If, like us, you were hoping the Honda CR-Z would be the perfect balance of sport and hybrid, then you were probably, like us
, disappointed to drive the real thing. Mixing what seems like the worst of both worlds, the CR-Z isn't exactly bad, but it's certainly uninspiring.
Jackson Racing seeks to make it about 40% less so, with the addition of a supercharger kit. Revealed this week, the kit adds 50 horsepower and 45 pound-feet of torque--or 40% more power and 38% more torque.
That yields a total output at the crank of about 172 horsepower and 173 pound-feet of torque, based on the factory 122 horsepower and 128 pound-feet with the six-speed manual transmission--which we certainly hope anyone considering this supercharger kit chose for their CR-Z.
For those of you concerned with your fuel economy, fear not: the kit doesn't harm fuel economy "when driven normally," according to Jackson Racing.
That doesn't mean it won't drink fuel like a frat boy in a beer pong contest when you're hammering it, but it should appease the sport/hybrid duality of its owners.
The kit ranges in price from $3,995 to $4,995 in various states of tune and completeness. For the full details, visit the official Jackson Racing page.