What temperature does car exhaust get?

I know that you're not supposed to touch a car's exhaust system after it's been running. But I have a running bet with a friend about what the temperature of exhaust actually is. How hot does car exhaust get?

Answer
Always happy to help with a bet! Car exhaust can reach temperatures of 200 to 600 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the vehicle, its exhaust system, and how powerful the engine is.
In high-powered sports cars, the exhaust manifold has even been known to glow with heat, as temperatures can reach up to 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit. Because of the heat generated by the engine and the exhaust, coming near the tips when the car is running or just stopped running is extremely dangerous—especially since if you touch the exhaust on your own volition, you won’t be covered by your car insurance or MedPay.
And speaking of insurance, you may want to think about going over your policy, especially if you haven’t done so in some time. The easiest way to make sure that you’re getting the best deal on the coverage you need is with the Jerry app—we’ll get you customized quotes from top-of-the-line providers so that all you need to do is pick the plan that works best for you.
Best of luck with the bet!
Eric Schad
Answered on Oct 29, 2021
Eric Schad has been a freelance writer for nearly a decade, as well as an SEO specialist and editor for the past five years. Before getting behind the keyboard, he worked in the finance and music industries (the perfect combo). With a wide array of professional and personal experiences, he’s developed a knack for tone and branding across many different verticals. Away from the computer, Schad is a blues guitar shredder, crazed sports fan, and always down for a spontaneous trip anywhere around the globe.
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