Creating the perfect drift car is an involved process. Some elements are necessary, like RWD, but many others, like power, weight, and balance, are up to the driver. It’s important that the car is capable of being modified, so you can customize it into the perfect machine. With the right modifications and some serious skill, drivers have been turning cars like the six listed here into drifting machines for years.

Nissan 200sx

The Nissan 200sx is a popular car for drifting because of its light weight, low center of gravity, RWD, and good balance. These components add up to a car that handles quite well and slides for ages with little effort. Models from 1995 to 1998 are available for purchase as used cars.

Mazda RX-7

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Along with RWD, what makes the Mazda RX-7 a fabulous drift car is its weight distribution. The 50/50 distribution and the low center of gravity give it good balance, which the light weight of the car further aids. Unlike some of the other options, the RX-7 has different models and years to choose from, each with different features and advantages.

Toyota Supra

The Toyota Supra has RWD, which means you’ll get great sideways movement from it. It also has potential for engine upgrades, which are cheaper than on other cars. This helps balance out the price, since the Supra can be relatively expensive. It’s also a little bit heavy for a drifting car, but modifications can take some of the weight out.

Nissan 350z

This Japanese car features the necessary RWD and handles very well. It has a 3.5-liter V6 powertrain and doesn’t require a significant amount of modifications to make it truly excellent for drifting. Unfortunately it’s an expensive car to get hold of, but true lovers of drifting know that the Nissan 350z is worth it.

Toyota Corolla AE86

This was the last Corolla model to feature RWD. At 130 hp, it doesn’t hold as much power as the turbo-charged cars, but the Corolla has fantastic balance which is necessary for good drifting. The balance also makes this a good car for new drifters to learn the art in. Enthusiasts and experienced drifters still go for this car, since it can beat newer drift models in competition.

Nissan Skyline R32 GTS-t

This particular Nissan model is only available in Japan, so the steering is on the right side of the car. It’s a RWD, and the 2.0 liter engine is the best choice for drifting, since it gets 212hp. The car is relatively hard to find these days because the last ones produced came out over a decade and a half ago, and they’ve been popular overseas as drifting cars for years.

These six cars are some of the most popular for drifting among drivers, but they aren’t the only ones. Arguably, anything with RWD can drift, but these favorites are popular for a reason. With great modifications and a skilled driver behind the wheel, these machines will slide sideways effortlessly.