The mystery bike from Bajaj, scheduled to be launched on 1st February 2016, could be a new brand introduction for the company. The new brand could be called Bajaj V, as the recent teaser video reveals.
Bajaj Auto says that the new motorcycle is made from the metal of INS Vikrant - the first aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy - that had played an important role during 1971 Indo-Pak war. After serving the nation for almost 4 decades, the INS Vikrant was decommissioned in 1997, and was preserved as a museum ship in Mumbai till 2012. It was finally scraped in January 2014.
"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.", said Bajaj Auto.
Though there is no official word yet on its positioning and pricing, the first motorcycle under Bajaj V brand could be a premium commuter in 150cc space and could be called the Bajaj V150. There are speculation about this one being a 150cc bike, so expect it to be christened Bajaj V150. The teased bike looks like a scrambler with subtle hints of cafe racer in it. With this bike, the company will target buyers looking for a premium motorcycle at an affordable price.
Expected to be positioned between the Discover 150 and the Pulsar AS150, the Bajaj V150cc could feature the same 144.8cc engine that powers the Discover 150 siblings. This engine, mated to a 5-speed constant mesh gearbox, churns out 14bhp and 12.75Nm.