If the emerging reports are anything to go by, Bajaj Auto may have more bikes in its V line-up, if the model proves to be successful in the country. Bajaj V, the 150cc motorcycle, has been made using metal from the dismantled INS Vikrant — India's first aircraft carrier.
While speaking to the Business Standard, Bajaj Auto Managing Director Rajiv Bajaj indicated that the success of the new V commuter motorcycle in India could pave way for the development of new bikes on the same platform. If Bajaj brings new models based on the V platform, the bikes are expected to borrow styling cues from the V commuter motorcycle.
"We always say we design platform. So, every platform is capable of more than one product but for now, there is only one product," the publication quoted Rajiv Bajaj as saying.
Bajaj V, the bike that comes with an affordable price tag of Rs 62,076 (ex-showroom Karnataka) is positioned above the company's Discover range. Bajaj V, powered by a 149.5cc single-cylinder four-stroke air-cooled DTS-i engine, can churn out maximum power of 11.8bhp at 7,500rpm and 13Nm of torque at 5,500rpm. The company will start delivering the model from March 23 for the buyers who book the bike by March 20. The customers who place order for the V till March 20 will also be eligible to get a welcome kit from Bajaj.
The motorcycle measures 2,044mm in length, 780mm in width and 1,070mm in height, with a wheelbase of 1,315mm. The new bike comes with a ground clearance of 165mm and kerb weight of 135.5 kg. The V is available in two colours: ebony black and pearl white.
Bajaj Auto aims to sell 50,000 units of the new V in next 12 to 18 months.
[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]