Turboant V8 Review: Great Range & Ride Quality, But Heavy Build

September 7, 2023
in Electric Scooters
Editor & EV Reviewer
Turboant V8 electric scooter on the road
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Our Rating
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8
Speed
7
Acceleration & Hills
9
Range
7
Portability
9
Ride Quality
8
Build Quality
8
Safety
7
Features
9
Value

Our review score is based on thorough real-world testing and is always held up against comparable models.

Key Specs

Values marked with '*' are based on our independent testing and may differ from those specified by the manufacturer.

Top Speed
19.41 MPH*
Range
21.3 miles*
Motor
450 W
Battery
540 Wh
Tires
9"
Weight
47.6 lbs
$569.98 USD
$799.98 USD
-28%
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We tested the Turboant V8 electric scooter for over 250 miles to find out just how good it is. Discover our performance test results below as we take a deep dive into the popular V8.

The Turboant V8 reached the market in Q2 of 2022 and has since become a staple name in the commuter scooter category.

The V8 dual-battery scooter one-ups other Turboants (and many other commuter scooters) with 450W of motor power and 640 Wh of battery capacity.

But how does it perform in the real world? We tested it and held it up against a range of comparable scooters to see if it was worth the money.

Turboant V8 At a Glance

First, let's establish the main specifications as described by the manufacturer.

Motor & Power450W front motor
Battery Type2 * 36V, 7.5Ah lithium-ion
Battery Capacity540 Wh
Weight47.6 lbs (21.6 kg)
Max Load275 lbs (124.7 kg)
Tires9.3" pneumatic tubed tires
SuspensionPneumatic tires, spring suspension
BrakesRear disc brake, E-ABS

Pros

  • Excellent range
  • Dual spring suspension
  • Solid ride quality
  • Dual-battery setup
  • IP54 weather resistance rating

Cons

  • Lackluster motor performance
  • Heavy build
  • Display lacks visibility in sunlight

Speed & Motor Performance

Turboant V8 front wheel 450W hub motor

The Turboant V8 has a 450W, 36V front wheel hub motor. This makes it the most powerful motor in the Turboant lineup. Turboant advertises a 20 MPH (32.2 KMH) max speed for the V8.

Top Speed Test

With its bigger front-placed motor, you'd think the Turboant V8 would run corners around the X7 Pro, X7 Max, and M10.

ModelTop Speed
Turboant V819.41 MPH (31.2 KMH)
Turboant X7 Max19.55 MPH (31.5 KMH)
Turboant X7 Pro19.5 MPH (31.4 KMH)
Unagi Model One E50019.57 MPH (31.5 KMH)
NIU KQi2 Pro17.3 MPH (27.8 KMH)
Hiboy S218.9 MPH (30.4 KMH)
Turboant M1018.2 MPH (29.3 KMH)
Segway Ninebot Max18.4 MPH (29.6 KMH)
Atomi Alpha20.8 MPH (33.5 KMH)

However, based on our high-accuracy performance tests, it surprisingly lost out to both of the X7s by an inch. It did outperform scooters like the M10 and Ninebot Max, but the difference isn't night and day.

I attribute the V8 losing out to its sister scooters to its smaller tires and heavier build. Still, the V8 finds itself somewhere in the middle of in-class scooters regarding top speed.

Acceleration Test

IntervalAverageBest
0-15 MPH (24 KMH)8.51 s7.23 s
0-19.41 MPH (31.2 KMH)16.69 s16.1 s

Based on our tests (by a 170 lbs rider), the Turboant V8 accelerates to 15 MPH in 8.51 seconds on average with the fastest time being 7.23 seconds.

The top speed is reached in 16.69 seconds on average with the fastest run being 16.1 seconds.

Model0-15 MPH
Turboant V88.51 s
Turboant X7 Max8.29 s
Turboant X7 Pro7.38 s
Unagi Model One E5004.34 s
NIU KQi2 Pro8.83 s
Hiboy S26.89 s
Turboant M108.97 s
Segway Ninebot Max5.85 s
Atomi Alpha6.71 s

Holding it up against its close competitors, the bulkier build once seems to affect acceleration notably.

The X7 Pro beats the V8 with a clear margin, but it still holds up against the market-leading Ninebot MAX G30, so it isn't bad by any means.

The Hiboy S2 is the clear outlier, offering stellar acceleration compared to its price, but it suffers highly in ride comfort.

Hill Climbing Test

To see how the Turboant V8 handles hills, we tested it across 250 ft (76 m) at a 8% incline. The run was completed in 29.2 seconds with an average speed of 5.8 MPH (9.4 KMH).

ModelTimeSpeed
Turboant V829.2 s5.8 MPH (9.4 KMH)
Turboant X7 Max26.3 s6.5 MPH (10.4 KMH)
Turboant X7 Pro28.2 s6 MPH (9.7 KMH)
Unagi Model One E50022.4 s7.6 MPH (12.2 KMH)
NIU KQi2 Pro30.48 s5.6 MPH (9 KMH)
Turboant M1031.2 s5.5 MPH (8.8 KMH)
Hiboy S226.7 s6.4 MPH (10.3 KMH)
Segway Ninebot Max28.8 s5.9 MPH (9.5 KMH)
Atomi Alpha25.3 s6.7 MPH (10.8 KMH)

Following the trend from earlier motor performance tests, the V8 loses out to a handful of other commuting scooters while still being the KQi2 Pro and Max G30.

Summary

Despite boasting a more powerful motor than many competitors, the V8 has more weight to carry. This evens out any performance boost to where it should perform like the X7s (or slightly worse).

Turboant V8
Turboant V8
$569.98 USD
$799.98 USD

Range & Battery Performance

Turboant V8 dual battery setup

The V8 offers a unique dual-battery setup, with the stem battery being detachable. Both batteries are 36V, 7.5 Ah totaling a 540 Wh effective battery capacity. The battery cells are from DMEGC Solar.

Turboant has always focused on swappable batteries, but this is the first time we see a dual-battery setup. While the deck battery is integrated into the scooter chassis, the stem battery can be removed as needed.

Turboant V8 electric scooter swappable battery

This adds flexibility for both transportation and charging. Maybe more notably, it allows for dual charging so that you can ride again in no time. The scooter comes with a charging dock for the stem battery and two charging adapters to support this technology.

Total charging time is just below 4 hours in our tests when running the batteries separately.

Battery Capacity Comparison

ModelBattery Capacity
Turboant V8540 Wh
(36V, 15Ah)
Turboant X7 Max360 Wh
(36V, 10Ah)
Turboant X7 Pro360 Wh
(36V, 10Ah)
Unagi Model One E500281 Wh
(31.2V, 9Ah)
NIU KQi2 Pro365 Wh
(48V, 7.6Ah)
Turboant M10270 Wh
(36V, 7.5Ah)
Hiboy S2270 Wh
(36V, 7.5Ah)
Segway Ninebot Max551 Wh
(36V, 15.3Ah)
Atomi Alpha360 Wh
(36V, 10Ah)

Looking at the battery capacity versus the price, this is where the V8 starts to gain ground on many competitors. Out of the entire Turboant range, the V8 gives you the most battery juice for your money.

It also comfortably beats the Atomi Alpha, Unagi E500, and Max G30 by a comfortable margin. The NIU KQi2 Pro comes close at the time of writing this review, but it still loses out to the V8 slightly.

Battery capacity is one thing, but with its heavier build, will the Turboant V8 lose out to more lightweight scooters?

Range Tests

We tested the Turboant V8's range at three different speeds.

Test (#)Avg. SpeedRange
#1: Speed Priority17.8 MPH
28.6 KMH
18.9 miles
30.4 km
#2: Regular15.1 MPH
24.3 KMH
21.3 miles
34.3 km
#3: Range Priority12.6 MPH
20.3 KMH
25.4 miles
40.9 km

In the first test, we prioritize speed, holding the throttle down as much as possible. Averaging 17.8 MPH (28.6 KMH), we clocked 18.9 miles (30.4 km) of range.

In the second test, we rode like we regularly would when out on a scooter. This is what we consider the most comparable real-world test. At 15.1 MPH (24.3 KMH), we got 21.3 miles (34.3 km) of range.

In the last test, we prioritize range by maintaining a low average speed. At an average speed of 12.6 MPH (20.3 KMH), we got 25.4 miles (40.9 km) of range.

Range Comparisons

We performed the same test on a range of comparable scooters. Let's see how the V8 fairs against them.

#1: Speed Priority

ModelRangeAvg. Speed
Turboant V818.9 miles
(30.4 km)
17.8 MPH
(28.6 KMH)
Turboant X7 Max13.4 miles
(21.6 km)
17.9 MPH
(28.8 KMH)
Turboant X7 Pro9.9 miles
(15.9 km)
18 MPH
(29 KMH)
Unagi Model One E5008.32 miles
(13.4 km)
14.7 MPH
(23.7 KMH)
NIU KQi2 Pro17.2 miles
(27.7 km)
16.4 MPH
(26.4 KMH)
Turboant M1013.93 miles
(22.4 km)
17.4 MPH
(28 KMH)
Hiboy S29.4 miles
(15.1 km)
17.1 MPH
(27.5 KMH)
Segway Ninebot Max27.6 miles
(44.4 km)
17.0 MPH
(27.4 KMH)
Atomi Alpha16.3 miles
(26.2 km)
17.9 MPH
(28.8 KMH)
Test #1 (Speed Priority)

#2: Regular

ModelRangeAvg. Speed
Turboant V821.3 miles
(34.3 km)
15.1 MPH
(24.3 KMH)
Turboant X7 Max15.4 miles
(24.8 km)
14.8 MPH
(23.8 KMH)
Turboant X7 Pro15.2 miles
(24.5 km)
15 MPH
(24.1 KMH)
Unagi Model One E5009.33 miles
(15 km)
12.6 MPH
(20.3 KMH)
NIU KQi2 Pro19.8 miles
(31.9 km)
14.9 MPH
(24 KMH)
Turboant M1015.82 miles
(25.5 km)
14.9 MPH
(24 KMH)
Hiboy S211.4 miles
(18.3 km)
14.3 MPH
(23 KMH)
Segway Ninebot Max30.3 miles
(48.8 km)
14.7 MPH
(23.7 KMH)
Atomi Alpha18.9 miles
(30.4 km)
15 MPH
(24.1 KMH)
Test #2 (Regular Speed)

#3: Range Priority

ModelRangeAvg. Speed
Turboant V825.4 miles
(40.9 km)
12.6 MPH
(20.3 KMH)
Turboant X7 Max18.2 miles
(29.3 km)
12.5 MPH
(20.1 KMH)
Turboant X7 Pro18.7 miles
(30.1 km)
10 MPH
(16.1 KMH)
Unagi Model One E50011.12 miles
(17.9 km)
10.4 MPH
(16.7 KMH)
NIU KQi2 Pro22.3 miles
(35.9 km)
12.7 MPH
(20.4 KMH)
Turboant M1017.21 miles
(27.7 km)
12.8 MPH
(20.6 KMH)
Hiboy S213.2 miles
(21.2 km)
12.1 MPH
(19.5 KMH)
Segway Ninebot Max34.5 miles
(55.5 km)
11.9 MPH
(19.2 KMH)
Atomi Alpha21.2 miles
(34.1 km)
12.9 MPH
(20.8 KMH)
Test #3 (Range Priority)

With its large dual battery design, the Turboant V8 greatly outperforms other Turboant scooters and a vast range of in-class competitors. It is only really surpassed by the G30 which - with the same battery capacity - yields about 20% more range across the board.

All in all, the adaptable range with two batteries is one of the main selling points of the Turboant V8, and it is safe to say that it delivers on that.

Portability

Turboant V8 folded

At 47.6 lbs (21.6 kg), the Turboant V8 is a bulky scooter. A lot of that weight can be attributed to the batteries. However, it still has things going for it in terms of portability.

Weight & Dimensions

ModelWeight (lbs)Weight (kg)
Turboant V847.6 lbs21.6 kg
Turboant X7 Max34.2 lbs15.5 kg
Turboant X7 Pro33 lbs15 kg
Unagi Model One E50026.5 lbs12 kg
NIU KQi2 Pro40.6 lbs18.4 kg
Turboant M1029.8 lbs13.5 kg
Hiboy S231.9 lbs14.5 kg
Segway Ninebot Max41.2 lbs18.7 kg
Atomi Alpha36.8 lbs16.7 kg
Based on our own high-precision weight measurements.

Holding it up against other entry-level to mid-class electric scooters, the V8 is one of the heaviest options out there. This is the price you pay for more range.

Apart from that, I can't help but feel the scooter is a bit bulky as a whole.

Folded dimensions are 45.7 * 19.9 * 18.1 inches while unfolded dimensions are 45.7 * 19.9 * 45.5 inches.

However, compared to the Ninebot Max G30, its physical footprint is only about 2.3% bigger. When folded, the Ninebot Max G30 is actually 8.2% bigger.

Despite its higher weight, it doesn't take up more space than many competitors. It is just more bulky in appearance and has a thicker frame, which can improve its strength and rigidity, but we will get into that in the build quality section later.

Foldability & Carrying

The Turboant V8 folds at the stem with a single lever and clicks into place in a neatly floating position over the deck. This removes the tedious step of latching the handlebars into the rear mudguard/fender, a design seen on many scooters. Props to Turboant for that.

The handlebars do not fold, but folding handlebars is a feature we see many brands steer away from as it hasn't been tackled properly just yet. It'd often result in play in the handlebars, negatively affecting ride quality and stability.

Lastly, the Turboant V8's weight distribution is even when it is folded, making it easy to carry and balance in your arms.

Turboant V8
Turboant V8
$569.98 USD
$799.98 USD

Ride Quality

Tires on the Turboant V8 electric scooter

The Turboant V8 has excellent ride quality thanks to pneumatic tires, solid braking, smooth handling, and spring suspension.

Tires & Suspension

The V8 features 9.3*2-inch tubed pneumatic tires and rear dual spring suspension for a smooth ride that very few mid-tier scooters can compete with.

Very few scooters at this price point offer both spring suspension and pneumatic tires, so if ride quality is a priority, the V8 is an excellent option.

There is very little to improve upon regarding ride quality for the V8, but if we're nitpicking, we would've liked to see 10-inch pneumatic tires without tubes and with a bit more width.

Note

The V8 is also available with solid honeycomb tires. We highly recommend pneumatic tires for ride comfort. However, if solid tires are a must, the 9.5" honeycomb option is available.

Braking

Turboant V8 disc brake

The brake lever controls the rear disc brake along with electronic regenerative braking. Stopping power is excellent thanks to the sizable disc rotor, but I find the electronic braking to be a bit too abrupt/strong initially.

It would be nice to have the option to adjust the level of e-braking through the settings menu, but it isn't a dealbreaker.

ModelBraking Distance
Turboant V813.9 ft (4.2 m)
Turboant X7 Max15.2 ft (4.6 m)
Turboant X7 Pro15.5 ft (4.7 m)
Unagi Model One E50022.6 ft (6.9 m)
NIU KQi2 Pro14.6 ft (4.5 m)
Turboant M1015.3 ft (4.7 m)
Segway Ninebot Max12.6 ft (3.8 m)
Atomi Alpha15.9 ft (4.8 m)
Braking from 15 MPH (24.2 KMH).

In our tests, the V8 can go from 15 MPH to a full stop in 13.9 feet. This is a very solid score.

Compared to other scooters of the same price and ability, the Turboant V8 is up there with the best, but it loses out to the Ninebot MAX G30 by a little over 1 foot. Still, this is up there with the best at the price point.

Deck

Deck size and ground clearance on Turboant V8

The V8 has a large deck that measures 18.9 by 6.9 inches (48 by 17.5 cm). This is an excellent size for adults on riders with large feet. It has a rugged rubber surface that is easy to clean yet still provides a strong grip for your feet.

The scooter has 4.6 inches (11.7 cm) of ground clearance up to the deck. This is at the rather small end so keep that in mind when riding up or down curbs and similar obstacles to avoid scratching the underside of the scooter.

Cockpit

Handlebars on the Turboant V8

The V8 has wide, comfortable handlebars measuring 19.7 inches (50 cm) across. This and the spacious deck make it a great scooter for bigger riders.

A little counterintuitive, the deck-to-handlebar height is only 37.4 inches (95 cm). Therefore it arguably favors riders with large feet and a wide build instead of really tall riders who'll find the scooter too short.

The cockpit features threaded rubber handlebars, a thumb throttle with a power button, an LED display, a brake lever, and a bell.

The thumb throttle is comfortable to use, and there isn't a lot of dead space. Acceleration is gradual and easy to control.

The LED display is large that is angled well. It displays speed, battery levels, light settings, and speed modes. The large size is good, but like most cheap electric scooters, it lacks visibility in direct sunlight.

The bell is fairly standard. It does its job nicely and sits conveniently beside the brake lever.

Build Quality & Safety

Turboant V8 electric scooter

The Turboant V8 is as tough and sturdy as it looks. A beastly frame and ample lighting make it a safe and reliable ride night and day.

Construction & Materials

Since its dawn, Turboant has built its business on tried and tested electric scooter designs. The V8 is no exception to that.

Most of the crucial parts are made from aluminum alloy, and the deck is further strengthened with steel below the rubber surface.

Rear fender on the Turboant V8

Both fenders are made from sturdy, thick plastic so they won't crack easily. The rear fender sits snugly around the rear tire to ensure you won't fall victim to any splash damage in dirty/wet riding conditions. Additionally, a protective frame at the rear end of the deck covers the rear fender.

The folding mechanism functions really. It folds down using a single lever pull in a matter of seconds and unfolds in the same way. We found that there is no stem wobble/play from the folding mechanism which is a shortcoming some other scooters have.

The scooter has a 275 lbs max load rating. While the scooter's construction may be able to handle that weight, you'll likely see poor motor performance above 225 lbs.

Weather Resistance

Weather resistance is becoming increasingly important as more people rely on electric scooters for daily commuting.

The Turboant V8 electric scooter holds an IP54 weather resistance rating. This means it is protected against any harmful dust ingress and water splashes from any direction.

So, what does this mean in the real world? Can you ride it in the rain? We generally recommend riding as little in the rain as possible, but an IP54 rating should be sufficient for light to moderate rain for shorter periods.

Avoid puddles as best as possible and always dry down your scooter after a wet ride.

Note

Scooter companies do not cover water damage, and an IP rating is no guarantee. 

Lights & Visibility

Turboant V8 electric scooter at night with lights turned on

The Turboant V8 has a solid lighting setup consisting of a main front headlight, a rear taillight, and four deck lights - two at the front and two at the back.

Lights can be toggled on and off by simply pressing the power button once. The taillight blinks when braking, making other road users aware that you are slowing down.

The lighting setup is well above average in this price class, but we would've liked to see a few reflectors at the sides. With the wide hexagonal stem, there's plenty of room for that. However, it is a cheap modification to make yourself if you want extra visibility.

Verdict - Who Should Buy the Turboant V8?

Man with the Turboant V8 electric scooter on the road with scenic water in the background

The Turboant V8 is an excellent electric scooter for riders that value (adaptive) range and ride quality on a budget over other features.

It has solid value for your money, but it is a heavy (albeit solidly built) scooter, so if you're looking for something ultra-portable, there are better options out there.

The V8 is also a solid choice for bigger riders thanks to its spacious deck, wide handlebars, and 275 lbs load capacity. However, the handlebar height could've been taller for 6'5" riders and above. Also, the motor performance isn't impressive, so riders over 225 lbs may find the power insufficient.

Turboant V8
Turboant V8
$569.98 USD
$799.98 USD

Settings & How to Use Them

There are several settings and features that can be adjusted/operated on the V8. Here's how to use them:

FeatureHow To
Change speed mode (1, 2, 3)Double-press the power button
Toggle lightsPress the power button once
Enable cruise controlMaintain a steady speed and hold throttle for 6 seconds
Disable cruise controlPress the throttle or engage the brakes

Full Specifications

Our Tests

Top speed19.41 MPH (31.2 KMH)
Acceleration
0-15 MPH
Avg: 8.51 s
Best: 7.23 s
Acceleration
0-20.8 MPH
Avg: 16.69 s
Best 16.1 s
Hill climb
250ft @8%
29.2 s
Range (speed priority)18.9 miles (30.4 km)
Range (regular)21.3 miles (34.3 km)
Range (range priority)25.4 miles (40.9 km)
Handlebar width19.7" (50 cm)
Deck size18.9" x 6.9" (48 cm x 17.5 cm)
Ground clearance4.6" (11.7 cm)
Deck-to-handlebars37.4" (95 cm)

Manufacturer Specifications

BrandTurboant
Released2022 Q2
Top speed20 MPH (32 KMH)
Motor power450W
Range25-50 miles (40-80 km)
Battery2*7.5 36V lithium-ion
Battery capacity540 Wh
Cell originDMEGC Solar
Charging time4 hours (dual charging)
8 hours (single charging)
IP ratingIP54
Weight47.6 lbs (21.6 kg)
Max load275 lbs (125 kg)
Tire typePneumatic, tubed
Tire size9.3 x 2 inches
SuspensionDual rear springs
BrakesE-ABS, disc brake
Folded size45.7 x 19.9 x 18.1 in
(116 x 50.5 x 46 cm)
Unfolded size45.7 x 19.9 x 45.5 in
(116 x 50.5 x 115.5 cm)
Updated September 7, 2023
Rasmus Barslund from ERideHero
By Rasmus Barslund

Rasmus is the creative lead at ERideHero. As a jack of all trades, Rasmus handles videography, photography and review write-ups as well as website development. He has tested more than 100 personal electric vehicles of all sorts across more than 6,000 miles.

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