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Peugeot Onyx supercar concept (2012) first pictures
12 September 2012 12:40
This angular beast is the Peugeot Onyx concept. It's a diesel-hybrid supercar that boats a mid-mounted V8 engine, but forget the tech - this is much more a design study that nay serious interpretation of an upcoming Peugeot flagship.
Instead, concentrate on the bare copper panels and one-piece felt-covered interior. It's a true fantasy concept, and will be on display at the Paris motor show later this month.
Peugeot's Paris show Onyx concept
The Onyx's most distinguishing feature are the bare copper wings and doors. And you thought the days of Peugeot cars that corroded in the rain were over! Strictly, the Onyx isn't going to dissolve after exposure to inclement weather - it's all deliberate.
Because of the patina the Onyx would build over time as its copper reacts, Peugeot touts the car as being alive, with a changing form. Read into that what you will, but we wouldn't expect to see the copper-top finish available on your common-or-garden 208 supermini any time soon.
The rest of the body panels are far more conventional (in supercar terms): they're all carbonfibre, painted in fashionable matt black.
Isn't the Onyx a bit pie-in-the-sky?
Exactly. The Peugeot Onyx concept is by no means a serious production proposition. What it does demonstrate (like the Nissan Terra concept, also starring at Paris) is that car companies still have flair and imagination they're proud to show off, even in the dire straits of the current European industry crisis.
If you prefer your Pugs more conventional, follow the links to check out CAR's first offical pictures stories of the 208 GTI, 2008 crossover and RCZ coupe facelift.