French automaker Peugeot recently unveiled its Onyx concept at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. The recently troubled car manufacturer has seen its stock fall 57 percent since the beginning of the year, when it announced an alliance with General Motors to share parts and cut costs but it’s attempting to make a bid at a comeback with this masterpiece of a concept car.

The Onyx employs a spectrum of materials within the sleek machine; including a palette of natural and recycled products. It has a gorgeous matte black paint finish and flanking its sides are continuous panels of copper (which is meant to oxidize and patina over time). Compressed/laminated newspaper uniquely make up its dashboard and the interior is clad in a one-piece felt.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a futuristic supercar without the inclusion of carbon fiber. All of the body panels of this lightweight concept are composed of carbon fiber, and puts the final weight at just 2,425 pounds. The Onyx prototype is powered by a hybrid powertrain, a 3.7-liter V8 which gives the six-speed a total of 600 horsepower; the lithium-ion battery-powered electric system adds another 80 horses.

If that wasn’t enough, there’s also a bicycle and beefy, yet sleek, motorized Supertrike to match.

Who wants a ride?


via Autoblog, Autoweek, and Motor Trend

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