Peugeot supercar pics leaked

MATT CAMPBELL
Last updated 12:14 13/09/2012
Peugeot's Onyx supercar will be unveiled at the 2012 Paris motor show.
Peugeot's Onyx supercar will be unveiled at the 2012 Paris motor show.

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A new Peugeot supercar known as the Onyx has been leaked online ahead of its debut at this year's Paris motor show.

The leaked images of the Onyx surfaced on Autoblog.nl, with the swoopy supercar indicating the French brand’s possible intent to enter into a completely new segment.


Click photo at left for more views of Peugeot's supercar.


The Peugeot Onyx concept car bears the same double-bubble roofline as the French brand’s RCZ compact coupe, though the sleek supercar’s lid is much lower and more angular.

The car  has a funky two-tone colour scheme and it appears to have full LED headlights, daytime running lights and tail-lights. At the back it has a powered rear spoiler similar to those seen on the Mini Roadster and Porsche 911,

The overhead shot of the car shows a slightly wider rear-end, which may indicate that power will be sent to the rear wheels. There are six exhaust outlets integrated into the rear bumper, and the vents behind the rear glass indicate that one of the car’s motors will be housed at the rear. The Onyx is expected to have two motors.

Spanish site Autoblog.es claims the car will be powered by a hybrid drivetrain consisting of a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing close to 200kW working in tandem with an electric motor capable of about 90kW. The site says the concept is expected to use just 4L/100km – just a touch more than a Toyota Prius (3.9L).

Some reports suggest the car will be a plug-in hybrid similar to the Holden Volt, which means it may be able to drive on pure electric power as well as using its petrol engine to help the car go further, as well as combining electric and petrol power for extra push.

Inside, the Onyx has a two-pod, t-shirt fabric style interior with racing belts and no actual seats – instead, passengers are strapped to the bulkhead inside the car. The steering wheel is an angular, F1-style unit, and there are no stalks behind it – instead, the lights and wipers are controlled via buttons on the tiller.

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