Each car has three upgrade levels. The look of the car will change in the image when you go back to your garage, and its characteristics will change. You’ll also see the car will look different from the top as you’re playing with it.
All the cars get faster through the game. The remaining upgrades tighten up the handling and/or steering (which can make them more tricky to drive initially), or allow the car to slide more smoothly.
Akina Front Runner Sport
This car is unlocked by default. It’s not that quick, but it’s fairly easy to drift and you can get some really good scores.
Takeshi Marquis Royal
The Takeshi is the next car to be unlocked. It drifts very easily, but doesn’t turn as well as the Akina. It’s harder to get golds in most of the tracks and more difficult to control on the narrower tracks as it’s longer.
This is the third car to unlock (though you can unlock the Nagama before this if you abandon the Akina early and complete Drift Legends with the Takeshi). It’s a bit twitchy to drift and it’s impossible (we think) to get all golds in it just using the buttons to control the car. You can do it with the wheel, though. It gets very fast when modified. This has an advantage on some tracks like Despair and Cottingham Manor because you can get round the loops twice with a lot of time to spare. Can you tame the Felix? We’d like to see if you can get gold on all the tracks using the buttons – we couldn’t!
Nagama Diana RS
The Nagama is the best car to drift. Even though you can score higher in some tracks with other car, the Nagama tends to be better to play with and is the easiest car on almost all the tracks to get gold. As it gets upgraded, though, it gets progressively more twitchy and you’ll need more skill to control it.