The Peugeot Onyx Supercar Concept is a concept that will never be built and based on the underpinnings of the Peugeot Le Mans car.
It’s Peugeot’s home show, so they want to make a splash. And what better way than with a supercar concept, even if it will never be built?
So Paris 2012 gets treated to the appealing Peugeot Onyx – a Gallic Jaguar C-X75, if you like – looking sexy and sleek on the floor in Paris with its copper and carbon fibre body and use of unusual materials like crystal glass and compressed paper.
But it seems, as if we didn’t already know, that Peugeot aren’t planning to build an Onyx supercar – or at least not in their current financial muddle - and have even nicked its underpinnings from their own Le Mans 24hr diesel engine car to give the Onyx some eco and supercar credibility.
That means a 3.7 litre V8 at the back end with a six-speed sequential ‘box and an electric motor for an extra 80bhp boost for when you need it. Which you won’t, as the Onyx isn’t going anywhere.
Which is all rather sad. The Peugeot Onyx looks great and would make a great halo supercar with true performance and passable eco credentials for any car maker.
Just not Peugeot. Certainly not at the moment.