Fresh reports reveal that Bajaj V15 might be discontinued by the end of this month. It has not been updated with ABS yet, which confirms the speculations.
In December last year, Bajaj Auto gave a mild update to the V15 commuter motorcycle. The power figures were slightly tweaked and it received minor cosmetic upgrades.
However, for the last many months, once a popular bike, the Bajaj V15 is now performing poorly in the market. Bikewale reports that the bike might be discontinued this month.
As per the upcoming safety regulations, bikes above 125cc must be equipped with ABS. Prices and photos of the ABS-updated Bajaj bikes have been leaked online, except that of V15.
Many dealerships have confirmed that they are focusing more on premium bikes. Even from Bajaj Auto itself, there is no pressure, no offers or heavy marketing for the Bajaj V15.
However, we believe that its near pricing to the Pulsar 150 Classic/Neon edition makes a play here. Between Pulsar 150 and V15, the former is the better looking of both, carrying the same engine.
It also discontinued the Bajaj V12 due to poor sales in India. The V series is basically a remembrance to the INS Vikrant. V15 is made from the old scrap metal discarded from the legendary aircraft carrier.
Only 30,238 units of Bajaj V15 were sold in 2018, with a sharp decline from May 2018. On the other hand, the monthly sales figure of Pulsar 150 easily crosses 50,000 units.
V15 gets a 149.5cc air-cooled DTS-i engine, that is capable of delivering 14 BHP and 12.7 Nm of peak torque. The motor comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox.
The bike is priced at Rs 65,178, whereas, the Pulsar 150 Neon goes for Rs 64,998 (ex-showroom). The price difference is negligible, being the main reason for people preferring the Pulsar.
V15 competes with the likes of Yamaha SZ-R, Bajaj Pulsar 150, Honda Unicorn 150 and Hero Achiever.