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Monday, June 17, 2013

Peugeot's Onyx hybrid concept supercar

France, renowned for its compact car prowess, has long stood on the fringes when it comes to the realm of premium and supercar manufacturing. However, this has not deterred French automakers from pushing the boundaries of design and innovation, as evidenced by Peugeot's stunning creation unveiled at the Paris Auto Show 2012.
Peugeot's Onyx hybrid supercar. (Picture from: Autoblog)
Behold the Peugeot Onyx, a magnificent concept that stretches 4.65 meters in length and weighs a modest 2,425 pounds (around 1,100 kilograms). What sets this supercar apart is its unconventional powertrain – a diesel-electric hybrid marvel.
Interior of Peugeot Onyx hybrid supercar. (Picture from: Autoblog)
Under its sleek hood lies a 3.7-liter V8 engine boasting 600 horsepower, propelling the rear wheels with remarkable force. Adding to its prowess is a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS), ingeniously converting braking energy into electricity. This stored power, a generous 80 extra horsepower, gives the Onyx an edge in performance.
Side view of Peugeot Onyx hybrid supercar. (Picture from: FabWheelsDigest)
Draped in a captivating matte black finish, the Onyx's exterior is nothing short of a visual spectacle. The pièce de résistance, however, is the awe-inspiring polished copper panels that grace its sides. Crafted from a single piece of copper and left untreated, these panels are destined to evolve over time, embracing the forces of oxidation as a unique testament to the passage of time.
Rear view of Peugeot Onyx hybrid supercar. (Picture from: FabWheelsDigest)
Venturing into the Onyx's interior unveils a realm of sophistication that mirrors its exterior allure. A seamless, neutral-colored material envelops the cabin, reminiscent of avant-garde French aesthetics. The seats seamlessly blend into the interior, blurring the lines between practicality and artistic extravagance. It's a symphony of design, pushing the boundaries of what one expects from a billion-dollar, steampunk-inspired concept supercar.
Despite incorporating existing technology and adopting production design elements, such as the sleek new grille and the aluminum arches reminiscent of the RCZ, the Onyx remains firmly grounded in the realm of concepts. Peugeot's visionary creation tantalizes the automotive world, leaving enthusiasts yearning for a tangible manifestation on the streets. The Onyx stands not only as a testament to French automotive design but as a beacon of innovation that beckons toward the future. (See Onyx scooter concept). *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARSCOOPS | AUTOBLOG | FABWHEELSDIGEST ]
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