The Bajaj V motorcycle has been receiving positive market response since its launch in March. In the four months, the bike made with the metal of dismantled INS Vikrant has recorded sales of over one lakh units. Buoyed by the response, Bajaj has now confirmed that it will add more models under the V brand.
The next motorcycle under the V brand is expected to be the V40. It will be powered by the same 373cc liquid-cooled engine that powers KTM 390 Duke. The same engine will also power Bajaj's upcoming flagship motorcycle Pulsar VS400.
In KTM 390 Duke, the fuel injected motor generates a maximum power of 43bhp at 9,500 rpm along with a peak torque of 35Nm at 7,250 rpm. However, the power figures will be toned down to adapt the cruiser motorcycle characteristics of V40.
Bajaj may continue to use a small amount of metal from the dismantled INS Vikrant on the V40 model. The connection of V with the Majestic-class aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy is a USP for the brand. The motorcycle is expected to come with a more relaxed driving position than V. The removable rear cowl, a unique feature of V, is also expected to be part of V40. The motorcycle will boast of disc brakes up front and rear, while ABS will be offered as option.
The V40 is expected to be priced at Rs 1.50 lakh and market launch is expected in November this year.