Honda CR-Z , official version signed Honda Performance Development (HPD).

The HPD presented the CR-Z at SEMA Show, in Las Vegas, last month and with a total output of 190 HP and 235 Nm torque, this version in particular makes the CR-Z worth, I mean it,  and it‘s the first time when HPD offers a non-racing package to a street-use car, making us very-very happy … At least I am very happy!

What’s the secret inside? Well, supercharger is the name, that “not-so-little” detail that makes the CR-Z to boost over the boring factory setup – I don’t need to remind you that at origins, this car is a hybrid which produces a maximum power of 130 HP.

The supercharger adds some adrenaline to the setup, but the hot-hatch feeling it’s given by the whole combination of elements – the air-to-air intercooler, high flow injectors, re-calibrated ECU, air filter system; the chassis was improved also – dampers, coil springs and the big brake kit with 300 mm discs and monobloc four-piston calipers, the clutch was upgraded and a limited-slip differential was also installed. The HPD version is rolling on 18 inches alloy and 215/40 Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.

The style changes are sleek and discrete – HPD front lip spoiler, rear deck lid spoiler and an HPD emblem kit. Like I said – they keep it clean.

All this modifications were tested on-track at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb – and they successfully passed all exams. On the other hand, the price list is kind of spicy – almost everything I enlisted before is reaching 6600 $, adding also the cost of the supercharger – the price for this has not been yet listed by HPD. 

We all know that passion comes with its costs, for sure, but hell, if we don’t take time to enjoy our passions, our lives would be kind of stirred and… boring.

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[EN] Rumors has it: boosted CR-Z to come

Honda CR-Z, a very beautiful but dull car – nice clothes but wrong engine. Looks like this affirmation made the engineers at Honda to entirely rethink the model, so voices inside Honda are whispering that the next generation will be based on the Civic Type-R (yes, the new one), will be turbocharged and will be a direct competitor of the GT86 & BRZ.

Nothing official yet, but the Australian publication Motoring affirmed that it may be possible that the new engine will feature a hybrid turbo-charged 1.5 liter, with a total output of 224 HP (165 Kw) – in comparison with the power of the actual hybrid – 137 HP – and  a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. As I said before, we are talking about a combination between the hybrid and turbo system, combination that will improve the fuel consumption and generate a higher torque.

If everything goes well, we will have this beauty on the streets starting with 2016. I hope everything will do!