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by Jay Traugott
A couple of visually enhanced Accords are one thing. A supercharged 189 horsepower CR-Z concept is another matter entirely.
Honda fans have been critical of their beloved automaker of late for not being at the top of its game. Gone are models such as the S2000 roadster and more compact (read: sportier and more fun to drive) Accords with their replacements nowhere to be seen. However, if its SEMA display cars are anything to go by, Honda has taken note of that criticism and is working on putting things right. Beginning this spring, the all-new 2013 Accord Coupe will be available with the limited edition Honda Factory Performance (HFP) package.
No power upgrades were made under the hood, instead Honda concentrated on giving give the coupe some much-needed visual flare. Just 500 special edition models will be built, sporting 19-inch alloy wheels, decklid spoiler, a sport suspension and front, side and rear underbody spoilers, along with interior touches such as red illumination, floor mats and HFP badges. The Accord Sedan is also on display with a new X-Package featuring the same body spoilers as the HFP Coupe as well as a sportier grille and rear-wing spoiler. But what has truly caught our attention is the CR-Z HPD Concept.
As the CR-Z has never quite lived up to its potential we're hoping this concept will find its way to showrooms. Why exactly? One word: supercharged. The Honda Performance Division (HPD) may only be calling it "a further exploration of the performance potential" of the model, but this could be the CR-Z we've always wanted. HPD added a supercharger and an intercooler along with a remapped ECU that brings total output to 189 horsepower and 169 lb-ft of torque. Allied to that are upgraded brakes and an improved suspension, wheels and tires. In theory, it sounds great. All we can do now is wait and see whether the performance trim becomes a reality.