Drifting is one of the most fun things you can do with a car. Here are some of the best cars to take sliding.
The IS300 comes with Toyota's indestructible 2JZ straight-six, and could be optioned with a manual transmission and a limited-slip differential. Pair those things with a nice long wheelbase and solid Japanese build quality, and you've got yourself a great base for sideways action.
There's no beating the versatility of the Honda S2000. It works no matter what kind of driving you're into—canyon carving, autocrossing, track days, drifting, you name it. The S2000 can do it all. you can own right now for less than $20,000.
The 240SX has become the hallmark of any good drift event. Go to any Clubloose weekend and you'll run into tons of them, all modified differently for drifting. A balanced chassis, long wheelbase, and massive aftermarket are big reasons why. totally original, and ready for you to modify.
The AE86-generation Corolla was made famous by the drift-centered Initial D anime. It's solidified itself as a legitimate collector's car, but that hasn't stopped owners from having fun with it.
The 350Z may not be the greatest driver's car on earth, but it's pretty great for drifting. Prices are low, and it checks all the boxes needed for you to go have fun on a twisty course. with a widebody kit installed that you can own today.
Of course, if you want to drive something vintage, Nissan has a good selection of rear-wheel drive, front-engine compacts to choose from. The 200SX is one of the best.
Depending on how you feel about a live axle, the Mustang can be a wonderful car to take drifting. The V8 has enough power from the factory to keep you sliding, and aftermarket support is plentiful. already has a cage in it, and you can buy it now.
Like the Mustang, the GTO has the perfect formula for spinning tires: A big V8 with a manual transmission sending power to the rear wheels. has the six-speed, and it's for sale now.
The RX7 is like many other cars on this list: Front-engined, manual, and rear-wheel drive. Where it differs is the power source. Because rotaries aren't well-known for their reliability, many drifters do some sort of engine swap (V8, 2JZ, SR20, etc.) to keep it moving on track. has incredibly low miles, and it's for sale on eBay right now.
While the E30-generation 3-Series has become a sort of collectable, the E36 sits in a nice middle ground of being cheap enough to take drifting, and simple enough so that it can be easily repaired or upgraded. that can be yours today.
The E46-generation 3-Series has become cheap enough where drifters are starting to adopt the platform as well. It's a bit heavier, but just as balanced. up for bidding right now.
The GT86 broke the record for longest continuous drift last year, spanning five hours and over 100 consecutive miles. The record was broken by the new M5, but nonetheless, that should tell you all you need to know about the BRZ-86 twins' drifting capabilities. And now, used examples are getting cheap enough where they make sense to take to actual drift events. painted in a lovely shade of blue that you can buy.
The Miata makes for a fine drift car if it's set up correctly. Because it has a short wheelbase, it's more prone to snap into oversteer, making it harder to hold a slide. Plus, it doesn't have much power. But dial it in correctly, and you'll be sideways for days. in great condition, and you can own it.