The new 149.5cc air-cooled DTS-i engine would have an increase in power delivery by 2bhp from 11.8bhp to 13.8bhp. Minor increase in power will increase its performance, engine’s efficiency and potentially producing a better average. Bajaj has never updated V15’s engine before this and along with this, they might come with a single-channel ABS system, as the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways have made it mandatory for motorcycles launching after March 2018 to have single-channel ABS system for motorcycles above 125cc engine. Along with the reported update in power level by Bajaj for the V15, there will be minor visual updates too. The V15 and V12 definitely have its own character on the road with its unique look that shines with pride in that remolded steel from the Vikrant ship.
In February 2016 when Bajaj had announced the launch of the Vikrant motorcycle, also known as the V15, in the 150cc commuter segment there was a lot of sentimental value attached to it because of the steel used on its fuel tank being acquired from the scrapped INS Vikrant. Bajaj in November 2016 also launched the 125cc engine, known as the V12. Since then there have been a few updates which have been added by Bajaj to improve its sale in the market. When the V15 was launched it was able to sell 2 lakh units in nine months. The fact that it had Vikrant attached to its name compiled with its strong looks, possessing a huge fuel tank of 14.7 litres, and giving out a healthy average of 57kmpl did attract a lot of customers.
Slowly, the sales have dipped and last month it registered a drastic fall in sales despite it being the most competitive motorcycle amongst the likes of Hero Achiever, Bajaj Pulsar 150 Classic, Yamaha SZ-R and Honda CB Unicorn. The new update in the engine and visuals might reignite Bajaj’s sales for V15 if not for the V12. Hopefully, Bajaj would launch the ABS variant at a competitive price, restoring the Vikrant’s glory days.
Bajaj V15’s ex-showroom price (New Delhi) – ₹ 65,178
Bajaj V12’s ex-showroom price (New Delhi) – ₹ 58,458
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