Peugeot's spectacular Onyx concept is one of the most interesting cars of the 2012 Paris Motor Show.


Don’t get your hopes up too high as it’s highly unlikely that the Peugeot Onyx concept will ever make it as a production model. This is perhaps the most spectacular model at the French automaker’s stand in Paris this year; a mid-engined supercar with a rear-drive layout and a sleek minimalistic look. What makes it interesting is that it’s manufactured from unprocessed raw materials and most of its technology comes from the company’s Le Mans prototype.

The doors and wings are hand-made from copper sheet, while some of the other panels are built from carbon fiber. The roof and windows are constructed from a lightweight acrylic, all for the purpose of creating a lightweight supercar. And so it is as the Onyx tips the scales at only 1100 kg (2425 lbs) and has the following dimensions: 4650mm long, 2200mm wide and a 1130mm height.

The power of the supercar is granted by the V8 3.7-liter hybrid HDI FAP engine that generates 600 bhp (447 kW), linked to a 6-speed sequential gearbox. Let’s not forget that the Onyx also has a kinetic energy recovery system that can channel the braking energy into lithium-ion batteries and then upon acceleration it automatically discharge this accumulated energy, providing an extra 80 bhp (60 kW).


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