Gold Tires

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Gold Tires
Gold Tires MK8.png
Advantages Speed, Weight
Disadvantages Acceleration, Handling (Mario Kart 7 only), Off-Road
Appearances Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart 8

The Gold Tires (known as the Gold Wheels in Europe and Australia) are a special set of unlockable tires in Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart 8.

Mario Kart 7[edit]

In Mario Kart 7, the Gold Tires are unlocked by collecting 15,000 coins, or by getting a star rank on every GP cup for each engine class. They offer the exact same stat boosts as the Slick tires, and they offer the best speed boost, but they also offer the worst off-road boost. However, the Gold Tires give up some more acceleration to enhance weight. Additionally, they're tied with the Slick, Monster, and Red Monster, for the weakest handling boost in the game.

When the Gold Tires are combined with the Gold Standard body and Gold Glider, they complete the whole Gold Standard. This kart gives great speed (the 2nd biggest boost in the game) and good weight, but has a bad handling boost, and abysmal off-road (the smallest boost in the game, which is on par to if the Slick wheels were used).

Mario Kart 8[edit]

The Gold Tires also appear in Mario Kart 8, along with the other gold parts from Mario Kart 7. They look slightly different than they do in Mario Kart 7, and their stat boosts/drops are different, being much more balanced compared to the ones from Mario Kart 7. They can only be unlocked by beating every Staff Ghost in Time Trial mode.

Stat Boosts[edit]

Stat values are out of 6.

Mario Kart 7[edit]

  • Speed: +1
  • Acceleration: -0.5
  • Weight: +0.5
  • Handling: -1.25
  • Off-Road: -2.5

Whole Gold Standard[edit]

  • Speed: +1.25
  • Acceleration : -0.75
  • Weight: +0.75
  • Handling: -1.25
  • Off-Road: -2.75

Mario Kart 8[edit]

  • Speed: +0.25
  • Acceleration: -0.5
  • Weight: +0.5
  • Handling: 0
  • Traction: -0.5


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ゴールドタイヤ
Gōrudo Taiya
Gold Tires
Spanish Dorado Golden
French Or Gold
Dutch Gouden wielen Golden wheels
German Goldräder Gold Tires
Italian Gomme d'Oro Golden Tires
Portuguese Dourado Golden