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Advantages Acceleration (Mario Kart 7)
Acceleration, Traction (Mario Kart 8)
Disadvantages Speed, Weight (Mario Kart 7)
Speed, Weight, Handling (Mario Kart 8)
Appearances Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart 8

The Sponge is a set of unlockable tires in Mario Kart 7. They offer an acceleration boost, but they also hinder speed and weight. The Sponge offers the second lowest weight boost, losing only to the Roller tires.

The Sponge tires also appear in Mario Kart 8, where they have identical stats to the Cushion and Wood wheels.

Stat boosts[edit]

Stat values are out of 6.

Mario Kart 7[edit]

  • Speed: -0.25
  • Acceleration: +0.5
  • Weight: -0.75
  • Handling: 0
  • Off-Road: 0

Mario Kart 8[edit]

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


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スポンジタイヤ
Sponge Tires
Spanish Esponja Sponge
French Éponge Sponge
Dutch Sponzen Sponges
German Schwamm Sponge
Italian Spugnosi Sponges
Portuguese (NOE) Esponja Sponge