The Bajaj V15 has been unveiled in India, just days ahead of the auto expo,2016- which the manufacturer will not be a part of. The ‘V’ stands for Invincible, and is derived from the name of India’s first aircraft carrier- The INS Vikrant. The new brand will be positioned between the discover series and the pulsar series, in what Bajaj calls a premium commuter segment.
The Bajaj V15 is a well built and premium looking commuter. It shares the same semi-double cradle frame as the Discover series, yet has a unique identity of its own. At the front the bike gets a single headlamp arrangement, which isn’t anything wildly exiting. The sides get a chiseled out 13l fuel tank, which house the ‘V’ logo. The seat provides a bold stance, and the rear seat cowl can be easily removed for providing space for the pillion. The rear looks good, and gets LED taillamps.
Powering the Bajaj V15 is a 149.5cc single cylinder, SOHC, 4 stoke, air cooled mill producing maximum of 12 Ps of power at 7500 rpm, and 13 Nm of torque at 5500 rpm. The engine is mated to a 5 speed gearbox. The mileage is expected to be near the 75 kmpl range.
The V15 is fitted with 55/60W trapezoidal headlamps, which is claimed to be 60% brighter by the company. The instrument console is an analogue unit, and lacks tachometer and trip meter. However the fuel gauge LED indication changes colour, based on level of fuel.
Bajaj teased the brand ‘V’ during Republic day, 2016 and has been using it’s association with INS Vikrant for bringing out a patriotic value to their new product. The Bajaj V15 gets metal from India’s first aircraft carrier in it, but the company has declined to state how much is used. Only 20,00 units of the bike will be made each month (initially), which also maintains exclusivity.
The Bajaj V15 is expected to be priced between Rs. 60,000 and 70,000/-, and will compete indirectly with the Suzuki Gixxer, Yamaha Fz and also bikes in the lower commuter segment.
further reading: Auto expo 2016