GTA Online gives players access to a huge range of interesting, unique cars to purchase and customize. While customization for vehicles isn’t as great in GTA V as it is in some other racing games, it still gives players some freedom in how they want to build their rides.
One of the most popular builds is a drift car. Since the release of low-grip tires, just about any vehicle in the game can be turned into a drift car. But with so many different cars in the game that can be turned into drift cars, which ones are the best? That’s what we’ll be answering in today’s article!
How to Make a Drift Car in GTA Online
Before we get into the actual ranking, we should first go over how exactly to build a drift car in GTA Online. In order to make a drift build, you need to get a few upgrades in particular. Those upgrades are the following:
- Lowest possible suspension. This helps the car stay close to the ground, making drifting easier.
- No brake upgrades whatsoever. Better brakes affect the car’s ability to start and maintain a drift.
- Best engine upgrade. Needed to make your car faster.
- Turbo tuning upgrade. Same as the previous point, it helps the car pick up speed quickly.
- Low grip tires. Some cars do not need this, but most do. It allows the car to drift significantly more easily.
That is more-or-less the basics of what you need to do to make your car into a drift build. You most of these upgrades at any garage in the game. The only one you can only get from a specific location is the low-grip tires. These can only be purchased at the Los Santos Car Meet, found in the southeastern part of Los Santos.
10 Best Drift Cars in GTA Online, Ranked from Good to Best
With all of that out of the way, let’s jump into this article for the top 10 best drift cars in GTA Online, ranked!
Let’s begin our list with a personal favorite vehicle of mine. I am talking about the Imponte Dukes. This is a classy-looking muscle car that some of you may recognize from Grand Theft Auto IV, the last entry in the franchise before GTA V. It was my favorite muscle car in the game, and I am very glad that it is available as a car in GTA 5 Online. So just how does it perform in this game? And why is it a good drift car?
While its stats are not that great compared to other muscle cars, I still love the feeling of drifting around with this vehicle. It has some weight to it, which makes turning around corners with this vehicle incredibly fun. It can get a bit tricky to learn how to control this car, however. I often found myself oversteering with it on a few different occasions. But if you can learn how to master it, you’ll find a really fun and satisfying car to drive around in.
Its customization options are actually pretty decent for a car that has been in the game so long. I love how you can make it look just like the ones you’d find spawning around Liberty City in GTA IV. I opted to get the retractable roof on it, however, as I think it gives this classy car an even classier look. If you are a fan of old-school muscle cars, then you should get this one even if you don’t plan on drifting with it.
Next on our list, we have a car that I don’t see very many people discussing when it comes to drift cars. That car is the Grotti Carbonizzare! Much like the Imponte Dukes, this car is pretty old compared to most of the other cars in the game. This means its stats aren’t as good as a lot of the more recent vehicles. Nevertheless, it’s still a very fun and enjoyable car to drift around with.
Oversteering with this car is fairly easy to do. This means that many players will be able to easily drift with this car, even if they don’t modify it with the low-grip tires from the Los Santos Car Meet. While this may be frustrating for some, it actually works in its favor. You are able to drift with this car without having to suffer from the negative downsides that come with using a car that has low-grip tires.
Its customization is pretty okay, though again not as good as many of the other cars that you will see down this list. Even if the customization isn’t over the top, it’s still a beautiful-looking car by default. It really fits the feel of California, making it a great car to own if you love the setting of Los Santos in GTA V.
Vulcar Warrener HKR
Onto the next pick on our list of the best drift cars in GTA Online ranked, we have the Vulcar Warrener HKR. This is a really interesting-looking truck that you can find on Southern San Andreas. It was added to the game for the Tuner’s update, making it a fairly recent car to be added to Grand Theft Auto V. The vehicle is one of the worst Tuner’s vehicles when it comes to racing, but for drifting? That’s a whole other story.
The car controls pretty well when you are using it to drift, and the weight and feel of the car is satisfying to control. I enjoyed testing it out in the Los Santos Car Meet, drifting around the columns and trying to stay inside the yellow lines. Its weight lets you glide around the floor with ease, and it makes a great car to use during rain or snow in my opinion.
Its customization options are also pretty good. You can slap on a lot of really great liveries for this vehicle which makes it very attractive to look at. There are lots of modification options available for the body, which makes sense considering how recently it was released. The car is a little pricey compared to some of the other vehicles, being $1,260,000 without the trade price. So maybe skip this one if you’re on a budget.
Bravado Gauntlet Hellfire
At spot number seven, we have a car that is very popular among the drift community — the Bravado Gauntlet Hellfire! This is a muscle car, and one of the best ones in the game, too. While I’m not a huge fan of muscle cars and prefer sports cars any day, I can still appreciate a good car when I see one. In addition to being popular in free roam, it’s also a pretty good car to use in muscle car races. But that’s not what you’re here for.
As for its drifting capabilities, the low grip tires allow this car to “float” effortlessly across the road with ease. Driving down the street and drifting down a straight path is very satisfying with this car, and it’s pretty easy to do compared to some of the other cars in the game. Given its good stats, you’ll be able to get it up to a fairly high speed.
The look of this car is just great. Rockstar did a great job making this car and modeling it. The customization options that are offered with this car are also very good, and there’s a lot you can do with it. I really love putting Xenon lights on the front and then combining that with a dark paint job and a striped livery. If you love muscle cars, then the Bravado Gauntlet Hellfire is a must-get!
For our next pick, we have a car that I see very few people ever use for drifting. I am referring to the T20 supercar! This is one of the oldest supercars in the game, having been released with GTA V when it first came out back in 2013. This is one of my favorite supercars in the game! Not only can I drive it in single-player as well as the online mode, but it has such a sleek and stylish design that makes it look like eye candy.
While this car is out-competed by many of the newer supercar models in the game, it still manages to be a great drift car when given low-grip tires. With its high speed you can get this car going fast pretty easily, which allows you to pull off some impressive drifts. The car feels great to handle, making it a very enjoyable ride with or without low-grip tires.
As previously mentioned, the car looks great, but its customization is just okay. The car will also cost you a total sum of $2,200,000, but I recommend just waiting for the vehicle to go on sale first. If you already own the car, that’s even more reason to make it a drift car. Since it’s outclassed in supercar races, it’s better to make it into something you’ll use instead of letting it gather dust in your garage.
Karin Futo GTX
Halfway down our list, and the next car we will be looking at is the Karin Futo GTX! This is another Tuner’s vehicle that was shown off quite a bit in the promotional trailers for the DLC. It is a pretty popular car among the Tuner’s community due to its appearance and the fact that it is a Japanese car. While I never really used it much when the Tuner’s DLC came out, I still had a lot of fun driving around this car.
The Karin Futo GTX’s stats are good for a car of its class. It handles solidly, making it a good car for turning around corners with. It is also fairly fast, but not as fast as some of the other cars that came out with the release of Tuner’s. The just feels really solid and steady to control, making it a good drift car if you want something predictable to drive.
I really, really love the look of this car! It looks like something straight out of The Fast & The Furious, and it’s a car that I would love to own in real life. The vehicle features some good customization options, making it a great ride to pick up if you love modifying cars to make them your own. A Karin Futo GTX will cost players a total of $1,590,000, which is pretty expensive. But it can be made lower with the trade price of $1,192,500.
Taking spot number four on this ranking of the best drift cars in GTA Online, we have the Annis Remus! This is another really common car to see people using to drift around Los Santos. It is a vehicle that was added with the Tuner’s Update, making it another great drift vehicle from that DLC. The car is a two-door sports coupe that has a lot of potential to be turned into a great drift vehicle.
An Annis Remus gives players a lot of control over their drift when they make turns. The car is pretty predictable when drifting, and features good handling that makes it a fun car to cruise around in. I recommend getting this car if you have trouble controlling weightier cars. This vehicle feels pretty lightweight and easy to steer, which is a big plus for some of the more inexperienced drifters out there.
As for the appearance of the car, I actually think it looks really good. I’ve seen a lot of people say that the car looks “average” and like it’s nothing special. But I still think it’s an attractive ride, and it reminds me of this car my dad owned when I was a kid. And it has good customization, with lots of options for you to choose from. Being a Tuner’s car, that is kind of a given.
Karin Sultan RS
Onto our first of the top three picks, it’s the Karin Sultan RS! This is a model of the Karin Sultan, one of my favorite cars from Grand Theft Auto IV. The vehicle was released all the way back in 2016, making it a car that neither old nor recent. This is a really fun car to cruise around in, with or without low-grip tires. It’s also a pretty popular car, and one I see often at car meets.
The reason why this car is great for drifting is mainly due to the vehicle’s naturally low suspension. Even if you don’t get the suspension upgrade on this car, it’s still pretty close to the ground. This makes it a lot easier to control when driving on the roads. It’s also a very speedy car considering the time it was released. It is able to get up to high speeds in a pretty short amount of time, which is great for street cars.
And lastly, we have appearance and customization. In case I haven’t mentioned it already, this is a Benny’s Original Motorworks vehicle. This means that after being converted, you’ll have access to a whole host of exclusive modifications. These modifications make the car one of the best in the game to customize. You can almost an hour decorating both the exterior and interior of the Karin Sultan RS.
With this list almost coming to a close, let’s talk about the Dinka RT3000 for our next pick. The Dinka RT3000 is a convertible sports car. It came to Grand Theft Auto V during the Tuner’s DLC over a year ago. It is one of the best-looking vehicles in my garage, and it’s a car that I recommend all fans of the Tuner’s DLC get if they can spare the money for it. While I don’t like using this car in races, it’s really great for drifting.
I like using this as a drift car due to the fact that you can start turning into a drift easily without the low-grip tires equipped. The car handles in such a way that starting and maintaining this drift takes not that much effort. It’s very enjoyable to drive through Los Santos due to its turning capabilities and the way that it handles itself, making it a great car to turn into a drift build.
Its customization is good, just about as good as the rest of the Tuner’s vehicles in the game. I like the look of this one more than a lot of them due to the fact that it is a convertible. I think that it’s a really fun car to customize and play around with in your garage. It features lots of different liveries for you to choose from, and liveries have always been my favorite part about customizing cars in GTA Online.
Bravado Banshee 900R
And taking the spot at number one on our ranking of the best drift cars in GTA Online, we have the Bravado Banshee 900R! This is a Benny’s Custom Works supercar. It can be acquired by purchasing the regular Bravado Banshee model and then converting it at Benny’s Motorworks. After it is converted, it gets some stat upgrades as well as a visual overhaul. Not only that, but it also makes it arguably the best drift car in the game!
The Bravado Banshee 900R is a pretty fast car, with good stats that make it able to compete with some of the higher-end vehicles in the game. With the low-grip tires added onto this car, it turns into a fairly easy-to-control ride that lets you get around corners smoothly and with little trouble. Due to the naturally low suspension on it, this makes it very unlikely for you to lose control when drifting.
The customization on this car is top-notch. Being one of several Benny’s vehicles in Grand Theft Auto Online, players are given a strong amount of customization options with this car. You have access to Benny’s exclusive vehicles as well as a whole host of other awesome modifications that you can make to really set this car apart from the crowd. It’s a really common vehicle to see at car meets, so clearly most of the car community agrees.
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And with that, our guide for the top 10 best drift cars in GTA Online has come to a close. What is your favorite drift car in GTA Online? Be sure to leave a comment letting us know! And make sure to subscribe to our weekly newsletter for more awesome content on GTA Online and much more.