[home][rumors and news][model release matrix][dealer network][desktop calendar][exhaust notes][tov forums][links][search][sponsors][garage][login]

Tire Rack Upgrade Garage
 Search for a Dealer:
 Canadian Flag US Flag
 Honda Acura
 ZIP  
Acura
There are currently no active Acura promotions
Honda
There are currently no active Honda promotions
American Honda reports May 2020 sales
More.......................
2021 TLX Officially Revealed!
More.......................
Rumors confirmed: Double wishbones return for the 2021 Acura TLX!
More.......................
Reports: Honda's Swindon factory (Civic Type R factory) re-opening delayed until June 10
More.......................
Is the car in these spy photos the next-gen Civic Type R, or an ALL NEW ACURA INTEGRA??
More.......................
Acura revealing 2021 TLX Type S digitally on May 28, 2020
More.......................
Acura dropping RLX following 2020 model year
More.......................
Detroit-area Residents will be Transported to COVID-19 Testing in Modified Honda Odyssey Minivans
More.......................
IMA/Hybrids --> Re: Considering Accord Hybrid: Advice?
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: The CL72/77...
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: The OFF-TOPIC Music Thread
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Future Type S Models and Compact Sedan Confirmed
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: LISTEN TO THIS: Great scientific COVID assessment!!!!!
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Guages and Instrumentation Showcase
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Your garage of the past 120 years -- your choice
Join Discussion......
RDX --> Re: 2019 RDX air filter change
Join Discussion......
RDX --> 2019 RDX air filter change
Join Discussion......
Fuel Cell Technology --> Re: Bye Bye.
Join Discussion......
Element --> Re: Element vs. Ranger
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Hyundai 2021 Santa Fe
Join Discussion......
Classifieds: Buy & Sell --> Re: Type-R for Sale
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Porsche perfects the Cayman
Join Discussion......
Repair and Maintenance --> Alarm randomly goes off
Join Discussion......
Jump to:
article details
Author Shawn Church
Categories CR-Z, Factory Performance, Performance Parts, TOV First Drive
Create Date November 05, 2013 14:48
Last Update November 13, 2013 17:31
To CR-Z, or not to CR-Z?
Regular readers will already know that I'm not a huge fan of the CR-Z. Despite protestations from Honda that it wasn't a CRX replacement, the name choice, configuration, even the split rear window all invoked memories of Honda's timeless CRX and the CR-Z, by design (focused more on economy than performance), didn't live up to the CRX legend as several comparison tests showed.

But time marches on, and the aftermarket never sleeps. And thanks to the huge number of suppliers for aftermarket Honda parts, useful improvements for the CR-Z began to find their way into enthusiast hands. Hondata's FlashPro allowed customized tuning of the ECU (a first for a hybrid car as far as we know), and intake, exhaust and suspension modifications began to show up more frequently. Then, Oscar Jackson put together a Rotrex supercharger kit for the CR-Z that finally gave it enough power to be interesting for a substantially larger group of enthusiasts. You can read our review of that car here.

Unfortunately, the horsepower improvements offered by Jackson Racing exposed the other shortcomings of the CR-Z, namely its econocar suspension setup with a beam rear axle. Acceptable on smooth ground, on rough roads the increased speed provided by the supercharger made the CR-Z behave badly in corners. Which brings us to the HPD CR-Z.

The HPD car is the first in what this author hopes will be a long line of factory performance options. Most know HPD as the very successful purveyor of racing engines and parts for major series around the world including CART, Indycar, ALMS and more. Formerly a sub-brand of Honda Racing, HPD will now be taking on street performance and attempting to link up their track proven experience with streetable performance parts that still retain the Honda characteristics of reliability, durability, economy and fun.

That HPD has chosen the CR-Z as their first platform might seem unusual to some (it did to me initially), but it's also a challenge. If HPD can take a somewhat slow hybrid with inconsistent chassis behavior and transform it, then imagine what they can do with a more sophisticated Civic or Accord.

[Next Page]

reader's comments
Click Here to Submit Your Comments

Viewing Threshold (What is this?)

[fancy] [flat] [simple]
Subject Thread Originator Replies Last Post
  Fiesta ST vs HPD CR-Z
NSXman 12
  CR-Z vs. FRS/BRZ twins?
crx-man 5
  Someone has to ask
Pseudomaniac 0
  Handling with somewhat the same chassis...
IntegraDC5R 4
  Thanks Shawn and a question
iutodd 2
  Price?
DCR 6
Jump to:
TOV Photo Gallery: 2020 Chicago Auto Show
Read Article....................
TOV Photo Gallery: Honda and Acura at 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show
Read Article....................
TOV Photo Gallery: Other vehicles of 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show
Read Article....................
Photo Gallery: RealTime Racing's TOP secret Honda Collection Hall
Read Article....................
2019 Honda Passport PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
2019 Acura NSX PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
Contact TOV | Submit Your Article | Submit Your Link | Advertise | TOV Shop | Events | Our Sponsors | TOV Archives
Copyright © 2019 Velocitech Inc. All information contained herein remains the property of Velocitech Inc.
The Temple of VTEC is not affiliated with American Honda Motor Co., Inc. TOV Policies and Guidelines - Credits - Privacy Policy
30