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The Badwagon is a default kart body that appears in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The kart body resembles a pink muscle car, as well as the Flame Flyer from Mario Kart Wii; specifically, it resembles a pig wearing sunglasses, as seen by its grille and lights. Though muscle cars are typically built for speed, the Badwagon does not offer a ground speed boost (though it offers a water speed boost); it excels at weight and traction while acceleration and handling are lowered. In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, however, it offers a speed boost on the ground while the water speed is reduced. The vehicle's name is a pun on the bandwagon effect, a psychological phenomenon where individuals more easily conform to a trend set by a larger group of people regardless of contrary evidence.
The back of the car is adorned with stereo speakers, tailfins, neon lights and a Roy Smooth Sounds logo. The stereo speakers and the lights animate to the beat of the background music, while they are idle in the beginning of the race and briefly when the final lap jingle plays. It shares its stats with the Tri-Speeder, the Steel Driver, the Standard ATV, and the GLA. Artwork of the kart also shows that it has 4-wheel steering, though it is not used in-game. It has the engine sound of a V-twin with loud and distinctive exhaust noise.
While this vehicle body is available right from the start in Mario Kart 8, in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, it must be unlocked by collecting coins. CPU King Boo, Roy, Wario, and Pink Gold Peach occasionally use this body during races with the Off-Road tires.
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Badwagon appears as a Spirit, using the Mario Kart 8 artwork featuring Pink Gold Peach. The Spirit is an Ace class and Shield type that increases the player's speed.
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