Paris 2012: Peugeot Onyx Supercar, Bicycle, Scooter Concepts Glimmer Under The Lights

The Peugeot Onyx concept is a supercar, and it also inspired a bicycle and scooter concept with similar color schemes. The copper-and-black trio made their official debut today at the Paris Motor Show, confounding photographers with its combination of flat black paint and shiny copper panels.
The Onyx itself is a wild design with strakes, flares, and ripples all over its bodywork. A splash of shiny cooper covers the front fenders and doors, while the rear has a broad and wide decklid. The interior, too, is full of concept-car whimsy like a D-shaped steering wheel, carbon-fiber components, woven wool, and a bizarre translucent center console.
Powering the Onyx supercar is a hybrid drivetrain, sort of. A twin-turbo diesel V-8 engine sends 600 hp to the rear wheels by way of a six-speed sequential transmission, while a motor/generator and lithium-ion battery can provide an 80-hp boost for improved acceleration.
Nearby on the Peugeot stand is the Onyx Megatrike, also a hybrid that can travel up to 18 miles at 30 mph on electric power alone, before a 400-cc gasoline engine takes over propulsion duties. The gawky-looking scooter also has a splash of shiny copper over its flat-black bodywork, and its design is overall less outlandish than that of the Onyx supercar.
Internal combustion and electricity not your style? Peugeot also displayed its Onyx bicycle concept, a version of Peugeot Cycle’s top-tier racing bike. Almost every part of the aggressive, aerodynamically-focused racing bicycle is made from carbon fiber, and the front aero bars are sharply pointed to better cut through the air. No surprise on the color chart: it’s flat black, with a few splashes of shiny copper.
Ultimately, Peugeot probably won’t build the shiny Onyx concept, and it’s likely to remain an imaginative concept car. While Peugeot has previously built diesel-powered monster machines for the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, the company pulled out of this year’s race due to financial constraints. Pity — we’d love to see and hear a race version of the Onyx barreling down the Mulsanne Straight.
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