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Bajaj planning to launch next V series bike by November 2016

Snapshot: Reports suggest that the Pune-based manufacturer is focusing on V20 and V40 models. While V20 is expected to don a 200 cc engine, the V40 might come with a Powerful 400 cc engine.

After tasting the success with the V15, the first bike made up with the metals of INS Vikranta, Bajaj is planning to extend the lineup by adding a few more bikes to the V series. Recently in a media interview, Rajiv Bajaj, the Managing Director of Bajaj Auto, hinted that the company might bring the second commuter under this series by November 2016, while the third commuter might see the light of the day 6 months after that.

Reports suggest that the Pune-based manufacturer is focusing on V20 and V40 models. While V20 is expected to don a 200 cc engine, the V40 might come with a Powerful 400 cc engine. Considering the media statement of Mr Bajaj, it could be safe to assume that the Bajaj V20 could hit the market by the end of this year, while the V40 might arrive by the mid of next year. The new V bikes will be borrowing the design from the V15, and Bajaj may utilize the scrap metal of INS Vikrant for them as well, which was the main USP of the V15. Just like its predecessor, only the tank lid of the upcoming V20 could be made up with the scrap metal. The reason we say this is because of Bajaj's convention of keeping the essential components in place in all the bikes under a series. Other than the motorcycle's association with the Indian Navy's first aircraft carrier, something else that appears to have worked for the V15 is its snazzy design.

The upcoming V20 is expected to be powered by a 200cc single cylinder oil cooled engine. The engine is likely to deliver 24BHP power and maximum 18.6Nm of torque. This power will be sent to the rear wheels through a 5-speed gearbox, and the bike might get disc brakes in both the tyres. The V20 is expected to release with two variants- non ABS and with ABS.

Bajaj V15 was launched earlier this year in March. Since its launch, the V15 has been popular and managed to achieve impressive figures in terms of sales. We are expecting that the Bajaj V20 will also attract many customers with its unconventional appeal and looks.

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