The 5 Best Hyundai 2.0T Engine Upgrades

Despite being a small 2.0L 4-banger Hyundai’s 2.0T engine packs some performance potential. It is turbocharged, allowing for big power gains from simple bolt-on modifications like tuning, an intake, downpipe, and intercooler.

All for around $1,500 you can add over 100whp and 100wtq to your Genesis 2.0T. In this guide we’re going to teach you exactly how to do just that. We’ll discuss each of these four performance upgrades in depth including the purpose and performance benefits of each.

Hyundai 2.0T Upgrades - Best Genesis Coupe 2.0 Mods

Five Hyundai 2.0T Performance Upgrades

  • ECU Tuning
  • Cold Air Intake
  • Downpipe
  • Larger Intercooler
  • Short Shifter

1. ECU Tuning

Since the 2.0T engine is turbocharged tuning is going to be the biggest mod, offering the best performance gains and the most bang-for-your-buck. A simple plug-and-play tuner will run you around $500 but can add nearly 100hp and 100tq to the wheels.

The majority of the power gains are going to come with tuning. However, the rest of the mods on our list like an intake and downpipe are equally as important as they help improve airflow and reduce restrictions when tuned. Ultimately, they are in a way supporting mods that do add horsepower but more importantly add efficiency and improve overall engine health while tuned.

Tuning Benefits

  • Up to 100whp and 100wtq
  • Subjective torque gains
  • Maximizing Fuel Economy
  • Computer data logging and monitoring

2. Cold Air Intake

Tuning turns up the boost levels which requires more air. The factory intake becomes restrictive when tuned, putting additional stress on the turbo. This decreases turbo spool and efficiency which in turn hurts power and performance. Opening things up with an intake with significantly improve airflow, resulting in higher turbo efficiency, more power, and faster turbo spool.

It is the second best modification that you can do on the Hyundai 2.0T and a must-have when tuned. For more details on the benefits, check out our Hyundai 2.0T Cold Air Intake Upgrade Guide.

3. Downpipe Upgrade

With more boost and now more air coming into the engine, we have more exhaust gases that need to exit the engine. The downpipe is restrictive and creates a lot of exhaust backpressure since it bolts directly to the turbo.

The backpressure acts against the turbo, decreasing spool, reducing efficiency, and producing a lot of extra heat. Upgrading the downpipe will reduce this restriction, offering big power gains but more importantly lowering engine temps giving you a healthier engine. It’s another highly recommended addition once tuned. If you opt for three mods only, a downpipe should be on the list alongside tuning and an intake.


  • +15-20whp and +20-25wtq
  • Faster turbo spool
  • Deeper exhaust note
  • Reducing backpressure to help preserve engine health

4. Front Mounted Intercoolers

Maximizing the internal cooling of a turbo engine allows the engine to run at its full potential. It will add some minor power gains but most importantly prevents power loss caused by heat soak.

While it isn’t an must-have on lightly modified 2.0T’s it is still probably the best upgrade for improving engine health and reliability. The lower IATs will add power but also reduce engine temps which prevents overheating that can lead to internal engine issues.

From a power perspective you’ll likely notice around 10whp gains. Most importantly you will prevent the loss of 30-40whp caused by excess heat. Overall, one of our favorite upgrades for its combination of cooling and performance benefits.

5. Short Shifter Kits

This is a fun addition for the manual transmission Genesis 2.0T. The above four upgrades are going to be your bolt-on performance mods for power gains. But if you want some help putting that power to use, a short shifter kit is worthwhile. The factory manual transmission has a really long throw length in my opinion, based on driving one in person compared to all the other manuals I’ve driven.

A short shifter will cut down on that throw length and ultimately lead to quicker and smoother shifts. Adding power doesn’t do much if you can’t hit your shifts!

That’s +100whp for $1,500

All-in-all we’ve got 4 performance upgrades that can give you over 100whp, all for around $1,500. A cold air intake, tuning, downpipe, and intercooler are going to be the foundation for Hyundai 2.0T upgrades. If you want to push further you’ll need to start looking into turbo upgrades, fueling, and potentially some internal modifications depending on power targets.

Ultimately, the Hyundai 2.0T is mod friendly and this list will give you some solid power gains all without breaking the bank.

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