Jackson Racing, the guys who have been modifying and racing Hondas (and Acuras) for more than thirty years, have announced the arrival of a new supercharger system for the Honda CR-Z equipped with a six-speed manual transmission. The bolt-on blower may effectively address the primary complaint lodged against the frugal two-seater, its lack of sporty grunt. According to the California-based tuner, the supercharger (providing eight psi of boost) effectively boosts output of the 1.5-liter gasoline-fed four-cylinder from 113 horsepower and 106 pound-feet of torque to 163 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque.
Coupled with the brushless DC electric assist motor (Jackson Racing says the Honda IMA hybrid system works seamlessly with the supercharger) the combined power rating jumps to 172 horsepower and 168 pound-feet of torque. The stock CR-Z is classified as an Advanced Technology-Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV). To retain the rating, Jackson Racing has reportedly spent the past eight months refining emissions to obtain the necessary exemptions from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) – certification is pending.
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