Master Drifting in GTA Online: Finding the Perfect Car


Grand Theft Auto Online (GTA Online) has become a virtual haven for car enthusiasts. From drag racing to off-roading, the game offers a plethora of activities that cater to various driving styles.

But for those who crave the thrill of defying physics and executing picture-perfect drifts around corners, finding the ideal car becomes paramount. 

This comprehensive guide delves into the world of drift cars in GTA Online, exploring the top contenders and the key factors that contribute to a car’s drifting prowess.

The Science of the Slide: What Makes a Great Drift Car?

Before we delve into specific vehicles, let’s establish the cornerstones of a great drift car in GTA Online:

Power Under the Hood: Horsepower is king in drifting. You’ll need enough muscle to overcome traction and maintain a controlled drift.

Steering the Slide: Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD) is the preferred drivetrain for drifting. These cars allow for easier initiation and control of drifts by losing traction in the rear wheels. All-wheel drive (AWD) cars can drift, but it requires more finesse and may not hold drifts as effortlessly.

Balancing the Beast: Balanced weight distribution is crucial for smooth drift initiation and control. An even weight distribution across the front and rear axles allows the car to rotate more predictably during drifts.

Suspension Matters: A well-tuned suspension is a drifter’s best friend. It should be stiff enough to provide responsive handling during sharp maneuvers but also have some give to absorb bumps without disrupting the drift.

The Handbrake: Your Drifting Ally: The handbrake is an essential tool for initiating and controlling drifts. By engaging the handbrake, you can lock the rear wheels momentarily, causing the car to lose traction and slide.

These are just some of the essential ingredients for a car to excel in the art of drifting in GTA Online. 

Now, buckle up as we explore some of the top contenders and their strengths and weaknesses to help you conquer corners in style!

Contenders for Drifting Supremacy: Top Drift Cars in GTA Online

Nissan Silvia (Nissan Silvia Skyline): A fan favorite among virtual drifters, the Nissan Silvia (in-game name) boasts excellent handling, a balanced weight distribution, and a rear-wheel-drive configuration.  

This combination translates to a car that’s easy to control and forgiving of mistakes, making it a great choice for both beginners and seasoned drifters alike.  

Additionally, the extensive aftermarket selection in GTA Online allows for deep customization, letting you tailor the Silvia to your exact drifting preferences.

Nissan 350Z (Nissan 370Z): Another iconic Nissan, the 350Z (in-game name) is a fantastic drift car with great power, rear-wheel drive, and a relatively affordable price tag. 

While it might not handle quite as sharply as the Silvia, its raw power makes it easier to initiate and maintain high-speed drifts.  

For those seeking a balance between affordability and performance, the 350Z is a compelling option.

Toyota Supra (Toyota Supra MK IV): A legendary name in the world of sports cars, the Toyota Supra (in-game name) translates its real-world prowess to the streets (or rather, drift tracks) of GTA Online.  

Exceptional power and a rear-wheel-drive layout make it a true beast on the track.  However, the Supra’s high cost and demanding handling might make it less forgiving for novice drifters.  In the right hands, though, the Supra can be an unparalleled drifting machine.

Ford Mustang (Ford Mustang Shelby GT500):  The quintessential American muscle car, the Ford Mustang (in-game name) might seem like an unexpected choice for drifting.  While its weight distribution isn’t ideal, its immense power allows experienced drifters to overcome that challenge with some practice.  

Furthermore, its iconic status and abundance of customization options make it a popular choice for those who want to combine muscle car brawn with drifting finesse.

Dodge Charger (Dodge Charger R/T): Another American muscle car with excellent drifting potential, the Dodge Charger (in-game name) boasts rear-wheel drive and immense power.  

Similar to the Mustang, its weight distribution isn’t perfect for drifting, but its brute force allows for aggressive drifts in the hands of a skilled driver.  Plus, who can resist the classic muscle car look while sideways around a corner?


What’s the absolute best drift car in GTA Online?

There’s no single “best” car, as each has its strengths and weaknesses. The Nissan Silvia (Nissan Silvia Skyline) is a well-rounded choice for its control, handling, and customization options. However, other factors like your budget and preferred handling style might lead you to a different car.

Rear-wheel drive (RWD) is better for drifting, right? All-wheel drive (AWD) won’t work?

RWD cars are generally preferred for drifting due to the ease of initiating and maintaining drifts by losing traction in the rear wheels. AWD cars can drift, but it requires more skill and might not hold drifts as easily.

I’m new to drifting. What car is good for beginners?

The Nissan Silvia is a great choice for beginners due to its balanced handling and predictability. The Nissan 350Z (Nissan 370Z) is another option with its affordability and good power for initiating drifts.

I want a high-powered drift machine. What are my options?

The Toyota Supra (Toyota Supra MK IV) is a powerhouse with exceptional power, but it can be demanding to handle for beginners. The American muscle cars, Ford Mustang (Ford Mustang Shelby GT500) and Dodge Charger (Dodge Charger R/T), offer immense power for aggressive drifts, but their weight distribution might require more practice to master.

How can I modify my car for better drifting?

Once you’ve chosen your car,  visit Los Santos Customs or a Benny’s Original Motor Works location. Here are some key modifications for drifting:

Engine Upgrades: Increased horsepower allows for easier drift initiation and maintenance.

Suspension: Stiffer suspension improves handling, but you might want to avoid making it too stiff, as some give is needed to absorb bumps without disrupting the drift.

Transmission: Consider a short throw or lightweight flywheel for quicker gear changes.

Brakes: Upgraded brakes are helpful for slowing down after a drift or maneuvering around obstacles on drift tracks.

Tires: Drift tires with less grip are ideal for achieving and holding drifts.

Where can I find drift tracks in GTA Online?

Several user-created maps feature custom drift tracks.  Search for “drifting” or “drift track” in the GTA Online Stunt Races section to find player-made tracks specifically designed for drifting.

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