Report Card: Supercar Silhouette — Peugeot's ONYX Concept -

Report Card: Supercar Silhouette — Peugeot’s ONYX Concept

The Onyx, which debuted during the Paris Auto Show, was sculpted using materials with little processing.

Peugeot’s supercar concept — Onyx — exudes the skills of the talented engineers and designers, introducing new techniques and innovative materials to produce a stylish design with extreme performance that inspires excitement and desirability, while providing a glimpse of the theme of thinking with the future in mind.

The Onyx, which debuted during the Paris Auto Show held Sept. 29-Oct. 14, was sculpted using materials with little processing.

With its V8 engine in a central rear position, the Onyx propels its admirers into a world of high performance, controlled in all circumstances thanks to intuitive instruments and controls.

In addition to its stunning aesthetics, it explores new ‘raw’ materials, to take efficiency to another level.

The sharp bodywork calls out with the striking contrast of its materials and colors. Fashioned by hand by a master craftsman, the wings and doors are pure copper sheets, similar to a polished

Because this material is not painted, its appearance will change over time, gaining a patina. As for the other panels of the bodywork, these are made from a carbon fiber, painted matt black.

Bolted onto the carbon fiber shell, the 3.7L V8 hybrid HDi FAP engine and the suspension bear all the experience of Peugeot Sport, which has gained proven reliability on tracks all over the world.

Cooled by ducts that are located on the roof, the V8 transmits its 600 bhp (brake horsepower) to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox. Fitted with tires specially developed by Michelin, (275/30 at the front and 345/30 at the rear), the 20” wheels see their hub retained on the structure by a double wishbone and an in-board controlled suspension, both at the front and at the rear.

The car’s HYbrid4 technology recovers the kinetic energy, which is usually lost during braking. Stored in lithium-ion batteries, this energy is then delivered automatically on acceleration, boosting the power by an additional 80 bhp.

The management of this function is transparent to the driver.

A link between experience and the future, the Onyx incorporates the present by paying tribute to the Peugeot RCZ through its ‘double-bubble’ roof and aluminum arches.

With complete transparency, revealing the carbon fiber structure and the passenger compartment, the windows and roof are made of PMMA (PolyMethyl MethAcrylate). Enclosing the cocoon, they
guarantee the occupants’ optimum protection due to its ultra-resistant structure.

Inspired by passionate people, the Onyx offers its adorers a vision of tomorrow.

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