‘V’ is Bajaj’s new-sub-brand of commuter motorcycles, born as a result of the company’s wish to stand out amongst the sea of commuters. It has been designed from scratch to serve as a more exciting and more powerful alternative to staid-looking 125cc commuter bikes.
As you may have seen in the teasers, ‘V’ stands for Vikrant, as in INS Vikrant, India’s first aircraft carrier. The ‘V’ incorporates in its construction metal procured from the ship, which was scrapped a few years ago. An insignia commemorating this fact is etched on the fuel-tank lid. Bajaj hopes that owning a piece of our rich military history would instill a sense of pride in all those who buy a ‘V’.
Yes, the ‘V’ does look unlike any other offering in the commuter space. It combines the design elements of a cruiser (skewed tyre sizes, small-diameter rear tyre, and retro styling cues) and a café racer (fuel tank, seat, and pillion seat cover), with the stance of a 150cc performance bike. The resulting amalgamation is actually quite striking.
Bajaj wanted a bike that looks sporty and exciting, yet is quite practical. They wanted it to convey a sense of ‘invincibility’ and ‘versatility’ (their words, not ours), hence the beefy tank and rear tyre. There are also a few neat touches, such as the INS Vikrant insignia on the tank lid, the pillion seat cover, and the cool alloy wheels, all of which enhance its appeal.
The ‘V’ is powered by an all-new 150cc twin-spark single-cylinder engine, which has been tuned for high torque output at low revs. In fact, it develops 12 Nm of torque right from just 3000 rpm, with a peak output of 13 Nm @ 5500 rpm. This should help the bike offer strong acceleration even in higher gears. Power output is rated at 12 bhp @ 7500rpm.
Bajaj hasn’t revealed the exact price yet, but they’ve assured the price will be between Rs 60,000 & Rs 70,000 ex-showroom. Rajiv Bajaj, the company’s Managing Director, added that the price would be closer to the Rs 60k mark. We guess that the on-road pricing could be around Rs 75,000, which is expensive for a 125cc alternative, but would make for a very affordable 150cc bike.
Production of the ‘V’ starts on 5th Feb 2016, with the first deliveries commencing in March. You can pre-book one from today at your nearest Bajaj dealership.
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