No doubt about it, the Hyundai Accent is the current crowd favorite in the compact car roost. With styling that is light years away from the previous iteration, coupled with a new generation of engines that are both preppy and fuel efficient.

While both 1.4L and 1.6L cars don’t feel slow or underpowered, more power is never a bad thing. Of course we can’t leave it stock for long and we finally got a chance to develop a set of HotPipes performance headers for the new Accent.

 

1. Both 1.4L and 1.6L engines are physically and dimensionally the same, so the HotPipes headers fits both engines, both automatic and manual transmission.

 

2. As with almost all new cars, the exhaust is at the back of the engine, towards the fire wall.

 

3. Here’s the HotPipes performance header. Yes it’s a 4-1 design, and forget about everything you read on the internet on the entire 4-1 vs 4-2-1 debate, it’s not applicable here. The primary reason for the 4-1 configuration is because the O2 sensor has to sample gases from all for cylinders at the same time.

 

4. We are now removing the stock header.

 

5. Here’s the stock heat shield (not needed), ugly stock header and the HotPipes header.

 

6. The HotPipes header bolts straight on in place of the stock one, no cutting, welding, modification of any kind to the vehicle.

 

7. Our Accent was already equipped with a K&N intake and made 73hp on our Dynapack Dyno. After installing the HotPipes headers, peak power rose to 76hp, with max gains of 5hp from 5000rpm up to 6200rpm. Max torque likewise rose from 82ft-lbs to 86ft-lbs. Not bad for a 1.4L automatic vehicle.

Now we often get the question "Do we have to upgrade the rest of the exhust?" The quick and short answer is no, HotPipes Headers are designed to work perfectly with the stock exhaust piping size, increasing the piping diameter actually causes the car to lose power. If you really want a full stianless steel exhaust system we can defintiely build you one, but it won't have any additional increase in power.