Steel Driver

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Not to be confused with Steel Diver.
Steel Driver
MKT Icon SteelDriver.png
The Steel Driver in Mario Kart Tour
Strong stats Weight, Traction (MK8)
Speed, Weight (MK8D)
Weak stats Acceleration, Handling
Appearances Mario Kart 8, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario Kart Tour

The Steel Driver is a kart in the Mario Kart series. Its name is based on the game Steel Diver. In fact, its Japanese and Italian names are the Steel Diver. It is a submarine-like vehicle with a dark blue top and a red underside. When the kart goes underwater, the propeller appears in the rear guard, much like an actual submarine. The emblem is located on the sides of the kart.


Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

The Steel Driver debuts in Mario Kart 8 as an unlockable kart body. It has the same stats as the Badwagon, the Tri-Speeder, the Standard ATV, and the GLA. It boosts weight and traction, but lowers acceleration and handling.

In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, it is now available from the start. In this game, it boosts speed and weight, but lowers acceleration and handling. It now shares stats with only the Tri-Speeder and Bone Rattler. CPU Iggy, Koopa Troopa, and Dry Bones are occasionally seen using this kart, paired with the Metal tires.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

The Steel Driver returns in Mario Kart Tour, where it is classified as a High-End kart and uses the Sushi Racer's tires. It was added at the start of the Mario vs. Luigi Tour and became the signature kart of Penguin Luigi in the Snow Tour. The kart increases the duration of Slipstream boosts and the amount of points earned for performing them.

Since introduced in the Mario vs. Luigi Tour, the Steel Driver has appeared in regular tour pipes. In its debut tour, it was also available in the Penguin Luigi Pack from November 25, 2020 to December 2, 2020.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Mario Kart 8

  • Ground Speed: 0
  • Water Speed: +0.5
  • Air Speed: 0
  • Anti-Gravity Speed: -0.25
  • Acceleration: -0.5
  • Weight: +0.5
  • Ground Handling: -0.5
  • Water Handling: +0.75
  • Air Handling: -0.25
  • Anti-Gravity Handling: -0.75
  • Traction: +0.5
  • Mini-Turbo: -0.75

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

  • Ground Speed: +0.25
  • Water Speed: +0.5
  • Air Speed: -0.75
  • Anti-Gravity Speed: -0.25
  • Acceleration: -0.75
  • Weight: +0.5
  • Ground Handling: -0.5
  • Water Handling: +0.75
  • Air Handling: -0.5
  • Anti-Gravity Handling: -0.5
  • Traction: 0
  • Mini-Turbo: -0.5

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Special skill MKT Icon Slipstream.png Slipstream Plus
Favorite courses
(Bonus points ×2)
MKT Icon DS Luigi's Mansion RT.png
DS Luigi's Mansion R/T
MKT Icon 3DS Cheep Cheep Lagoon RT.png
3DS Cheep Cheep Lagoon R/T
MKT Icon Ghost Valley 1RT.png
SNES Ghost Valley 1R/T
MKT Icon Frappe Snowland R.png
N64 Frappe Snowland R
MKT Icon Merry Mountain T.png
Merry Mountain T
MKT Icon Sunset Wilds T.png
GBA Sunset Wilds T
MKT Icon Rosalina's Ice World.png
3DS Rosalina's Ice World
MKT Icon RMX Rainbow Road 2.png
RMX Rainbow Road 2
MKT Icon Koopa Troopa Beach 2T.png
SNES Koopa Troopa Beach 2T
MKT Icon Airship Fortress R.png
DS Airship Fortress R
MKT Icon Donut Plains 2.png
SNES Donut Plains 2
MKT Icon Ghost Valley 1.png
SNES Ghost Valley 1
MKT Icon Donut Plains 2RT.png
SNES Donut Plains 2R/T
Favored courses
(Bonus points ×1.5)
MKT Icon Koopa Troopa Beach RT.png
N64 Koopa Troopa Beach R/T**
MKT Icon Frappe Snowland RT.png
N64 Frappe Snowland R/T
MKT Icon RMX Rainbow Road 1RT.png
RMX Rainbow Road 1R/T**
MKT Icon Neo Bowser City RT.png
3DS Neo Bowser City R/T*
MKT Icon Dino Dino Jungle RT.png
GCN Dino Dino Jungle R/T
MKT Icon Vanilla Lake 1RT.png
SNES Vanilla Lake 1R/T*
MKT Icon Frappe Snowland.png
N64 Frappe Snowland
MKT Icon Merry Mountain.png
Merry Mountain
MKT Icon Merry Mountain R.png
Merry Mountain R
MKT Icon Rosalina's Ice World R.png
3DS Rosalina's Ice World R
MKT Icon Vanilla Lake 1.png
SNES Vanilla Lake 1
MKT Icon Vanilla Lake 1R.png
SNES Vanilla Lake 1R
MKT Icon Vanilla Lake 1T.png
SNES Vanilla Lake 1T
MKT Icon Koopa Troopa Beach 2.png
SNES Koopa Troopa Beach 2
MKT Icon Donut Plains 2R.png
SNES Donut Plains 2R
MKT Icon RMX Choco Island 2.png
RMX Choco Island 2
MKT Icon RMX Choco Island 2R.png
RMX Choco Island 2R
MKT Icon DK Summit R.png
Wii DK Summit R
MKT Icon Toad Circuit.png
3DS Toad Circuit
MKT Icon Tokyo Blur 4RT.png
Tokyo Blur 4R/T

* indicates a favored course upgraded to a favorite course after reaching level 3. ** indicates a favored course upgraded to a favorite course after reaching level 6.


Mario Kart 8[edit]

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スティールダイバー
Sutīru Daibā
Steel Diver
Spanish Subacuauto Pun on subacuatico ("subaquatic") and auto ("car")
French (NOA) Nauticomobile Pun on automobile ("car") and nautique ("nautical")
French (NOE) Nautomobile Pun on automobile ("car") and nautique ("nautical")
Dutch Diepzeeduikkar Pun on diepzeeduiker (deep sea diver) and "kar" (cart)
German U-Kart Pun on U-Boat ("submarine") and kart
Italian Steel Driver Steel Driver
Portuguese Turbomarino Turbomarine
Russian Субмашина
Pun on субмарина ("submarine") and машина ("machine" or "car")
Korean 스틸드라이버
Steel Driver
Chinese (Traditional) 鋼鐵潛艇
Gāngtiě qiántǐng
Steel Submarine