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Kaku Mian wrote on December 26, 2020 – 7:47pm Permalink Trying to prepare a Ridgeline for 3 Rallies in Pakistan. This will be a first for a Ridgeline to race against Tacoma's, Hilux and similar trucks in off road semi arid conditions. Is there a reliable turbo or supercharger available. Any other suggestions would be appreciated. reply

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Why Should You Supercharge a Honda?

Generally, Hondas are pretty hot rides at the outset. That’s perfectly understandable given the company’s long history with racing. Ever since the 1960s, the Honda Motor Company has been one of the major players in motorsport. The manufacturer’s cars frequently dominate the tracks in a variety of racing events, from Formula One, Super GT, WTCR, and Indycar to rallycross, offroad, and the drag strip.

Moreover, some of the best Honda sports cars for most of those purposes are the legendary S800, Civic Type R, Integra Type R, S2000, and the famous NSX. You probably know those models for their power, speed, precise steering, and aerodynamic bodies. Plus, they have impeccable handling and offer an uncompromising racing experience.

There’s no question that Hondas are performance cars, and we can see that with the triumphant S2000. The earlier models of this sports car have an engine that spins to 9,000 and outputs 237 hp. While that is certainly a sufficient amount of juice for the track, any racer who wants to unleash the full potential of their Honda can soup it up with a supercharger.

The result? Well, you’ll get a linear power curve and boost that delivers impressive results on the street and on the track.

CR Z Supercharger and Other Honda Vehicles

Let’s use this hybrid hatchback as an example to further illustrate the benefits of supercharger kits. Namely, the Honda CR-Z was introduced in 2010, and it redefined the concept of affordable hybrids.

While the car boasts beautiful engineering, its sporty performance is a bit underwhelming. If you want to upgrade it, you can find a made-for-measure supercharger kit. This kit increases power to nearly 200 hp compared to the stock 130 hp.

Back in 2015, Honda even released its own dealer-installed supercharger kit for the CR-Z. Either way, a supercharger on a CR-Z will give you a 25% increase in power and torque while offering easy installation. Since the kit is a perfect fit for the CR-Z, you will not have to overhaul your car completely to get the desired effect. Plus, the sport hybrid coupe is built to handle forced induction, and a supercharger will not damage it.

Engine Displacement Type Horsepower Torque
Gasoline 1.5-liter LEA l4 111-112 hp 106 lb-ft
Electric MF6 14 horsepower 58 lb-ft

Alternatively, you can easily supercharge a Civic to get a 6-8 psi boost. And with a Honda S2000, a Civic supercharger will give you a 100 horsepower gain. If you prefer to stick to pickup trucks, the chances are that you’ll have to skip the Ridgeline and install a supercharger in another model. The Chevy Silverado and the Ford F-150 are some of the most popular choices for installing superchargers.

Photo Credit: VividRacing. CR Z supercharger
Photo Credit: VividRacing. CR Z supercharger

How much does the Honda Ridgeline Type R cost?

2021 Honda Ridgeline | Honda
2021 Honda Ridgeline | Honda

We’re still waiting to learn more, but the 2022 Honda Ridgeline Type R is expected to begin at about $50,000. This would make the Type R more expensive than the Black Edition Honda Ridgeline, which is currently the top trim level. 

But the interior and exterior upgrades will be worth it. A sporty steering wheel, leather seats, Type R badging, and contrast stitching will make things pop. The layout will remain close to its current setup but could include more advanced and driver-focused tech. 

The additional standard features could include a bigger tachometer. Plus, a clutch pedal and a new gearbox could be available. This makes us wonder if a manual transmission is in the works. At the least, paddle shifters are expected. 

The new Ridgeline Type R is expected to be available at the beginning of 2022, so we could learn more by the end of the summer. This truck already has one of the smoothest and sportier rides available, so the racing additions will really take things up a gear. 

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