Car hacks / Mods HKS + Honda CRZ = Seriously Fun Hybrid

Published on August 25th, 2010 | by Jo Borrás

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HKS + Honda CRZ = Seriously Fun Hybrid

When Honda first announced the CRZ Hybrid, they promised a spiritual successor to the “totally 80’s” CRX Si—a car that set the standard for small, fun-to-drive commuters.

When the final production version debuted, many felt that the CRZ program had failed. The new car was slower, heavier, and fuel economy was lagging behind the 80’s CRX… not exactly a recipe for automotive fun.

ENTER: HKS (let the fun begin!).

HKS has a long history of making ordinary cars much more dangerous fun. Recently, HKS turned its attention towards Honda’s new CRZ hybrid, adding an HKS-developed supercharger and intake system to boost the gas-engine’s power output and increase the car’s “fun factor” without losing the around-town EV capability or negatively affecting mileage at highway cruise.

As always, HKS’ results are impressive:

Power is up from 122 hp to a much more enthusiastic 170 hp, thanks to a purpose built HKS supercharger, and—if the 16 second “teaser” video released by HKS last week (below) is to be believed—the small car’s top speed is now 169 kph, making it one of the fastest commercially-available hybrids on the market!

HKS is expected to release full details on kit pricing this October, with installation available at select Honda dealers. If the production package lives up to the prototype’s promise, Honda dealers might find they have a sporty green(er) alternative to offer Mustang, Camaro, and Volkswagen GTi shoppers.

PHOTO CREDITS: HKS Japan, Autoblog.



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  • Adam

    Uhhhh riiiiiight…. 30 to 169mph in about 2 seconds.. riiiiiight… only a no-load dyno *maybe*..

  • Adam

    Uhhhh riiiiiight…. 30 to 169mph in about 2 seconds.. riiiiiight… only a no-load dyno *maybe*..

  • Adam

    Uhhhh riiiiiight…. 30 to 169mph in about 2 seconds.. riiiiiight… only a no-load dyno *maybe*..

  • Verde

    169 km per hour

  • Verde

    169 km per hour

  • Verde

    169 km per hour

  • http://sunshinesupercars.blogspot.com Jo Borras

    Good catch, guys! I’d assumed a no-load to avoid cooking the electric motor, but it looks like a 4th gear 169 KM run, per my HKS guy in Michigan … but he’s standing by the top speed number!

  • http://sunshinesupercars.blogspot.com Jo Borras

    Good catch, guys! I’d assumed a no-load to avoid cooking the electric motor, but it looks like a 4th gear 169 KM run, per my HKS guy in Michigan … but he’s standing by the top speed number!

  • http://www.nickparks.org nick

    … why did the engine shut down like that after reaching the rev limiter? I have little experience with dynos, but that’s not normal… is it?

    Regardless that thing sounds like a baby f1 kart.

  • http://www.nickparks.org nick

    … why did the engine shut down like that after reaching the rev limiter? I have little experience with dynos, but that’s not normal… is it?

    Regardless that thing sounds like a baby f1 kart.

  • joe

    169 KPH = 105 MPH. Not mindblowing. You know how much hp it takes to go 169 mph? More than 170hp.

    Also, watch the video carefully, and try to guess how much it was sped up… 2x? 3x? 4x? Honda CRZ does not sound like F1. Sorry.

    I’m not a hater. I like the CRZ. Just dont send out wrong info. Makes certain people look stupid.

  • joe

    169 KPH = 105 MPH. Not mindblowing. You know how much hp it takes to go 169 mph? More than 170hp.

    Also, watch the video carefully, and try to guess how much it was sped up… 2x? 3x? 4x? Honda CRZ does not sound like F1. Sorry.

    I’m not a hater. I like the CRZ. Just dont send out wrong info. Makes certain people look stupid.

  • joe

    169 KPH = 105 MPH. Not mindblowing. You know how much hp it takes to go 169 mph? More than 170hp.

    Also, watch the video carefully, and try to guess how much it was sped up… 2x? 3x? 4x? Honda CRZ does not sound like F1. Sorry.

    I’m not a hater. I like the CRZ. Just dont send out wrong info. Makes certain people look stupid.

  • http://Web Káiser

    My Crz full speed is 221 km/h…. 0 to 100km in 8.7 sec …. Believe it or not

    I Love my Cr-z …..

    • http://www.saloncolourdirect.co.uk David Clark

      NOT

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