Ever since its announcement on January 26, the Bajaj V has been the most talked about two-wheeler brand in the country and rightly so since it’s made from the metal of INS Vikrant – India’s first aircraft carrier. Bajaj V is an all-new motorcycle that was unveiled in the country today at an event in Delhi. Expected to be priced between Rs 60,000 – Rs 70,000, the Bajaj V15 will go on sale in March 2016.
Bajaj V15 Inspiration
As mentioned earlier, the Bajaj V is made of the Indian Navy’s first aircraft carrier – INS Vikrant – that has served the nation for almost 4 decades. Known for its crucial role in 1971 Indo-Pak war, INS Vikrant is hailed as the ‘war hero of 1971’. The icon was finally decomissioned in 1997, preserved as a museum ship till 2012 and was sent to be scraped in January 2014.
In the words of Bajaj Auto, “For decades, she remained invincible bravely guarding our seas. However in 2014, this iconic war hero was sent to the scrapyard. But we, at Bajaj, were determined not to let history fade away into oblivion. So we took INS Vikrant’s metal, melted it and gave it a new face – Bajaj V.”
Bajaj V15 – Positioning and target buyers
The Bajaj V15 will serve as a more premium yet affordable executive segment bike that will attract buyers looking for a slightly premium motorcycle at an affordable price. Positioned above the Discover 150, the new Bajaj V bike takes head on against the likes of Suzuki Gixxer and Yamaha R15.
Bajaj V15 – Looks
The Bajaj V15 bike looks like a Scrambler which also has Cafe Racer-inspired styling elements. Other interesting elements are INS Vikrant badge, 5-twin spoke alloys, etc. Some key design elements that help it stand out are – lean & bold body lines, premium texture material, removable rear cowl, LED tail-lamp, 5 double spoke alloys, bold graphics, premium instrument panel with color changing LEDs, pumped up fuel tank, ergonomic handlebars for wide open chest feeling, etc. Bajaj V is made available in two colours – Ebony Black & Pearl White.
Bajaj V15 – Specifications
The Bajaj V bike is powered by a new 149.5cc, single-cylinder, 4-stroke, SOHC 2 valve, air-cooled, DTS-i engine that churns out a maximum power output of 12bhp at 7,500rpm and 13Nm at 5,500rpm. With such power figures, this will be a slightly less powerful than the Gixxer and Yamaha R15.
Engine – 149.5cc, single-cylinder
Max power – 12bhp at 7,500rpm
Max torque – 13Nm at 5,500rpm
Front suspension – telescopic
Rear – Twin-spring loaded hydraulic type – with gas filled
Front & rear disc brakes – 240-dia disc & 130 dia drum respectively
Front tyre – 90/90 – 18inch; Rear tyre – 120/80 – 16inch
Fuel tank – 13-litres with 1.7 reserve capacity
Bajaj V15 – dimensions
Length – 2044mm
Width – 780mm
Height – 1070mm
Ground clearance – 165mm
Wheelbase – 1315mm
Kerb weight – 135.5kg
Saddle height – 780mm
Bajaj V15 Price (Estimated) – Rs 60,000 to Rs 70,000