Bajaj Auto does not seem to be planning to bring performance-spec motorcycles under its V brand. Rumours have been rife about two new motorcycles coming up under Bajaj V brand — the V400 and V200 — since the launch of the company's V motorcycle in March.
According to emerging reports, the V is likely to remain a commuter brand, and its platform will not be used for the performance-model. Bajaj may launch new models in the commuter segment, but the Pune-based two-wheeler maker is unlikely to bring high-end models under the commuter motorcycle brand like V, ThrustZone reported. Bajaj is believed to have bigger plans for the Indian market and will soon launch its power cruiser, named the Pulsar VS400.
Industry watchers were speculating that Bajaj is working on the V20 and V40 models, as the company already has 200cc and 400cc engines and the next V-based motorcycle would be rolled out in India by November this year.
The V motorcycle, that has been made from the metal of the dismantled INS Vikrant — India's first aircraft carrier— comes powered by a 149.5cc single-cylinder four-stroke air-cooled DTS-i engine that can churn out a maximum power of 11.8bhp at 7,500rpm and 13Nm of torque at 5,500rpm.
The V has been earning tremendous positive response from biking enthusiasts. The commuter motorcycle received over 10,000 booking in the country within a few days of its launch. It was being said that Bajaj has collected enough metal from the scrapped aircraft carrier to produce the motorcycle for the next two years.