Does a Cat-Back Exhaust Increase Horsepower?

If you’re looking to increase your vehicle’s horsepower, one of the best methods you can choose is modifying the exhaust system. Specifically, a cat-back exhaust system is a great way to improve your vehicle overall. Not only will a cat-back exhaust system improve performance, but it can enhance the aesthetic as well. But we’ll get into all of that and more in this article.

As automotive experts and real car lovers, the Performance Muffler team has handled many vehicle modifications. Specializing in exhaust repairs and replacements, catalytic converters, and cat-back exhaust systems, we’re your go-to authority for vehicle-related topics.

What Is a Cat-Back Exhaust System?   

To understand how a cat-back exhaust system does increase horsepower, let’s first review exactly what a cat-back exhaust system is. A cat-back exhaust system includes upgrading the exhaust pipe and swapping out the factory-installed mid-pipe, muffler, and tailpipe. Everything behind the catalytic converter is altered with a cat-back. Because of this, the emissions aren’t changed, but the process of funneling fumes out is.

How Engine Horsepower Is Improved

A cat-back exhaust system improves horsepower because it improves the car’s performance. Your vehicle doesn’t have to work as hard, and the flow of air is increased. With a larger diameter for the exhaust pipes and a more efficient mid-pipe, muffler, and tailpipe, you will reduce your vehicle’s weight, exhaust note, and fuel mileage. So, the car’s performance is significantly better.

Often with a standard, factory model for a vehicle, the air movement is restricted. As a result, your engine has to work more strenuously to funnel exhaust fumes out. And a standard grade muffler’s biggest purpose is to reduce sound rather than efficiency with airflow. For this reason, many gearheads look into a muffler delete. Yet, this element in a cat-back exhaust system will vary depending on your mechanic’s recommendation and your vehicle’s make and model.

Other Benefits of a Cat-Back Exhaust System

Other than more horsepower, there are more benefits to a cat-back exhaust system. The most popular include unique sound, better fuel economy, and an attractive look.

A car straight off the factory obviously doesn’t have a distinctive or roaring sound. This is where vehicle modifications come into play, so you can have a racecar-like sound. Adding a cat-back exhaust or specifically modifying the muffler will give you this effect.

As mentioned, your car will perform better. You’ll soon notice better gas mileage with your cat-back exhaust system. And the impact of this could not be more significant as gas prices continue to rise.

Lastly, and what people may forget to consider, is that modifying your exhaust system can give a more attractive look to your vehicle. Specifically, you can change the exhaust tips, the most visible element in the exhaust system. And you can change whether your car has a dual or single exhaust system. Many people agree that a dual exhaust gives a more symmetrical, appealing look.

Other Ways to Improve Horsepower

In your pursuit of constantly tweaking your car and getting it in its best shape, there’s more you can do to improve the horsepower. You can perform an engine tune-up, install a supercharger, install a cold-air intake, and more. When modifying your vehicle, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Performance Muffler. We’re happy to offer advice and even service your vehicle to improve it.

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