As expected, Peugeot came out strong at their hometown Motor Show with their new vehicles, but it was definitely their new Peugeot Onyx Hybrid Supercar that had all eyes on it. True to its name, it claimed the attention and imagination of everyone in attendance with a matte black paint body with two huge swathes of high polished copper adorning both sides. That copper is not just a décor either, it is actually what the supercar is made of. Each side has a single piece of copper that is polished to gleam, but is otherwise unprotected from the elements, on purpose. Peugeot said the goal is for the copper to change over time with oxidation effects that should leave a unique impression for each car.
Sandeep Bhambra, Onyx Exterior Stylist shares the Peugeot vision, “The silhouette of the Onyx is sculpted softly, sensuously, but it is also alive and technological. From the first sketches I wanted to create a showcase for technological excellence and craftsmanship by combining elements demonstrating high aerodynamic performance, Black Diamond lamps and copper bodywork panels fashioned by hand.”
Sophie Gazeau, Peugeot Colour & Materials Stylist added, “We sought materials fit for a supercar, then they presented themselves of their own accord by their obvious suitability. Carbon for high performance, copper and glass for tradition, felt and paper, natural and used every day.”
It’s not just the outside that makes a powerful statement. The Peugeot Onyx hosts a 3.7 liter V8 that gives a tremendous 600 horsepower through a six speed sequential gearbox. There is a lithium-ion battery powered electric system that adds another 80 horses. 680 horses in a lightweight car. Amazing.
Gilles Vidal, Peugeot Style Director says, “Onyx has the strength of a supercar, with extremely aerodynamic lines. It is made unique by its sculpted, chiselled style and by the innovative materials and structure.”