How hot can car exhaust get?

If you touch an exhaust pipe after driving, you will burn your fingers in most cases. In this practical tip, we explain how hot an exhaust really gets.

How hot is the tail pipe?

The exhaust gases go straight from the engine into the exhaust manifold. The temperature is still the highest here. However, there is still a long way to go before the hot air comes out at the end of the car. The temperature is cooled slightly.


How hot the exhaust is ultimately depends on numerous factors. Put simply, a faster car also produces a hotter exhaust. Temperatures of up to 500 degrees can be reached while stationary.

However, the wind cools down strongly while driving. Depending on the car, the temperature range is estimated at 100 to 300 degrees Celsius (200-600 Fahrenheit). Very powerful cars can even make the exhaust manifold glow in the engine compartment. Higher temperatures are then possible in such cars and can reach 600°C or 1100°F.

If you buy paint for your exhaust, it always has limited heat resistance. Depending on the type, it can withstand 600 to 900 degrees Celsius.

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