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This question makes reference to the air-speed of the kart, thus implying that there are different stats for air speed and ground speed, however I can't seem to find any indication of this in-game.

How do I know the air-speed of my kart?

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There's a good chart here, I dunno where he got his data from and if it's available in-game, though: gamefaqs.com/3ds/997822-mario-kart-7/faqs/63500 –  JohnoBoy Apr 18 '12 at 19:51
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That chart is useless for actual comparison. Featherweight carts are speed '0'? Oh really? That must be a boring race. –  Myrddin Emrys Apr 18 '12 at 19:56
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The chart JohnoBoy posted is close, but uses the wrong units. Super Mario Wiki's page on MK7 has all the values. Here's the short version for airspeed only:

  1. All characters have a base airspeed of 4 (out of 6).
  2. If you're using one of these karts, you get a -0.25 penalty:
    • Barrel Train
    • Blue Seven
    • Bolt Buggy
    • Bruiser/Growlster
    • Cact-X
    • Gold Body
    • Tiny Tug
    • Zucchini/Gherkin
  3. If you're using one of these karts, you get a +0.5 bonus:
    • Birthday Girl/Royal Ribbon
    • Bumble V
    • Cloud 9
    • Egg 1
    • Pipe Frame
    • Soda Jet
  4. If you're using one of these wheels, you get a +1 bonus:
    • Roller
    • Sponge
    • Wood
  5. If you're using one of these gliders, you get a -1.5 penalty:
    • Paraglider/Parafoil
    • Swooper/Swoop
  6. If you're using one of these gliders, you get a -3 penalty:
    • Flower Glider
    • Peach Parasol

Note that gliders have the strongest influence on airspeed - also note that the gliders with the biggest airspeed penalty have the biggest air handling bonus, so they're not total step-downs.

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Is there anyway to figure out these values for yourself in-game though? –  Wipqozn Apr 19 '12 at 13:15
    
Pretty sure no, the stat bars shown in-game for split stats do some sort of merging calculation. –  Toomai Apr 19 '12 at 13:33
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