Best Drift Cars in GTA 5

Best Drift Cars in GTA 5

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Drifting is possibly the most exhilarating and enchanting manifestation of style and control while driving a vehicle in GTA V. It is elegant, peaceful, and rhythmic. It is a lifestyle, a demonstration of your supreme driving skills, which the car community will judge you for. Furthermore, drifting is “Grease Monkeys” favorite activity.

From burning rubber on the track to taking over lobbies and dominating races in GTA 5.

Drifting proved to be not just fun, but extremely useful. Sometimes, it is much faster to drift around a certain corner than to slow down. As a result, drifting became more popular.

Each gearhead has been building and customizing vehicles to complement his/hers style of driving. And they like to show it off every once in a while.

Thanks to the constant DLCs and Updates from Rockstar, Grand Theft Auto 5 includes countless vehicles, each having its special characteristics, attributes, and distinct uses.

But finding the right one for you can be really intricate. In this Article, we made it easier for you and ranked the top ten best drift cars in GTA 5.

Karin Futo

karin futo gta 5

  • Top Speed: 119 mph
  • Price: 9000$ Southern San Andreas Super Autos
  • Class: Sports
  • Drifting Difficulty: Easy

The Karin Futo has been a popular choice among players starting their drifting journey for a long time. And it is easy to see why. First of all, It is versatile and accommodates almost all drifting styles thanks to its forgiving handling and maneuverability.

The Futo likes to oversteer a lot, particularly at higher speeds, because of the rear-wheel drive and the short wheelbase.

It’s not something you should be worried about. The Futo comes with a soft suspension that produces enough body roll to redress the oversteer and fix the drifting angle.

Second of all, it is easy to acquire. You can steal one from the streets or buy one for dirt cheap. In addition, it has a lot of customization options. 

This brings me to the downsides of the Futo. Besides a decent mid-drive speed boost, the car is slow and lacks lots of power. Fortunately, you can fix that by maxing out the available performance upgrades. I highly recommend you stance the Futo and add low-grip tires. It will make your drifts much smoother.   

Benefactor Schwartzer

benefactor schwartzer

  • Top Speed: 117 mph
  • Price: 80,000 $ from Southern San Andreas Super Autos/ can be stolen
  • Class: Sports
  • Drifting Difficulty: Easy

The Schwartzer is one of the best-looking coupés in GTA 5 since it is based on the real-life Mercedes Benz C63s AMG Coupe. And it sounds like one! 

The Schawrtzer is a high-performance sports car, yet it is often neglected. Especially after the latest updates like the Tuners DLC. The latter brought a set of legendary JDM cars that overshadowed many of the OG vehicles in GTA 5.

The Benefactor Schawrtzer rear-wheel drive is coupled with a five-speed transmission, and the handling is responsive and agile even at high speeds. It is stable on the straights and during the corners due to its longer wheelbase and wide body.

Consequently, the Schwartzer is very steady during the drifts. It has strong torque and power outputs. In addition, the mid-drive speed boost is consistent enough to carry out nice power slides.

The rear end can get loose sometimes, but it is easy to correct.

Bravado Gauntlet (Redwood Variant)

bravado gauntlet gta 5

  • Top Speed: 117 mph
  • Price: 230,000 $ from Southern San Andreas Super Autos/ Free for returning players
  • Class: Muscle
  • Difficulty Level: Easy

The Bravado Redwood Gauntlet is the high-performance variant of the OG Bravado Gauntlet. It arrived in Grand Theft Auto 5 as part of the Cunning Stunts DLC.

It is named the Redwood Gauntlet because of the Redwood Cigarette Racing Livery. The Grand Theft Auto Car Community loves this car and still praises it to this day. 

The handling is swift and very precise in high and low-speed corners. The Redwood Gauntlet is more powerful than the Standard model, hence higher top speed and better torque. Overall, it is balanced and lightweight. Maneuverability is staggering, and it gives you more control over the car.

It lacks traction and spins the rear wheels too much. That is one of its positive points because it makes drifting a lot more manageable. The suspension is firm and handles road imperfections really well. You can add Low Grip tires to hold even longer drift lines. But the light rear end can easily spin out of control.

Karin Futo GTX

karin futo gtx gta

  • Top speed: 119 mph
  • Price: 1,590,000 $ from Southern San Andreas Super Autos (1,192,000$ trading price)
  • Class: Sports, Tuner
  • Drifting Difficulty: Easy

The Karin Futo GTX is a replica of the legendary Toyota AE86 added to the game as part of the Tuners Update. It is by far the best drifting car in GTA 5. And it is very expensive too!

The GTX is powered by an inline four-banger and comes with a five-speed transmission and rear-wheel drive. Those are the key ingredients to make a corner-slaying machine.

The Handling is light and responsive similar to that of the standard Futo. The short wheelbase and higher tendency to oversteer are other characteristics the GTX shares with the standard Futo. However, the body roll is more subtle and have little effect on drifting. 

Plus, the GTX has more power, more torque, stronger, and more consistent mid-drive speed boost. It takes zero effort to learn drifting in the GTX. Furthermore, it comes with a lot of appearance and performance upgrades so you can set it up to match your drifting style.

Dinka RT3000

dinka rt3000 gta 5

  • Top speed: 119 mph
  • Price: 1,715,000 $ from Southern San Andreas Super Autos (1,300,000 $ trading price)
  • Class: Sports, Tuner
  • Drifting Difficulty: Easy

This is another spectacular drifter that came with the Tuners Update. The Dinka RT 3000 is at the top next to the GTX. The Platform is similar to the Banshee with a long hood and short trunk.

Thus, the rear tires struggle for traction and swings the back out more. It is slippery, and you need a good sense of car control to get used to it.

It is all good though! Lack of traction means initiating drifts is like a walk in the park. The RT 3000 has tremendous acceleration and a crazy mid-drive speed boost. All That, in addition to a myriad of power and torque, the RT 3000 defined itself as one of the top dogs in the game.  

The Honda S2000-inspired design is just the cherry on top of the cake.  

Willard Faction

willard faction gta

  • Top speed: 110 mph
  • Price: 36,000 $ from Benny’s Original Motor Works
  • Class: Muscle
  • Drifting Difficulty: Medium

The Willard Faction is a muscle car that first appeared in GTA IV, and later GTA Online as part of the Lowrider DLC. For a muscle car with such mean looks, the Faction suffers from the same issue as the Futo.

It is underpowered and slow for its class which ultimately leads to barely average performance. The acceleration is poor and has no traction whatsoever.

Despite being rather sluggish, the Faction is an imposing drifting car that you can pull sublime drifts with. Especially at low to medium speeds. The handling is active and lenient. In other words, you can still correct the oversteer in case you went a bit overboard. 

It is worth noting that drifting the Faction at high speeds is much more grueling because the handling is on the heavier side. Plus, the suspension is very sensitive to bumps and road imperfections. It may take you a while to get the hang of it. 

Dewbauchee Rapid GT

dewbauchee rapid gt gta 5

  • Top Speed: 119 mph
  • Price: 132,000 $ from Legendary Motorsport
  • Class: Sports
  • Drifting Difficulty: Medium

The Rapid GT is a two-door luxury sports car. The design is Galvanized by the Aston Martin V8 Vantage and the 2005 Carrera GT. The car is low to the ground and has a wide stance to add more aggression to the overall look. It also improves the aerodynamics of the car for higher top speed and better handling.  

The Dewbauchee Rapid GT is relatively fast thanks to its weight, acceleration, and insane power production. The handling is swift and nimble but can be demanding sometimes.

The GT tends to oversteer in the corners at certain speeds, but it is easy to correct. It is a well-rounded car for drifting, offering impeccable capabilities, and it is pliable for all styles.

The more experienced drifters will have no problems doing tricks with the GT, but beginners may struggle a bit to get it going. Nonetheless, you can get used to it after a while. The car is smooth and fluid in its movements, and I couldn’t recommend it more. 

Bravado Gauntlet Hellfire

bravado gauntlet hellfire gta

  • Top Speed: 125 mph
  • Price: 745,000$ from Southern San Andreas Super Autos
  • Class: Muscle
  • Drifting Difficulty: Medium

The Gauntlet Hellfire closely resembles the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. The belt line is low and flows smoothly to the back, where it folds over the rear arches. 

The split in the front grille resembles the 70s Barracuda, and the hood bulge is taken from the 2015 392 Scat Pack Shaker. Furthermore, it comes with an identical wide-body design to its real-life counterpart. 

In its stock form, the Hellfire is a decent performer. It is not necessarily the best, but not the worst either. Luckily, you can improve it with a couple of performance upgrades. When it comes to Drifting, it is like watching a Dodge Demon drifting in real life. Though, it is heavy and leans a lot in the corners.

The good news is, the Hellfire makes tons of power, and torque, and never runs out of mid-drive speed boost to get exceptional drift lines. The bad news is, you can’t stance the Hellfire.  

Schyster Fusilade

schyster fusilade gta 5

  • Top Speed: 117 mph
  • Price: 36,000 $ from Southern San Andreas Super Autos/ can be stolen from the streets
  • Class: Sports
  • Drifting Difficulty: Hard

The Fusilade is a two-door coupé that belongs to the sports class. Like the Schwartzer, the Fusilade is a very capable drifter that was overlooked for ages. 

The car is an absolute nightmare to drive if you don’t know what you’re doing. And that is one of the reasons why people avoided it for so long. The Fusilade is very demanding and needs professionals to handle it.

Not to mention, it’s fast. It has the same top speed as the standard Banshee and a higher top speed than the Elegy Retro.

On the other hand, breaking and handling are not the Fusilade’s strongest points. The back end is pretty tail happy and likes to swing out. Plus, the short wheelbase and high power and torque push the car to spin out.

That’s why the Fusilade is very difficult to drive. However, it is truly a drifting machine if you can get a good grip on it.

Bravado Banshee 900R

bravado banshee 900r gta

  • Top speed: 131 mph
  • Price: 105,000$ for the base Banshee + 565,000 $ for the conversion at Benny’s
  • Class: Super
  • Drifting Difficulty: Terrifying

The 900R had its moment in the sun at the 2016 January update and is heavily inspired by the second-gen Dodge Viper GTS. It comes fitted with a Rocket Bunny wide-body kit to set it apart from the base Banshee creating a unique bulky stance.

In terms of performance, the 900R has never fallen below the top 10 fastest cars in Grand Theft Auto 5. That’s expected from a supercar. Despite the insane power and acceleration, the Banshee 900R falls short in terms of performance. It is almost at the bottom of the lap times scoreboard.

The handling is very quick, snappy, and terrible around corners. In other words, it is a terrible race car. Like the Fusilade, the 900R is a lot more demanding and requires high levels of finesse.

Still, the 900R has a strong mid-drive speed boost. It glides through the bends and carries smooth drifts. But again, it takes a professional and a lot of effort to master it.

Honorable Mentions

annis remus gta

Grand Theft Auto V has countless vehicles many players find perfect for drifting. Some of the cars didn’t make it on the list. To make it a complete 20, here are ten more cars you should consider for drifting: 

  • Annis Remus
  • Annis Euros
  • Vulcar Warrener
  • Vulcar Warrener HKR
  • Benefactor Schafter
  • Dinka Jester RR
  • Annis ZR 350
  • Annis ZR 380
  • Annis Elegy Retro Custom
  • Declasee Drift Yosemite

FAQs

Question: How many Cars were Added with the Los Santos Tuners Update?

Answer: The Tuners DLC brought 17 cars to the game including, sports, muscle, and coupe. Most of these cars are replicas of real-life JDM cars. The list includes: 

• Karin Calico GTF (1.9 mil) 
• Karin Futo GTX (1.5 mil)
• Karin Previon (1.4 mil)
• Karin Sultan RS Classic (1.7 mil)
• Pfister Comet S2 (1.8 mil)
• Pfister Growler (1.6 mil)
• Vapid Dominator ASP (1.7 mil)
• Vapid Dominator GTT (1.2 mil)
• Annis Euros (1.8 mil)
• Annis Remus (1.3 mil)
• Annis ZR350 (1.6 mil)
• Dinka Jester RR (1.9 mil)
• Dinka RT3000 (1.7 mil)
• Vulcar Warrener HKR (1.2 mil) 
• Ubermacht Cypher (1.5 mil)
• Obey Tailgater S (1.4 mil)
• Emperor Vectre  (1.7 mil)

Question: How Do I Buy a Car in GTA 5 Online?

Answer: To buy a car in GTA Online, bring your phone up and go to the Internet. Select “Travel and Transport. You will find a list of websites of dealerships. 

Legendary motorsports: sells high-end luxury vehicles, supercars, and bikes. 
Elitas Travel: dealership for airplanes.
Dock Tease: buy any vehicle that goes in the water.
ArenaWar.tv: you purchase special vehicles ready for battle.
Pedal and Metal Cycles: bicycles dealership.
Warstock Cache & Carry: purchase military-grade vehicles. 
Southern San Andreas Super Autos: a dealership for sedans, sports cars, SUVs, off-roaders, and common vehicles.  
Benny’s Original Motor Works: buy Custom vehicles. 

Question: How many Custom Shops are there in GTA V?

Answer: There are a lot of vehicle types and categories in Grand Theft Auto, so it makes sense to have mod shops to accommodate them. Los Santos Customs is the most popular shop in the game. You can modify the majority of vehicles in the game except for the ones you get from Pegasus. 

There are other custom Shops like Benny’s Original Motor Works where you can tweak certain vehicles like lowriders, and even upgrade a standard model to its high-performance variant. Take the 900R and Elegy Retro Custom. 

Final Thoughts

They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. And that is true because there is no one size fits all drift car. The perfect car for you can be a nightmare for another. So you just have to try and see for yourself. 

Let us end on a high note with some drift build tips. 

  1. Max out the performance upgrades on underpowered cars like the Futo. 
  2. Not all cars can be stanced, but I recommend you do it if you can. 
  3. If you feel brave enough, add low-grip tires to help you initiate and hold longer drifts. 
  4. Keep the stock brakes on. High-performance brakes can slow you down a lot and kill your drift.
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