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With scrambler + cafe racer like design elements, the Bajaj V15 surely looks a lot better looking bike than sibling Discover 150 and the Pulsar AS150.

Bajaj V15 India
Powering the Bajaj V15 is an all-new 150cc, single-cylinder DDis engine that produces 12bhp with 13Nm of torque.

The Bajaj V15 was finally unveiled in India on February 1, 2016 at an event in Delhi. What makes the Bajaj V 15 a special bike is the fact that it is made using the Indian Navy’s first aircraft carrier – INS Vikrant. This 150cc premium commuter creates a niche segment, though it might also affect the sales of Suzuki Gixxer, Yamaha R15 and other premium 150cc bikes in India. To be priced between Rs 60,000 to Rs 65,000, The new Bajaj V bike is positioned above the Discover 150.

Bajaj V15 engine

With scrambler + cafe racer like design elements, the Bajaj V15 will target executive segment buyers. This will help the company grow its volumes in the fast-growing premium commuter category. In terms of design and styling, the Bajaj V looks much better than the Discover 150 and the Pulsar AS150. The Indian two-wheeler major might bring in more products under Bajaj V range across different segments.

New Bajaj V15 Images

Bajaj V 15 speedo

Bajaj V15 Launch Date
The Bajaj V bike has been unveiled just prior to the Auto Expo 2016. Though, the company has announced to launch it in March, 2016.

Bajaj V15 Price in India
The new Bajaj V bike will be offered within the price range of Rs. 60,000 to Rs. 65,000 (ex-showroom).

The Bajaj V bike is made from INS Vikran’t metal that had played a crucial role in 1971 Indo-Pak War. First commissioned in 1961, the INS Vikrant served the country for over 36 years before finally getting decommissioned in the year 1997. After that it was kept as a museum ship in Mumbai, and was sent to scrapyard in January 2014. “But we were determined not to let history fade away into oblivion. So, we took INS Vikrant’s metal, melted it and gave it a new face – Bajaj V.”, said Bajaj Auto.

Bajaj V 15 Engine & Transmission

The Bajaj V15 is powered by an all-new 150cc, single-cylinder DDis engine that is claimed produce a maximum power of 12bhp at 7,500rpm and 13Nm at 5,500rpm of peak torque. This powertrain provides an ample reserves of torque at any RPM for different riding terrains. Transmitting power to the wheels is a 5-speed constant mesh gearbox, which is again the same that is used for the Discover series. The bike comes equipped with 33 dia telescopic forks upfront and twin-spring loaded hydraulic type with gas filled rear suspension, which is largest in its segment.

Bajaj V15 engine
The Bajaj V bike is made from the metal of the Indian Navy’s first aircraft carrier – INS Vikrant.

Bajaj V15 Design & Styling

Based on the semi-double cradle frame, the new Bajaj V bike looks quite rugged and aggressive. The same platform underpins the Discover 150. The V15 features a cafe-racer inspired front fascia, INS Vikrant badge, removable rear seat cowl, LED tail lamp ergonomic handlebars and bold stance. Bajaj claims that the bike’s trapezoidal headlamp is 60% brighter than other bikes. Its large fuel tank contains the invincible metal of the INS Vikrant that provides it strength and solidity. There is a new speedometer cluster with a dual colour LED fuel level indicator.

The new Bajaj bike rides on 5-twin spoke aluminium die-cast wheels with 90/90 – 18-inch front and 120/80 – 16-inch rear tyres that are claimed to offer best-in-class road grip and stability. Braking power comes from the large 240 dia disc front brake and 130 dia rear drum brake. The bike will be available with 2 colours – Ebony Black and Pearl White.

Coming to dimensions, the new V bike measures 2,044mm in length, 780mm in width, 1,070mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 1,315mm. Its saddle height and ground clearance stand at 780mm and 165mm respectively. The vehicle carries a kerb weight of 135.5kgs.

Bajaj V15 Mileage
Around 45kmpl – 50kmpl

New Bajaj V15 Specifications, Colors, Dimensions, Features & Other Details
Engine Details
Type – 150cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled
Maximum power – 12bhp @ 7,500rpm
Maximum torque – 13Nm @ 5,500rpm
Transmission – 5-speed constant mesh unit

Bajaj V Colour Options – Ebony Black and Pearl White
Length – 2,044mm
Width – 780mm
Height – 1,070mm
Wheelbase – 1,315mm
Saddle Height – 780mm
Ground Clearance – 165mm
Kerb Weight – 135.5kgs

Front – Telescopic forks
Rear – Twin-spring loaded hydraulic type (gas filled)

Braking System
Front – 240-dia Disc
Rear – 130 dia Drum

Tyres Size
Front – 90/90 – 18-inch
Rear – 120/80 – 16-inch

Key Features
INS Vikrant badge
INS Vikrant’s metal made fuel tank
Trapezoidal headlamp
LED tail lamp
Bold stance
Ergonomic handlebars
Removable rear seat cowl
New speedometer cluster with a dual color LED fuel level indicator

TVS Apache 200cc vs KTM Duke 200

It appears like Indian motor enthusiasts are finally getting closer to the launch of the much-awaited TVS Apache RTR 200. TVS has been testing its soon-to-be launched Apache 200 on the Indian roads for quite some time now, and the model has been caught on camera countless times.

The latest report on Rushlane indicates that the Apache RTR 200 will outshine its main rival, the KTM 200 Duke in terms of performance. The report indicates that the new Apache, with advanced engine, will reach 60kmph from standstill in 3.5 seconds. This is primarily calculated with the touted 200cc, single-cylinder, 4-valve, liquid-cooled engine with 25-30bhp of power. On the other hand, the KTM 200 Duke develops slightly lesser 24.7bhp and 19.2Nm of torque, which makes the Apache RTR 200 faster on papers.

BMW seems to have played a pivotal role in shaping the Apache 200. The cooling system for the engine is sourced from BMW. The design will be inspired from the Draken X21 concept that TVS showcased at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo. It will feature a razor sharp design with chiseled edges. The new Apache will employ telescopic front forks, while rear gets mono shock suspension. All-digital instrument cluster, LED tail lamps and split seats are the other additions.
Additionally, the Apache 200 will get a pair of sleek indicators, clip-on handlebar and headlamp with LED daytime running lights to enhance the sportiness. There will be a regular model and an ABS equipped variant on offer. The motorcycle will be pitted against the KTM Duke/RC 200 and the Bajaj Pulsar RS 200.
Now ahead of its expected launch in India on 20 January, the motor buffs at Carblog India have managed to get their hands on the specification list of the TVS Apache 200. According to this leaked data, TVS Apache RTR 200, which draws inspiration from the TVS Draken X21 concept, will be powered by a single cylinder 200 cc air-cum-liquid cooled 4 stroke engine that is tuned to dish out a power of 25.6bhp and peak torque of 22Nm. The engine will come mated to a five speed gearbox.
Built on a Double Cradle Synchro Stiff chassis, the front suspension will be taken care of by telescopic forks while rear suspension is done via adjustable monoshock. The motorcycle will sit on 17 inch alloy in the front and rear and the stopping power will be handled by a 270 mm Petal Disc at the front, while the rear gets 250 mm Petal Disc. We also hear that TVS could offer the option of Pirelli tyres for the buyers.
Other features of TVS Apache RTR include fully digital speedometer, split seats with grab rails, 3 step adjustable clip-on and lap-timer.
In yet another development, TVS Apache has been caught on camera once again, this time by AutoCar India. All this while the bike was caught testing clad in a blue cloth, but in the latest spy shots, which are doing the rounds on the internet, TVS Apache is seen with a different camouflage. The Apache RTR 200 has certainly borrowed a lot of features like fat fuel tank and alloys from Draken concept.
Expected to be pitted against KTM Duke 200 and Bajaj Pulsar 200NS, TVS Apache RTR 200 is rumoured to be priced at around Rs 85,000-95,000 in India.

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