As if crafting a part of the fuel tank from the scrapped metal of INS Vikrant — India’s first aircraft carrier — wasn’t patriotic enough, Bajaj Auto now adds a new colour for its V15 motorcycle, and calls it Heroic Red – “the color of bravery and passion”. The new colour, which comes at no added price, will be sold along with the existing Ebony Black and Pearl White shades. The Bajaj V15 currently retails for INR 62,076 (ex-showroom, Karnataka).
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The premium commuter is powered by a 149.5 cc, single-cylinder, four-stroke, air-cooled, DTS-i engine that produces 11.8b hp at 7,500 rpm and 13 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm. It measures 2,044 mm long, 780 mm wide and 1,070 mm high, with a wheelbase of 1,315 mm. Ground clearance is rated at 165 mm, while kerb weight stands at 135.5 kg. Other highlights include a trapezoidal headlamp rated at 55/60W, 33 mm diameter front fork and rear shock absorbers, a removable rear seat cowl, a dual colour LED fuel level indicator, a LED tail lamp, aluminium die-cast wheels with a double spoke design, a 240 mm front disc brake and a 120 section rear tire.
Lest you forget its patriotic roots, the V15’s fuel tank also carries a special embossing that reads: “Made with the invincible metal of INS Vikrant.” In other news related to Bajaj’s new V sub-brand, at least two more motorcycle models based on the same platform are said to be in the pipeline. While the first model is expected to be launched sometime around November, the second model’s launch is pegged during May-June 2017.