With America's rising interest in Japanese car culture, after its rise in pop-culture and films/tv shows, it was only a matter of time before the States adopted one of Japan's key sports: Drifting.
Drifting, in short, is a stylistic way of driving; involving the process of sliding one's car around a set of corners in a spectacular fashion. Unfortunately, not every car out there is well-suited for this type of activity. To even get a normal car up to drifting standards, you would need to spend thousands of dollars and countless hours to perfect the art.
Luckily, though, there are a handful of cars that are actually pretty good at drifting straight from the factory. To give some context, here are ten of the best stock drift cars (No mods) you can buy today...
10 Subaru BRZ
A few years ago, the companies of Subaru, Toyota, and Scion (Toyota's subsidiary) came together to produce a car. This particular vehicle would have different names for each brand, but would be the same car on the outside and inside. Of course, this car was the BRZ/FR-S/GT86.
Unlike a standard Subaru or Scion, the BRZ/FR-S was a bona fide sports car. To be specific, a compact sports car with a 4-cylinder engine, manual transmission option, and rear-wheel drive. All of this in conjunction with a light weight body makes the BRZ a great (And cheap) car to throw around a tight corner from time-to-time.
9 Honda S2000
To combat companies like Mazda and their MX-5, Honda released their own take on the two-door roadster. It would have a low curb weight, high-revving 4-cylinder, and a manual transmission; better known as the S2000.
In terms of reliability and accessibility, the Honda S2000 is perfect. Like many fans of it say, an S2000 can do just about anything. You may see one in a drift event, autocross, drag racing, and so on. If a fun, tail happy, convertible is what you want, consider the S2000. However, expect to pay more than an MX-5, as well.
8 Ford Mustang
For those who want to stay domestic, you're not out of luck. The United States, although less effective than their Japanese counterparts, make plenty of fun and powerful cars that can be thrown around some backroads. For example, one of the most popular American sports cars ever, the Ford Mustang.
Even though the body and overall weight of a Mustang can be a lot, the immense horsepower and torque offset this cost enough to do some fun things. A characteristic that many of the GT Mustangs have is their habit to slide around corners. This isn't, by any means, surprising, since a large V8 and a heavy left foot usually lead to some "adventures," whether the driver wants it or not...
7 Toyota Corolla AE86
If you fancy yourself an anime connoisseur, then you've likely already familiarized yourself with the Toyota AE86. With the rise in popularity of Initial D, an anime with the Corolla as the protagonist's vehicle, and a growing public interest in J.D.M. cars, the classic Corolla AE86 became beloved for everything about it.
Toyota had, once again, made something very special with the AE86. At the time, it was an impressive hot hatch in terms of looks and performance. Even now, drifters, racers, and drivers alike find a common ground with the AE86. After all, it's an amazing vehicle for each of the categories above.
6 BMW M3
The Germans always seem to bring fourth some of the most advanced and desirable products. Whether it be their alcohol, their food, or their cars, Germany is (An will likely remain) an exporting giant. For good reason, too, as a manufacturer like BMW managed to produce one of the best sports cars ever: The M3.
The M3 has just about anything you could ask for in a sports car: Beautiful looks, great design, reliability, and much more. With the M-series tune and performance upgrades, the M3 has become a drifting favorite amongst enthusiast and competitors. This is due to a multitude of reasons, the most prevalent being its extra power, weight-ratios, and the competitive model from which it was built.
5 Mazda RX-7
Having a reliable car is a nice comfort. Not having to worry about whether the vehicle will start or when repairs will have to be paid for is a relaxing feeling. For those looking for this lifestyle, stay clear of the Mazda RX-7, unless you have extra cash lying around.
If you have the patience and extra dough to deal with a rotary car, especially the RX-7, then you're in luck as the RX-7 is an outstanding drifter and race car. Its rotary engine helps it rev to incredibly high levels, producing power and a sound mimicking that of a Formula One car.
What a Formula One car can't do that an RX-7 can, however, is destroy some touges (Narrow roads) with excellent power-slides and safety from the elements.
4 Mazda Miata
When people think about the quintessential small roadster for an affordable rate, usually, the first thing to come to mind would be the Mazda Miata. Since the early '90s, the Miata has been a king of small convertibles and budget motor sports.
If you look into motor sports, whether it be at drifting, autocross, racing, or anything else for that matter, odds are you will find a Miata somewhere in the mix. The reason behind this is their affordability, 50-50 weight ratio, reliable engines, and being a perfect platform to modify. However, even stock, a Miata (Regardless of the body style) will easily get its passengers very sideways.
3 Toyota Supra
Long before Japan car manufacturers began to make boring cars with cheap parts, a few stood out with their amazing inventions. Arguably, the most popular is that of Toyota's Supra MK3 and MK4.
These cars are engineering masterpieces for their price range and class. The engines, 1JZ-GTE and 2JZ-GTE respectively, are phenomenally strong; sometimes producing more than 1000 horsepower after modifications. This other-worldly design and a rear-wheel drive setup was sure to be loved by drifters, as evidenced by its prominence in Formula Drift and local events (Along with less than legal street drifting).
2 Nissan 350Z
In 2008, Nissan unveiled their replacement for the 350Z. It would be a redesigned version of the older model, going under the name of 370Z. This car was a great one, but not as drift-happy as its predecessor, the 350Z.
The 350Z is a two-door sports car produced by Nissan from 2002 until late 2008. Its 3.5-liter V6 engine mixed with a good suspension and construction from the factory made the Z an easy car to drift around town.
What surprises a lot of enthusiasts, though, is just how capable the stock 350Z is, as it takes nearly every opportunity it can to showoff its power.
1 Nissan 240SX
Just about everything has a perfect set. For breakfast, it's eggs or cereal. For Lewis Hamilton, it's winning championships/races. The same can be said for drifting, as the Nissan 240SX is perfect piece of the drifting set.
Like the Mazda Miata, wherever you go, you will probably see a 240SX somewhere. However, unlike the Miata, the 240SX is much more focused in the drifting community. Primarily due to its cheap parts/cost, ease to drift, rear-wheel drive, manual transmission, and popularity amongst both professionals and rookies.