Peugeot puts hybrid spin on supercar concept
PARIS -- Peugeot says the Onyx supercar concept that will debut at the upcoming Paris auto show demonstrates what sporty versions of hybrid production models will offer.
"The Onyx shows that our hybrids can be very sexy and very fast," a Peugeot spokesman told Automotive News Europe.
Peugeot tapped its Peugeot Sport division for the design of the Onyx's 3.7-liter V-8 diesel-hybrid engine that can deliver a maximum 600 hp with a six-speed sequential gearbox that powers the back axle.
The powertrain is derived from Peugeot's HYbrid4 system, which transfers energy to lithium-ion batteries when the brakes are engaged.
Peugeot produced the Onyx with special materials to improve the concept's aerodynamics and weight-versus-power ratio.
The windows and transparent roof are made of a shatter-proof, polymer-based material that was previously marketed as Plexiglas.
The frame of the car is composed of 12 monolithic carbon components, which Peugeot says improves the car body's stiffness while weighing only 100 kg.
The Onyx shares its "double-bubble" roofline and aluminum roof arches with the Peugeot RCZ sports coupe.
Peugeot says the materials helped to limit the Onyx' weight to 1,100 kg despite the size of the vehicle, which is 4650mm long, 2200mm wide, and 1130mm tall.
Peugeot has also created an Onyx scooter and bike concepts to demonstrate how the company seeks to offer designs beyond cars to extend its range of mobility offerings.
Peugeot will also show in Paris the 2008 crossover concept, which previews the brand's upcoming subcompact SUV/crossover. The production model will go on sale early next year called the 2008 and it will be built in France, Brazil and China.
The model will compete with vehicles such as the Opel Mokka and Nissan Juke in a fast-growing market niche. The 2008 is based on the 208 hatchback. The 2008 will replace the 207 station wagon in the brand's lineup.
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