A bike with the legacy of a legendary Indian warship embedded in it. With that sort of marketing combined with a flawless product, it’s no surprise that the Bajaj V became so immensely popular. Impressed by the sales numbers of the 150cc bike, Bajaj Auto has announced that they’ll be releasing two more bikes bearing the Bajaj V name.
The current Bajaj V15 is driven by a 149.5cc engine mated to a five-speed gearbox that cranks out a maximum power of 11.83 bhp with a peak torque of 13 Nm. There are rumours that the new models will be powered by engines which are in already in use by Bajaj. One will feature a 199.5cc liquid-cooled engine from the Pulsar RS 200 which develops a maximum power of 24.4 bhp with a peak torque of 18.6 Nm.
The other edition of the Bajaj V will get the brilliant 373.6 cc single-cylinder that is being used on the unreleased Bajaj Pulsar CS400. And since this particular engine is a re-tuned version of the one powering the KTM Duke 390, it will certainly push the Bajaj V from a lowly commuter to the sportbike segment.
Engines apart, the main selling point of the V range of Bajaj bikes is still that they have a piece of Indian military history in the form of metal from the INS Vikrant in them. Having a bike known for this in the entry-level sportbikes segment will certainly make the market a lot more competitive.
The first, Bajaj V20, will be launched around November this year. The Bajaj V40, however, will take another six months and is slated for a mid-2017 launch. With the expanded V range, the company hopes to see a sales volume boost in the next two years across all segments.
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