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Gold Standard (also known as the Gold Kart outside of North America) is an unlockable kart in Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart 8, and it's Switch port.

It offers good speed and weight, but bad acceleration and traction in both of the games. Its handling gives no effect. Its stats are identical to the Mach 8, Circuit Special, Sports Coupe, and B Dasher.

History

Mario Kart 7

The Gold Standard makes its first appearance in Mario Kart 7. It can be unlocked by collecting 20000 coins, or by earning 10000 VR in Wi-Fi races. In a way, it is the opposite of the Pipe Frame, regarding which stats are boosted and hindered, but its hidden stats are affected differently.

Mario Kart 8 / Deluxe

The Gold Standard returns in Mario Kart 8. It has received a small detail change; instead of the character's emblem, the Gold Standard's logo is an embossed 8 with a wreath of olive leaves around it. Because of this, it and the GLA are the only kart bodies that don't show the character's insignia on it anywhere. It's unlocked by getting a star rank on every cup for each engine class. In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, it is unlocked by getting a star rank on every cup for Mirror Mode class.

Statistics

Mario Kart 7

Stat Name Stat Value
Speed +0.25
Acceleration -0.25
Weight +0.25
Handling 0
Off-Road -0.25

Mario Kart 8

Stat Name Stat Value
Speed +0.5
Acceleration -0.5
Weight +0.25
Handling 0
Traction -1

Trivia

  • The name "Gold Standard" is used because it is identical in design to the Standard Kart, save for the gold color. However, it may also be a pun on the phrase "the gold standard," meaning a preferred object that can serve as a point of reference for comparison purposes.
Mario Kart 8 / Deluxe vehicle parts
Bodies Karts Standard KartPipe FrameMach 8Steel DriverCat CruiserCircuit SpecialTri-SpeederBadwagonPrancerBiddybuggyLandshipSneekerSports CoupeGold StandardGLA+ • W 25 Silver Arrow+ • 300 SL Roadster+ • Blue Falcon+ • Tanooki Kart+ • B Dasher+ • Streetle+ • P-Wing+ • Koopa Clown*
Bikes Standard BikeCometSport BikeThe DukeFlame RiderVarmintMr. ScootyJet BikeYoshi BikeMaster Cycle+ • City Tripper+
ATVs Standard ATVWild WigglerTeddy BuggyBone Rattler+ • Splat Buggy* • Inkstriker*
Wheels StandardMonsterRollerSlimSlickMetalButtonOff-RoadSpongeWoodCushionBlue StandardHot MonsterAzure RollerCrimson SlimCyber SlickRetro Off-RoadGold TiresGLA Tires+ • Triforce Tires+ • Leaf Tires+
Gliders Super GliderCloud GliderWario WingWaddle WingPeach ParasolParachuteParafoilFlower GliderBowser KitePlane GliderMKTV ParafoilGold GliderHylian Kite+ • Paper Glider+
+ - denotes DLC. • * - denotes exclusivity to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.