5 JDM Cars that are Surprisingly Good at Drifting

JDM cars have been known for their durability and reliable performance. With proper maintenance, they can have a longer lifespan, giving you the best value for your money. What some people do not know is that there are many vehicles from the JDM that are also perfect for drifting.
In this article, we’ve listed five of our JDM cars for drifting. Some of them are even available in our Japan used cars catalog! Keep reading to find out which you can buy now!

1) Nissan Skyline R33 GTS-T

People around the world recognize the Nissan Skyline from popular movies and video games like Battle Gear, Grand Theft Auto, The Fast and the Furious, and Need for Speed. The legendary Nissan Skyline built its racing reputation when it performed incredibly well at the 1964 Suzuka Circuit. If you’re going to opt for the R33 GTS-T model, you can expect it to be one of the most affordable vehicles for drifting. What makes this car special is its rear wheel drive design combined with the famed RB25 engine. If you’re planning to modify the Nissan Skyline R33 GTS-T, you would have a good base to start with.

2) Toyota Supra

When the Toyota Supra was featured in the first Fast and Furious movie, it quickly transformed into a popular icon. There are many good reasons why the producers chose this vehicle as the heart of the film. For one, the Supra Mk4 features an amazing turbo engine that can be considered overbuilt. The 320hp is also a good starting point for those who plan on modifying this vehicle. With the right fuel and turbo system, the engine can excellently handle airflow. Upgrade the pistons and rods and you would be able to push the horsepower to over 800.

3) Toyota Corolla AE86

Many consider the Toyota Corolla as the safe and boring choice for a car. While it is reliable, it can be a bland and basic mode of transportation. However, people easily forget that it is one of the first vehicles that drifting legend Keiichi Tsuchiya drove at the start of his career. These days, it can be quite difficult to find one. The great news is, the Toyota Corolla is still available in various used JDM car auctions. If you happen to get one, you can tune the engine to produce more torque.

4) Mazda RX7

If you are just a beginner, you would find the Mazda RX7 a difficult vehicle to drift with. Despite being the dream car of many, this vehicle has a notorious reputation for drifting. People tend to opt for some lesser vehicle because they are daunted by the RX7’s rotary engine. On the other hand, for talented drifters, this can be an absolute joy to ride. Aside from its great balance, the Mazda RX7’s turbo Wankel Rotary can give enough power to the tires, making it quite competitive on the track.

5) Honda Integra Type R

Many consider the Honda Integra Type R to be the best front-wheel drive vehicle to originate from Japan. This vehicle’s razor-sharp design was based on the standard Integra SiR. On the other hand, the Integra Type R has a strengthened chassis and increased engine performance. It is also worth noting that this vehicle is lighter in weight. As such, you can expect it to perform well when you use it for drifting.

Despite rendering just 200bhp, the Type R DC2 still has a unique character due to its screaming 1800cc DOHC VTEC engine. Some improvements were introduced with the ’98 spec’ models, but the best versions would come from the original 95-97 series.

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