Visitors to this year’s Paris Motor Show have been spoilt for choice when it comes to jaw-droppingly beautiful cars, with you would have already seen us feature McLaren’s P1 and the new Jaguar F-Type which were particular highlights. However, now that the dust has settled, the undoubted star of the show has been the new Peugeot Onyx concept.

Peugeot Onyx concept

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The hybrid supercar is a striking vision, finished with matte black and then adorned with wings and doors made from polished copper that, according to Peugeot, are left unprotected so the panels will change over time thanks to oxidation. Coupled with its low profile and aggressive lines it screams supercar and this is backed up by Peugeot’s decision to equip the Onyx with a 3.7-litre V8 that churns out 600bhp and shares its heritage with their Le Mans racer prototype.

The hybrid side of things is provided by an F1 style kinetic energy recovery system, which transfers braking energy into the lithium ion batteries and can boost the car’s output by 80bhp when needed. Peugeot have eagerly borrowed from their motorsport experience in other areas by manufacturing the Onyx’s body panels from carbon fibre and using a lightweight acrylic alternative to glass that brings the car’s weight down to just 1100kg. The interior of the Onyx does not disappoint either. Covered in compressed felt with no joins or stitching it includes a wooden dashboard made from recycled newspapers.

The only complaint about the Onyx is that it is almost guaranteed to join the long list of Peugeot concept cars that never saw the light of day such as the 607 Feline Concept and 1986 Proxima. However, we can still enjoy the Onyx for what it is – a stunning piece of automotive design.

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