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Apollo Phantom V3 (2023) Review

Original price was: $2,399.00.Current price is: $2,099.00.

8.5/10 (Expert Score)

DATE

May 26, 2023

Price When Reviewed: $2099.00

If you want to feel like Max Verstappen as you accelerate, race, and chicane your way through your city with captivating control, then the Apollo Phantom V3 will make you feel like you’re driving an F1 car on two wheels.

 

Featuring Apollo’s new MACH1 controller, a regen brake paddle, an integrated mobile app, terrifyingly fast Ludo mode, and one of the most ergonomic cockpits that I’ve had the pleasure of testing, it builds on the knockout blueprint enshrined by previous iterations to deliver spine-tingling performance and exquisite handling.

 

While there are scooters that give the Phantom a run for its money, not many can offer the same level of all-encompassing customer experience. It’s for this reason that we believe that the V3 will continue a lineage of highly-popular Apollo scooters.

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The good and the bad

Who we recommend it for

Is it worth its price tag?

Look, feel, and functionality

Results from our tests

Other scooters to consider

The Good and The Bad

Pros & Cons

PROS:

  • New MACH1 controller unleashes high performance
  • Supremely smooth throttle response
  • Rapid acceleration
  • Ludo mode boosts torque and top speed
  • First-ever performance scooter to feature a regenerative brake paddle
  • Supreme handling
  • Quadruple springs are perfectly calibrated
  • Mobile app lets you customize performance settings
  • Great for tall and heavy riders
  • Ergonomic cockpit
  • Excellent lighting rig
  • Sharp and responsive hydraulic brakes
  • IP54 water resistance rating


CONS:

  • The rubber that sits around the plastic casing of the regen and throttle paddles is poorly-fitted
  • Similarly-priced scooters offer more raw power, but some don’t match up to Apollo’s end-to-end customer experience

Apollo Phantom V3 Folded

Is It Right For You?

Who It's Best For

Apollo is a brand that doesn’t like to leave anyone behind. For beginners they have the Air, for commuters they offer the City, and for those seeking power and performance, the Ghost, Phantom, and Pro deliver.

Indeed, the Phantom hits the sweet spot between an entry-level dual-motor model and one that’s been designed for ultra-performance.

Apollo Phantom V3 Front Tire in Motion

It’s powerful, but welcomingly so. The integrated mobile app allows you to tailor the ride to your preferences, while the supremely smooth throttle response makes it incredibly easy to regulate your speed.

Then there’s its inclusive build that combines a high load capacity of 300 lbs with tall handlebars and a spacious deck to ensure that riders of all sizes – no matter if you’re tall, short, big, or small – can enjoy its many qualities.

Josh With the Apollo Phantom V3

Is It Worth Its Price Tag?

Value For Money

If you were to simply just look at its performance in the speed and mileage department against similarly-priced competitors, it would be easy to overlook.

It’s not a chart-topper by any means, but one thing that I’ve learned after reviewing over 100 electric scooters is that raw power isn’t everything. Just as the great Muhammad Ali said “Float like a butterfly sting like a bee”. You see, agility is just as important as power.

There are just a handful of models that combine graceful handling with immense power, and the Phantom is one of them. It’s perfectly-balanced performance profile is one of its greatest strengths.

Apollo Phantom V3 Swingarm

There are, of course, some circumstances where the V3’s value is challenged.

If your priority is all-terrain versatility, then the Mantis King GT is a better choice.

If buttery smooth ride quality and extremely fast acceleration rates are important to you, then the NAMI Klima may be your best bet.

And finally, if you’re on a budget and are happy to accept a scooter with controls that aren't as ergonomic, as well as a shorter range, then the much cheaper Mantis V2 (18.2Ah) will be ideal.

It’s also worth noting that if you’re already a proud owner of the Phantom V2, you can purchase a V3 upgrade kit that will equip your model with the new controller, display, and regen/accelerator paddles for just $399. After installation, you’ll benefit from all the performance upgrades that the V3 model offers.

Apollo Phantom V3 Upgrade Kit

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Look, Feel & Functionality

Design & Features

Cockpit

The Phantom has come a long way since the cheap plastic thumb throttle and key-lock ignition that blighted the first version. Gone is all the clutter, replaced by an ergonomic design that makes controlling the cockpit an altogether more enjoyable experience.

Apollo Phantom V3 Handlebars

It’s clear that the Apollo City has been a bountiful source of inspiration in the development of the Phantom V3 – and nowhere is this more evident than along the handlebars.

The regen and accelerative paddles are of the same larger, 7th-generation design as those featured on the City, while the integrated controls for your turn signals, riding modes, and on-off activation have been spread across the bar – all within easy reach of your thumbs.

Apollo Phantom V3 Throttle

At the heart of it, is the new LX display, which has replaced the older HEX variant. Not only is it bigger with double the refresh rate and anti-glare technology, but it now grants you access to all your key stats – including your speed, distance traveled, and remaining mileage – as well as the ability to activate the fearsome Ludo mode (more on that shortly).

Apollo Phantom V3 Ludo Mode on Display

And finally, a nod to the ultra-wide 27-inch handlebars themselves. I’m a big fan of their concave shape. They inspire confidence by making you feel safely enclosed, while the flared grips at either end maximize control and handling.

Apollo Phantom V3 Brake Lever

Frame

The Phantom is known for its proprietary design that shook the market upon its original release. As opposed to using a white-labeled frame, each component was built to fit together like a jigsaw. It’s the sum of parts that function like the intricate mechanics of a Swiss watch.

Apollo Phantom V3 Frame

You’ll be glad, therefore, to learn that the V3 doesn’t deviate from its origin, but instead builds on its blueprint with a plethora of upgrades. The all-metal, nigh-on invincible frame, meanwhile, retains its gun-metal highlights in keeping with its menacing exterior.

Deck

Measuring 20.5 x 8.5 inches, the deck is large – while the addition of the kickplate gives you an extra 5.5 inches of space.

Apollo Phantom V3 Chassis

Among all of the scooters that I’ve tested, it serves up the best configuration. Small details like the shallow angle and flat shape of the kickplate make a big difference to how you ride.

Combined with the deeply treaded and extremely grippy rubber matting – which now features cutouts to make access to the controllers and battery easier – the Phantom V3 sets the industry standard for how all decks should be designed.

There’s also a white logo that’s been emblazoned onto the deck, while an unknown, yet cool easter egg is the geometric tread pattern that spells out the letter A for Apollo.

Apollo Phantom v3 Deck

Tires

It’s no secret that I regard the Phantom as one of the most comfortable electric scooters and you can’t earn that accolade without a decent pair of tires to pad out your riding experience.

Measuring 10 inches tall and 3.25 inches wide they promise both stability and shock-absorption in spades.

Apollo Phantom V3 Being Ridden

What makes them stand out from the crowd, however, is their tread. Instead of being slick like the tires on so many other performance scooters, they feature a texture that’s moderately patterned. This lends itself to enhanced performance where they provide much-needed traction while accelerating, braking, and turning corners.

The tires also performed well during my terrain tests, where they maintained grip while being ridden over compacted dirt tracks and forest trails.

Apollo Phantom V3 Rear Fender

If there was one area for improvement it would be if the tires could be tubeless and self-healing, like those on the Apollo City.

Portability

I won’t sugar-coat it – at 77 lbs, it’s heavy. Lugging it upstairs is an effort, so be warned if you live on floor 8 of an apartment complex.

Apollo Phantom V3 Folded Frame

That said, it does come equipped with an intuitive folding mechanism that combines a claw-like hook with a safety collar and pin.

Apollo Phantom V3 Secure Folding Joint

The claw-like mechanism pulls the stem flush to the base of the folding joint while the strong plastic collar wraps around the folding lever to ensure it can’t come loose while riding. Cementing the stem’s locked position is the safety pin that punches through the stem.

Apollo Phantom V3 Secure Folding Mechanism

To collapse the stem, you simply pull the safety pin out, twist the collar, and pull down on the folding lever.

There’s also a hook on the back of the handlebars that allows you to secure them to the deck when it’s collapsed.

Apollo Phantom V3 Handlebars Locked Into Deck

Load

With a load capacity of 300 lbs, it’s one of the most inclusive scooters around.

When testing it, I weighed 190 lbs (including my helmet and safety gear), so I can confidently say that’ll deliver an excellent level of performance for riders around this weight.

Apollo Phantom V3 Deck in Motion

However, given its powerful motors, battery, and durable build, I can see it performing admirably for riders up to 270 lbs.

Lights

When I reviewed the original Phantom I was impressed with its lighting rig. It had a bright 1000W lumen headlight, LEDs embedded into the front and rear of the deck, and a taillight. It, however, was missing one thing – turn signals that flashed at both the front and rear.

Well, Apollo heard our feedback and has added a full suite of turn signals to the new Phantom, meaning it now has one of the best lighting packages you can get.

Apollo Phantom V3 Lights

Building on this successful blueprint, the display now shows when the turn signals are active via flashing indicator icons. They also beep while in use.

Apollo Phantom V3 Headlight

Mobile App

One of the star additions to the Phantom V3’s spec sheet is the new mobile app integration.

As seen on both the Apollo Air and City, it opens up a whole world of customization that’ll benefit riders of all experience levels. From the app, you can:

  • Dial in the strength of the regen brake and acceleration
  • Adjust your top speed, as well as the speed of each riding mode
  • Turn cruise control on/off, and set the time it takes before it automatically kicks in
  • Turn the digital lock on/off, which immobilizes the scooter by applying the electronic brakes
  • Turn the lights on/off
  • Toggle between kick-to-start and zero-start modes
  • Use it as a navigational device (i.e. follow a route to your destination)
  • Record trips
  • Get range estimates based on your most recent riding pattern

Apollo City 2022 Mobile App

Build Quality

There’s no denying that the original had some teething issues when it was first released, but the Phantom you see today is three different scooters combined into one. To refine the scooter, Apollo gathered feedback from the 10,000+ units of the V1 and V2 that they sold to tweak, improve, and refresh the V3.

The result is a scooter that addresses real-world rider needs and concerns. It's been carefully designed with meticulous attention to detail.

Apollo Phantom V3 Stem

Even small details have undergone improvements. The steel kickstand not only acts as a sturdy foot for the scooter to rest on, but it protects the charge ports in the event of a crash. The newly equipped screw-on charge port covers are more secure. The electrical components that make up the cockpit have plug-and-play cable connectors, making replacement easy. The smart power management system protects against short-circuiting, overcurrent, overcharging, undervoltage, and regulates the temperature of the scooter’s core components. And finally, the IP54 water-resistance rating ensures that it’s protected against inclement weather.

Apollo Phantom V3 Hydraulic Disc Brake

My only reservation is with the poorly-fitted rubber that sits around the plastic casing of the regen and throttle paddles.

Results From Our Tests

Performance Report

Performance Report Summary

CategoryResult
Top Speed41 mph
0-15 MPH2.3 s
0-25 MPH4.5 s
Max Range (Riding Slow)40 miles
Max Range (Riding Fast)29 miles
Braking2.1 meters
Max Incline25 degrees
Optimal Incline15 degrees

Top Speed

We’re used to seeing brands pigging backing off other companies to fulfill key components for their scooters, but in a first for an electric scooter company, Apollo has designed their own controller.

Named the MACH1, or M1 for short, it delivers a supremely smooth throttle response that’s akin to a Sine Wave controller.

Apollo Phantom V3 MACH1 Controller

However, it’s not just a smooth acceleration curve. This combination of circuits, sensors, and firmware has completely rewritten the rulebook on what the 52V 1200W motors can conjure up in terms of torque, acceleration, and top speed.

Previously, the 52V Phantom V2 could reach 38 mph, whilst speeds of 43 mph were achievable with the more expensive 60V 1400W variant. Now, the V3 can reach a top speed of 41 mph when in Ludo mode, hitting the sweet spot between the two.

Apollo Phantom V3 Rear Motor

A 3 mph improvement may not fill you with excitement, but with the addition of the new controller, Apollo has been able to release a higher-performing version of the Phantom at a lower price than what you would have had to pay for the old 60V variant.

Plus, with the new controller’s capabilities, it will give you a heads-up via the app if the motors, battery, or controller start to overheat, and will automatically reduce performance until they return to normal temperature levels. This not only allows you to better manage your ride but ensures that the scooter remains safe.

Top Speed vs Price

Applying a $500 bracket around the Phantom’s price tag reveals 5 comparable models.

The headline here is that despite ranking 5th, there’s not much between the scooters. Just 2 mph separates the V3 from the leaders of the pack.

ScooterPriceTop Speed
Mantis King GT
$2,095
43 mph
Wolf Warrior X GT
$2,195
43 mph
Wolf Warrior X
$1,699
43 mph
NAMI Klima
$2,299
42 mph
Apollo Phantom V3
$2,099
41 mph
Mantis V2 (24.5Ah)
$1,599
40 mph

The way I see it is this: if you’re looking for an all-terrain conqueror, the Mantis King GT may be your best bet; if a luxuriously smooth ride and blistering acceleration rate are your deal-breakers, opt for the NAMI Klima; or if exquisite handling and control amidst urban jungles is your thing, look no further than the Phantom.

Acceleration

Based on our tests, the Phantom V3 accelerates from 0-15 mph in 2.3 seconds and 0-25 mph in just 4.5 seconds. This is fast, but thanks to the well-balanced frame and chassis, you feel in control at all times.

ScooterPrice0-15 MPH0-25 MPH
NAMI Klima
$2,299
1.9 s2.9 s
Mantis King GT
$2,095
1.9 s4.0 s
Mantis V2 (18.2Ah)
$1,599
2.1 s4.7 s
Apollo Phantom V3
$2,099
2.3 s4.5 s

Against the backdrop of the scooters that I recommend as alternatives, there are milliseconds between the Phantom and the two Mantis models. Where there’s a big difference, however – and one that you can tangibly feel while accelerating – is with the NAMI Klima’s wind-whipping performance.

With dual 60V 1000W motors and 40A Sine Wave controllers, it achieves the fastest acceleration rate that I’ve ever recorded, making it 35% quicker to hit 25 mph than the Phantom.

Nevertheless, the Phantom’s combination of a zero dead-zone throttle and fierce acceleration remains impressive.

Apollo Phantom V3 Chassis in Motion

Mileage

Armed with a 52V 23.4Ah battery and the new MACH1 controller – which promises a 27% improvement in efficiency – the V3 puts out a maximum range of 40 miles.

Under our tests, where the riding conditions included me as a 190 lb rider, a circuit of undulating city streets, and periods of fast acceleration, cruising, and multiple stops, the real-world range came in at 29 miles.

Mileage vs Price

Once again, the Phantom V3 trails the likes of the Mantis King GT and NAMI Klima.

The reality is, the King GT’s battery is 18% larger than the V3’s, while the Klima’s is 23% bigger.

ScooterPriceMax Range
Mantis King GT
$2,095
56 miles
NAMI Klima
$2,299
50 miles
Wolf Warrior X GT
$2,195
50 miles
Mantis V2 (24.5Ah)
$1,599
45 miles
Apollo Phantom V3
$2,099
40 miles
Wolf Warrior X
$1,699
40 miles

Despite this, the Phantom has enough in its tank to suffice for most journeys. I’d also factor in the rest of the V3’s overall package before being swayed by these stats.

Apollo Phantom V3 Kickplate and Fender

Hill Climbing

Propelled by its dual motors and 3200W of peak power, it’s an enthusiastic hill climber.

According to manufacturer specs, it’ll overcome steep inclines of up to 25 degrees, though, in reality, you’ll start to feel it slow when scaling anything above 15 degrees.

Shock Absorption

What’s not to love about the quadruple suspension system? The shocks are exceptionally well-calibrated to guarantee comfort regardless of your weight, while the absence of any bottoming out is a testament to the excellent damping that they provide.

Apollo Phantom V3 Front Springs

Working in cahoots with the large air-filled tires, the suspension distinguishes this scooter as one of the best models for ride quality in its price category. On a scale of 1 to 10 – where 1 is extremely stiff and 10 is extremely soft – I scored it a 7.

That said, it does its best work on roads. While the Phantom V3 can get by on dirt tracks and trails, you’ll find things get bumpy.

Braking

Apollo thrives on ripping up the rule book, and the brand’s been at it again with the incorporation of the first-ever regenerative brake paddle on a performance scooter.

Apollo Phantom V3 Regen Paddle

Its use not only recharges the battery by up to 10% but keeps the accompanying mechanical brakes fresh and free from wear.

To get nerdy, here’s how the regen brakes work. When applied, the flow of electricity from the battery to the motors is cut. However, because the wheels are still rotating and moving forward, kinetic energy is created. This creates electricity which is then drawn away from the motors and funneled to the battery so it can recharge. By drawing the kinetic energy away, drag is created, thereby slowing the rotation of the wheels.

Combined with the 160 mm hydraulic discs, the complete setup will bring you to a stop from 15 mph in an outstanding 2.1 meters.

Apollo Phantom V3 Disc Brake

Ride Quality

The Phantom V3’s well-balanced performance profile and sublime handling are its main calling cards – it’s what sets it apart as the Patrick Mahomes in a field of comparable scooters.

From the ultra-wide handlebars, ergonomic controls, and spacious deck, to the well-damped quadruple suspension, traction-loving tires, and powerful MACH1 controller, the ride quality on display is nothing short of sensational.

Josh Standing on the Apollo Phantom V3

As soon as you step foot on it and hit the throttle, you feel at one with the scooter. It’s gripping to ride.

So numerous are the ingredients that go into the Phantom’s performance in this area that you wonder how they can all come together so harmoniously. But they do – and this synergy elevates the V3 into electric scooter stardom.

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Post-Purchase Support

Warranty

The Apollo Phantom V3 is covered by a 12-month limited warranty against manufacturing defects. This includes cover for all the major components, including the motors, controller, and battery, as well as items like the lights, handlebars, throttle, display, and much more.

If you encounter any issues and make a claim, it’s important to know that while the costs of labor and parts are included under warranty, shipping fees to and from Apollo’s Repair Centre aren’t.

Apollo Phantom V3 Durable Build

As to be expected, the warranty does not cover damage or defects caused by negligence, improper assembly, modifications, accidents, misuse, improper tools, acts of god, failure to follow the user manual/set up guides, water damage, improper cleaning solutions, improper maintenance, extreme/stunt driving, commercial use, unauthorized accessories, upgrades not sold by Apollo, and general wear and tear.

Apollo is also one of the few companies in the industry that has built an entire ecosystem to facilitate an end-to-end consumer experience. When you buy an Apollo scooter, you buy it from Apollo, and that means excellent customer care throughout each stage of the buying process, including post-sale. This can be seen in their extensive self-help hub that’s home to a wealth of resources stretching from general buying FAQs to set-up guides and step-by-step repair tutorials.

Manufacturer Specs

Specification Sheet

Specification: Apollo Phantom V3 (2023) Review

Brand
Brand

Apollo

Type
Terrain

Off-Road, Street

Design
Portability

Folding Frame

Weight (lbs)

77

Rider Weight (lbs)

300

Tire Size (inches)

10

Tire Type

Pneumatic (Inner-Tube)

Performance
Top Speed (mph)

41

Max Range (miles)

40

Charge Time (hours)

12

Suspension Type

Front & Rear

Brake Type

Disc (Full-Hydraulic), Regenerative

Extra Features
Extra Features

Cruise Control, Lights, Mobile App, Water Resistance Rating, Dual Motors, Turn Signals

Specification
Max Incline (degrees)

25

Water Resistance Rating

IP54

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Specification: Apollo Phantom V3 (2023) Review

Brand
Brand

Apollo

Type
Terrain

Off-Road, Street

Design
Portability

Folding Frame

Weight (lbs)

77

Rider Weight (lbs)

300

Tire Size (inches)

10

Tire Type

Pneumatic (Inner-Tube)

Performance
Top Speed (mph)

41

Max Range (miles)

40

Charge Time (hours)

12

Suspension Type

Front & Rear

Brake Type

Disc (Full-Hydraulic), Regenerative

Extra Features
Extra Features

Cruise Control, Lights, Mobile App, Water Resistance Rating, Dual Motors, Turn Signals

Specification
Max Incline (degrees)

25

Water Resistance Rating

IP54

Apollo Phantom V3 (2023) Review
Apollo Phantom V3 (2023) Review

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