Turboant V8 Review

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Turboant is a certified A-lister of the entry-level scooter fraternity – this accolade alone gives you some indication of what its latest creation, the V8, is all about. Except, that’s like saying Clint Eastwood is just a good actor in Westerns. Because when it comes to pushing the envelope of what’s possible for a budget everyday scooter, the Turboant V8 is a Million Dollar Baby.

 

Exhibit A: not one, but two batteries (one of which is detachable) that combined, deliver a maximum range of 50 miles. The V8 is the first scooter I’ve ever tested that sports such a feature, and trust me when I say it’s worth its full weight in gold. Allied with a 5-second folding mechanism and surprisingly smooth ride quality, this is a city companion that will have Rita in HR asking where she can pick one up.

 

It may not win any awards for style or beauty, but the V8 doesn’t care. It’s a model designed from top to bottom to take the wear and tear of everyday life in its stride. It represents a giant step forward for affordable budget scooters.

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Who is it Best For?

Will the Turboant V8 Be a Good Fit For You?

The Turboant V8 is purpose-built for riders who want a safe and dependable set of wheels to get from A to B. With its Herculean range at your fingertips, you can wave goodbye to boring public transport, fume-spewing car journeys, and panicked dashes to the office; the V8 will get you where you need to be without any of the hassle.

Josh on Turboant V8

Think of the possibilities. Local errands; dinner with friends; a trip to the movies; dates with Rita in HR. For the V8, this is all in a day's work. And with its top speed of 20 mph, it’s a workhorse that won’t leave you clinging on by the whites of your knuckles, either.

Capable of carrying a load capacity of up to 275 lbs, the V8 is suitable for heavier riders, though you may want to look elsewhere if you’re over 6 feet, as the handlebars are a little short.

That said, whether you’re an entry-level rider just looking for a more convenient mode of traveling the streets, or a more experienced aficionado seeking a rugged kickabout for long cruising journeys, the V8 should be catapulted to the forefront of your considerations. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better scooter under $800.

Turboant V8 Chassis

Pros and Cons

PROS:
  • Two batteries, with one being detachable
  • Dedicated charging dock for removable battery
  • Dual rear suspension
  • Plush 9-inch tires that are extra grippy
  • Surprisingly good ride quality
  • Equal distribution of weight across the stem and chassis ensures good handling
  • Good lighting package
  • IP54 water-resistance rating

CONS:
  • Display disappears in direct sunlight
  • Clunky design

Value for Money

Is the Price Tag Worth it?

If range is a key factor in your decision-making then, simply put, the Turboant V8 represents outstanding value for money. In a world where scooters with much less mileage can cost thousands of dollars, the V8’s $799.98 price tag is eye-popping.

Turboant V8 Battery Being Removed

No other scooter can lay claim to its two battery/one removable combo; this alone makes it a bona fide bargain in our book. But a one-trick-pony, the Turboant V8 is not. Though hardly a sight for sore eyes, it’s a real joy to ride, with rear suspension, juicy tires, and its sturdy frame delivering comfort and security to the table.

Sure, it may not stand out if aesthetics are chief among your concerns, and with one 450W motor, it’s not exactly going to excite adrenaline junkies, either.

If you’re in neither of those camps, however, then the V8 is a real game-changer that will make you reevaluate your expectations around what a budget electric scooter can deliver.

Turboant V8 Geometric Fender

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Design

Handlebars

The first noteworthy detail here is that the V8’s handlebars are 3.4 inches wider than those found on its sibling, the X7 Max.

Turboant V8 Handlebars

This makes a real difference when it comes to handling. Though, standing taller at 49.2-inches compared to the V8’s height of 45.5-inches, the X7 Max remains a better fit if you’re tall (i.e. above 6 ft).

Turboant M10 With X7 Max and V8

Aside from the improved width, the handlebars are typically Turboant: clean and simple. We’re big fans of the ergonomic thumb throttle, while the grips are sufficiently grippy to ensure your hold always feels secure.

Turboant V8 Handgrip and Throttle

Crowning the center of the handlebars is an LCD display that gives you oversight of your vital stats, while on the left-hand side you’ll find the lever for the rear disc brake.

Everything on the V8’s handlebars is positioned perfectly for optimized functionality.

Turboant V8 Display

Frame

There’s no getting around the fact that the Turboant V8 is a hefty, almost ugly-looking scooter. If it came down to aesthetics, the elegant X7 Max would win hands down.

While I’ve referred to some scooters in the past as prioritizing style over substance, the opposite can be said of the V8.

Turboant V8 Thick Frame

After taking the V8 out on its inaugural test tide, its ride quality immediately surprised me. Its clunkiness actually improves the scooter’s maneuverability, while the more balanced distribution of weight across the stem and chassis immediately gives you a sense of stability that you don’t get from other scooters – like the Turboant X7 Max which has an extremely top-heavy design where 75% of the weight is on the stem, making the chassis incredibly light.

Turboant V8 Chassis

The V8 is also one tough customer. The aluminum-alloy, water-resistant frame will handle anything your daily routine can throw at it, improving the model’s longevity and freeing your mind from any concerns about protecting it from the city’s many hazards.

It’s the tank of the budget scooter battlefield.

Turboant V8 Frame From Rear

Deck

It will not surprise you to learn that such a clunky scooter comes with a pretty sizable deck, which is a real plus point for larger riders.

Suitably grippy and sporting a fin-like design at the rear, it’s the first Turboant scooter that comes with a kickplate that you can use to position your feet in a more aggressive riding stance.

Turboant V8 Deck

However, considering that the deck houses one of the V8’s batteries, it does lose some ground clearance, meaning you can’t roll up or down curbs and should exercise caution when riding over other obstacles. By comparison to the Turboant X7 Max which has a thin deck, it loses out on 1.2 inches of clearance.

Turboant V8 Geometric Chassis

Wheels

This is a Turboant scooter, so you can bet your mortgage on it coming equipped with plush tires. Measuring at 9.3-inches, these air-filled beauties work admirably alongside the rear suspension to deliver a smooth, cushioned urban ride.

Turboant V8 Rear Tire

Unlike other popular budget scooters – including those from Turboant – the tires benefit from perfect curvature with a three-dimensional tread pattern that wraps around the tire.

Typically, scooters of a similar price and category will sport tires that have a much slicker tread pattern and a front-on profile that is rounded but comes to an edge on either side.

Turboant V8 Front Tire

The benefit of those on the V8 is that they more effectively grip the ground, meaning they deliver a superior riding experience when carving from side to side. Ultimately, they ensure that you always maintain control, even when cornering at speed.

Build Quality & Durability

Turboant is a brand hailed for its resilient build quality, and the V8 is perhaps the purest expression of that heritage.

Turboant V8 Cable Management

The best way to describe the V8’s build quality is basic yet robust, with a nod to durability and longevity.

It may not be the most refined build and it certainly isn’t the most beautiful scooter, but one thing is for sure, there are no chinks in its armor while riding it.

Turboant V8 Kickstand

Weight & Load

At 48 lbs, it can’t exactly be classed in the portable scooter category. But it does carry two batteries, so I’ll cut it some slack.

And though it's a struggle to carry this mini-juggernaut over long distances, the V8 does make amends with its impressive 275 lbs load-bearing capacity.

Turboant V8 Rubber Deck Matting

Folding & Portability

One of my favorite features of the V8 is its simple 5-second folding mechanism, which makes it refreshingly easy to compact down.

Via a simple folding lever and a safety latch that pins the folding mechanism in place, the V8 is as solid as a rock when folded and unfolded.

Turboant V8 Folding Safety Lock

Though it may not be the smallest or lightest scooter, it can be easily stowed away in a car or storage space, while taking it on public transport should be no headache.

Turboant V8 Folded

Assembly

You’ll be understandably chomping at the bit to take your new toy out for a spin as soon as you receive it, and the good news is that the Turboant V8 comes virtually ready to roll out of the box.

All you need to do is attach the handlebars to the stem with the tools provided, and hey presto, you’re ready to conquer the city.

Ride Quality

Is the Turboant V8 Comfortable to Ride?

The V8 is without a doubt Turboant’s best scooter in terms of ride quality.

Josh With Turboant M10, as well as X7 Max and V8

As previously mentioned, the V8 benefits from an equal distribution of weight across both its stem and chassis, and this makes a significant difference to the level of control and handling that the scooter affords.

Turboant V8 Frame

Most notable of all, however, is the elongated hexagonal shape and weight of the stem. It almost feels as though the steering column has a built-in damper. As a result, the handlebars feel stable throughout every ride. There’s also no wobble at high speeds.

Turboant V8 Stem

This isn’t all that makes the V8 enjoyable to ride, though. The dual spring suspension at the rear works in tandem with plush air-filled tires to soften the blow of the majority of surface imperfections.

If I had to describe the V8’s ride quality in two words it would be: confidence-inspiring. The biggest factor that aids its ability to deliver a fun ride is its stability. This makes it perfect for beginners but also gives more experienced riders the freedom to dip, dive, and weave through city environments.

Front of Turboant V8 Handlebars

Performance & Safety

Top Speed

Powered by a 36V 450W brushless motor, the Turboant V8 can hit a top speed of 20 mph, making it perfectly suited to busy environments.

You can also activate one of three riding modes: Eco will limit your speed to conserve battery life, Comfort will place the focus on a balanced riding experience, and Sport will allow you to put the pedal to the metal.

Let's look at how the V8 stacks up against scooters within its price and weight classes.

Speed vs Price Comparison

At $799.98, 18 other models within a range of $500 can be compared to the V8.

Turboant V8 Speed vs Price Comparison

The Turboant V8 is a mid-level performer when balancing speed against price, but its similarly-priced competition is typically associated with 500W and 600W motors, as shown by the majority of scooters that outpace it – including the Apollo Air 2022, Horizon, and Mosquito.

The SPLACH Twin, on the other hand, blows all other models – including the V8 – out the water with its dual 48V 600W motors, and 28 mph top speed.

While it may not achieve a podium position, the V8 undoubtedly places more emphasis on range and utility. It’s with these qualities that it truly shines within its price category (which we’ll see later on in the review).

Speed vs Weight Comparison

Shifting the focus to scooters that sit within the same weight class as the Turboant V8 reveals a similar story to the price comparison.

Turboant V8 Speed vs Weight Comparison

Here, the V8 has its clunky frame to blame with a middle-of-the-class ranking when pitted against 5 other models.

In simple terms, its 450W can’t compete with the likes of the SPLACH Twin which carries 2.7 times more motor power.

Acceleration

As we’ve established, speed is not the V8’s calling card. It brings no surprises into the equation when we look at acceleration, either.

Turboant V8 Acceleration Comparison

Despite having a motor that is 29% larger than its sibling – the Turboant X7 Max – the extra power is negated by its heavier frame. Here, it only beats the X7 Max to 15 mph by fractions of a second. It does, however, gain quite the advantage over the GoTrax GMAX Ultra.

Scooter 0-15 MPH (Seconds)
SPLACH Twin ($999) 3.0
Turboant V8 ($800) 6.3
Turboant X7 Max ($600) 6.9
GoTrax GMAX Ultra ($849) 8.0

Reaching 15 mph from a standstill in 6.3 seconds, the V8 trails behind the SPLACH Twin’s rapid 3.0 seconds by quite a distance. But, this is to be expected considering the Twin’s dual motors.

Overall, the acceleration and responsiveness of the throttle are ideal for first-time riders and those that want to cruise, as opposed to race.

Range

Armed with two 36V 7.5Ah batteries – one of which is removable – range is where the Turboant V8 turns heads.

Combined, the batteries can deliver an extraordinary maximum manufacturer-quoted range of 50 miles, though under our realistic riding conditions we got closer to 25 miles.

Mileage vs Price Comparison

Compared to 18 other models within a price range of $500, the V8 is in a league of its own – on the surface at least.

Turboant V8 Mileage vs Price Comparison

That’s because its closest competitor, the GoTrax GMAX Ultra, has a larger 367V 17.5Ah battery that can store 17% more energy (540Wh vs 630Wh). It also uses superior LG cells, which leads me to believe that the V8’s maximum mileage credentials have been, let’s say, massaged.

But, there’s an elephant in the room that we simply can’t ignore: the V8’s detachable battery. This grants you the potential for added capacity that the GoTrax cannot match. So, with all things considered, the V8 just about deserves its leader-of-the-pack status.

Mileage vs Weight Comparison

Moving to our comparison of the scooters in the V8’s weight class, it once again sweeps the floor with the rest of the scooters achieving the top ranking.

Turboant V8 Mileage vs Weight Comparison

However, the GMAX Ultra closely follows the V8 in the rankings. Considering that the GoTrax is far easier to carry – thanks to its slender stem that you can grip one-handed – it should be considered if portability is important to you.

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Hill Climbing

As with all scooters that sport similar-sized motors to the V8, it has enough power to scale gradual inclines but slows considerably on anything more challenging.

Turboant V8 Motor

If you plan to ride in a hilly area, we recommend checking our guide to the best hill-climbing electric scooters.

Shock Absorption / Suspension

This is an area of real strength for the V8. Compared to other Turboant models, which come with no suspension, the V8 represents a real leap forward for the brand.

Turboant V8 Chassis From Rear

The dual rear springs allow the deck to pivot up and down, but they do feel somewhat stiff. The good news is that they loosen over time to calibrate with your weight. The result is a smooth ride that will make a mockery of bumps and lumps in the road.

Braking

With the mechanical disc brake and electronic braking system slowing the scooter, our tests show it can come to a complete stop from 15 mph in 4.7 meters.

Turboant V8 Brake Lever

Although distinctly average in terms of performance for budget scooters, it’s lacking when compared to its cheaper sibling, the Turboant X7 Max which can come to a stop in 3.0 meters.

Turboant V8 Disc Brake

Charge Time

Both batteries can be charged in 4 hours.

Thankfully, the V8 comes with a battery dock and two charging adapters so that you can recharge both batteries simultaneously.

Turboant V8 Charge Port

Extra Features

Responsive LCD Display

In what’s a first for Turboant scooter – and for that fact, for any scooter that we’ve reviewed – the LCD display is responsive, meaning it reacts to your input.

Turboant V8 Display

If you pull lightly on the brakes, for example, then a quartet of bars – each representing a greater intensity of strength – will light up. The harder you pull on the brake lever, the higher the bar count will be. The same interactivity is seen when accelerating.

Aside from its responsive interface, the display is fairly simple. You’ll be able to track your speed, battery life, riding mode, and a few other pieces of information including the status of your lights and cruise control (i.e. on or off) via icons.

Turboant V8 Handlebars at an Angle

My one criticism? The display is rendered useless in direct light. You can’t see anything, which is less than ideal.

Headlight, Taillight & Deck LEDs

The V8 comes with a pretty neat lighting rig. Together, it represents a huge improvement on all the previous models that the brand has released.

Turboant V8 Headlight Beam

Leading from the front is a 3W LED headlight that is similar to that sported by the X7 Max. Where it ups the ante, however, is with a coterie of ambient lights embedded into the front and rear of the deck. A smokey taillight completes the package.

Turboant V8 Rear Fender and Taillight

I’d go as far as to say that it has the best lighting package of any entry-level scooter.

Turboant V8 Lights When Dark

Removable Stem Battery & Charging Dock

Let’s be real: the detachable battery is what truly sets the Turboant V8 apart from other scooters in its price and weight classes.

Working alongside the battery in the deck, it’s a real game-changer if you don’t want battery life to encumber your plans for the day.

Turboant V8 Removable Battery

Removing the battery is super simple, too. You pull up on the small knob that’s positioned at the top of the stem and pull the battery outwards until it is freed from the cavity. Once you’re ready to place it back, you repeat the process and lower the knob to lock it into position.

Turboant V8 Handle to Pull Battery Out

And don’t forget, there’s always the option of buying a spare battery for $199.98.

IP54 Water-Resistance Rating

Equipped with an IP54 water-resistance rating, the V8 can breeze through small puddles and be ridden in the rain without fear of things going sideways.

As with any scooter, I strongly suggest leaving it at home if there’s a heavy downpour. Though it’s splash-proof, it's best not to expose it to rain for prolonged periods.

Specification: Turboant V8 Review

Brand
Brand

Turboant

Type
Suitable For

Adults

Terrain

Urban

Design
Portability

Folding Frame

Weight (lbs)

48

Rider Weight (lbs)

275

Tire Size (inches)

9

Tire Type

Pneumatic (Air-Filled)

Performance
Speed (mph)

20

Range (miles)

50

Max Incline (%)

27

Charge Time (hours)

4

Suspension

Rear Only

Brakes

Disc, Electronic Regenerative

Extra Features
Extra Features

Cruise Control, Extended Battery Pack, LED Display, LED Lights, Waterproof Rating

Warranty & Post-Purchase Support

Being a Turboant scooter, the V8 comes with a standard 12-month warranty that covers structural parts, as well as the display, outer tires, and charging cables. The batteries, chargers, controller, motor, and lights, however, are covered for 6 months.

If you experience any defects with any of the above, Turboant will honor free repairs and replacements within the warranty time frames, so long as you provide photographic or video proof with your claim.

As is customary with many brands, the warranty does not cover general wear and tear, misuse, cosmetic damage, neglect, alterations, or improper assembly.

Specification: Turboant V8 Review

Brand
Brand

Turboant

Type
Suitable For

Adults

Terrain

Urban

Design
Portability

Folding Frame

Weight (lbs)

48

Rider Weight (lbs)

275

Tire Size (inches)

9

Tire Type

Pneumatic (Air-Filled)

Performance
Speed (mph)

20

Range (miles)

50

Max Incline (%)

27

Charge Time (hours)

4

Suspension

Rear Only

Brakes

Disc, Electronic Regenerative

Extra Features
Extra Features

Cruise Control, Extended Battery Pack, LED Display, LED Lights, Waterproof Rating

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