New Peugeot hybrid supercar concept revealed

Perhaps best known for its superb small cars such as the new Peugeot 208, the brand is now seeking a halo model at the top of the range.

The concept will be presented to the public during the 2012 Paris Motor Show which takes place in a couple of week’s time.

The low-slung mid-engined model has been described by Peugeot as ‘a link between experience and the future’. The Onyx’s design highlights the present and future styling of Peugeot models such as the 208 supermini launched this year. At the same time the concept also references other models from the company’s past.

For example a double-bubble roof is featured on the Onyx in tribute to the Peugeot RCZ coupe, first launched back in 2010.

This a feature Peugeot has earned praise for on its Audi TT-rivalling Coupe, which itself has received an update this month.

Other noteworthy styling features surrounding the Peugeot Onyx’s carbon-fibre bodyshell include its flat floor which creates extra downforce, and the dashboard which is made of wood produced from recycled newspapers.

The engine is a 3.7-litre V8 petrol unit which is combined with an electric motor, similar to that used in Peugeot’s last LeMans race car, the 908. However, it could potentially be the first time it is used in a production vehicle.

No exact performance figures have been given for the Peugeot Onyx, but reports suggest it could achieve the 0-62mph sprint in under three seconds.

Models which inspired the Onyx’s design, including the Peugeot 208 and the Peugeot RCZ are available to buy now at Perrys Peugeot Dealerships which can be found in Aylesbury, Blackburn, Bolton, Milton Keynes, Nelson and Portsmouth.